Nordfjord

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This article is about the traditional district in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. For other uses, see Nordfjorden.

Nordfjord (English: Northern fjord—in contrast to Sunnfjord) is a traditional district of Norway. The region is located in the northern part of Sogn og Fjordane county in Western Norway. It centers around the Nordfjorden and it comprises the municipalities of Selje, Vågsøy, Bremanger, Eid, Gloppen, Hornindal, and Stryn. The Nordfjord region covers an area of about 4,295 square kilometres (1,658 sq mi) and is home to a population (2010) of approximately 32,464.[1]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1769 13,171 —    
1951 28,234 +114.4%
1960 33,107 +17.3%
1970 33,657 +1.7%
1980 34,283 +1.9%
1990 34,033 −0.7%
2000 33,157 −2.6%
2010 32,464 −2.1%
2020(est) 32,029 −1.3%
2030(est) 32,066 +0.1%
Source: Statistics Norway[2][3]

The fjord is the sixth longest in Norway stretching 106 kilometres (66 mi) from the island of Husevågøy at the mouth to the village of Loen at the other end. The region encompasses the rough coastline of the Stadlandet peninsula to the Jostedalsbreen, Europe's largest mainland glacier. The region also includes the lake Hornindalsvatnet, Europe's deepest lake at 514 metres (1,686 ft) below sea level. The glacier Briksdalsbreen is particularly scenic. The Stryn area provides year-round alpine skiing, and there are numerous old fishing communities along the fjord going back to pre-Viking times.[4]

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Coordinates: 61°55′34″N 5°08′40″E / 61.92611°N 5.14444°E / 61.92611; 5.14444