Skorpa, Troms

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Skorpa
Native name: Skárfu
Skorpa from Gildetun-Kvænangenfjorden.jpg
View of Skorpa
Norway - Skorpa, Kvænangen.png
Location in Troms
Geography
Location Troms, Norway
Coordinates 69°55′54″N 21°41′24″E / 69.9317°N 21.6899°E / 69.9317; 21.6899Coordinates: 69°55′54″N 21°41′24″E / 69.9317°N 21.6899°E / 69.9317; 21.6899
Area 8.26 km2 (3.19 sq mi)
Highest elevation 307 m (1,007 ft)
Highest point Varden
Country
County Troms
Municipality Kvænangen

Skorpa (Northern Sami: Skárfu) is an uninhabited island in the municipality of Kvænangen in Troms county, Norway. The 8.26-square-kilometre (3.19 sq mi) island is located in the middle of the Kvænangen fjord. The last permanent resident of the island moved off the island around 1980, and the island has had no permanent inhabitants since then.[1]

History[edit]

The island was the historical center of the municipality of Kvænangen. The municipal government and Skorpa Church were located on the island. The Skorpa prisoner of war camp was located on the island during World War II. The municipal government moved to Burfjord on the mainland during the 20th century and the island's population continued to decline until around 1980 when the island became uninhabited.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Skorpa – øy i Troms" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-12-23.