View of Storslett
Nordreisa within Troms
|• Mayor (2011)||Lidvart Jacobsen (Ap)|
|• Total||3,436.64 km2 (1,326.89 sq mi)|
|• Land||3,335.37 km2 (1,287.79 sq mi)|
|• Water||101.27 km2 (39.10 sq mi)|
|Area rank||9 in Norway|
|• Rank||200 in Norway|
|• Density||1.4/km2 (4/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||1.4 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1942|
|Official language form||Bokmål|
Nordreisa (Northern Sami: Ráissa suohkan, Kven: Raisin komuuni) is a municipality in Troms county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Storslett. Other villages include Oksfjordhamn, Sørkjosen, and Rotsund.
The municipality consists of the Reisadalen valley, with the river Reisaelva and deep pine forests, surrounded by mountains and high plateaus. Most people live in Storslett, where the river meets the Reisafjorden. Sørkjosen, just northwest of Storslett, is the location of Sørkjosen Airport with flights to Tromsø and several destinations in Finnmark. The European route E6 runs through the northern part of the municipality.
The municipality of Nordreisa was established on 1 January 1886 when the southern part of Skjervøy (population: 1,057) was separated to form the new municipality. On 1 January 1890, the Trætten and Loppevolden farms (population: 32) were transferred to Nordreisa from Skjervøy. The parts of Skjervøy lying on the mainland (population: 1,556) were transferred from Skjervøy to Nordreisa on 1 January 1972. On 1 January 1982, the southern part of Uløya (population: 128) was transferred from Skjervøy to Nordreisa.
The municipality is named after the Reisafjorden (originally Reisa), which again is named after Reisaelva ("Reisa river" - originally Reisa). The river name is probably derived form the verb rísa which means "raise" (referring to flooding).
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 21 December 1984. The arms show two white salmon on a green background. This was chosen since the river Reisaelva is one of the country's best salmon rivers.
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Most inhabitants are descendants of settlers from Finland who came over in the 18th century, escaping famine and war. Today, only a few old people can speak Finnish. Some inhabitants have Sami or Norwegian backgrounds, and today the Norwegian language is most commonly used.
Few old buildings survive in Nordreisa, as virtually everything was destroyed in early 1945 by retreating German troops. The two major attractions are the old trading post at Havnnes, with picturesque old houses that escaped the war damages, and the waterfall of Mollisfossen, which is 269 metres (883 ft) high. The upper, or southernmost, areas of the municipality are covered by the Reisa National Park with unique forest and high plateau vegetation.
In the 2007 municipal elections, Nordreisa recorded the highest vote for the right-wing Progress Party in Norway at 49.3%.
Nordreisa municipality is located around the Reisafjorden and the Reisadalen valley. The municipality also includes the southern part of the island of Uløya. The Lyngen lies on the northwestern edge of the municipality. The island municipality of Skjervøy lies to the north; Kvænangen and Kautokeino municipalities are to the east; Finland is to the south; and Gáivuotna–Kåfjord and Lyngen to the west. The large mountain Halti lies in the southern part of the municipality, near Reisa National Park.
|Climate data for Storslett|
|Average high °C (°F)||−4.3
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−8.0
|Average low °C (°F)||−12.2
|Precipitation mm (inches)||59
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 1 mm)||10.3||9.8||9.1||7.8||8.2||9.8||11.3||11.4||11.8||12.6||11.6||11.3||125.0|
|Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute|
- Bjørn Arne Olsen, actor in Titanic
- Eirik Høgbakk, professional football player
- Vebjørn Karlsen Fosnes, found a very unique species of a strawberry
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- Media related to Nordreisa at Wikimedia Commons
- The dictionary definition of nordreisa at Wiktionary
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