Alta (town)

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Alattio / Áltá
View of parts of the town
View of parts of the town
Alta is located in Finnmark
Location in Finnmark and Norway
Alta is located in Norway
Alta (Norway)
Coordinates: 69°58′07″N 23°16′17″E / 69.96861°N 23.27139°E / 69.96861; 23.27139Coordinates: 69°58′07″N 23°16′17″E / 69.96861°N 23.27139°E / 69.96861; 23.27139
Country Norway
Region Northern Norway
County Finnmark
District Vest-Finnmark
Municipality Alta
 • Total 9.05 km2 (3.49 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 60 m (200 ft)
Population (2013)[1]
 • Total 14,272
 • Density 1,577/km2 (4,080/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 9509 Alta

Alta (Northern Sami: Áltá; Kven: Alattio) is a town in Alta Municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. The town is the administrative centre of the municipality and it is located on the southern end of Altafjorden, at the mouth of the river Altaelva. There are several suburbs around the town. Kåfjord, Kvenvik, and Jiepmaluokta lie to the west; Øvre Alta and Tverrelvdalen lie to the south; and Rafsbotn lies to the east. The famous rock carvings at Alta lie just to the west of the town.[3]

The town of Alta has three churches: the historic Alta Church in Bossekop, the relatively new Elvebakken Church in Elvebakken, and the Northern Lights Cathedral (the new "main" church for the municipality that was completed in 2013). Alta is also an educational centre in Finnmark county. Finnmark University College is based in Alta as well as the local primary and secondary schools, including Alta videregående skole. Alta District Court is based in the town, serving the municipalities of Loppa and Alta. Alta IF is the main sports team for the town.[3]


View of the central part of Alta

Alta is considered the northernmost city in the world with a population surpassing 10,000. The town of Alta was established in 2000 when the villages of Bossekop, Elvebakken, and Alta were joined and declared a town by the municipality council. The 9.05-square-kilometre (2,240-acre) town has a population (2013) of 14,272, which gives it a population density of 1,577 inhabitants per square kilometre (4,080/sq mi).[1][3]


Alta is a centre of transportation in Finnmark county. The town has port facilities along Altafjorden, just alongside Alta Airport in Elvebakken. The airport has direct flights to Oslo, and certain other big cities in Norway like Tromsø. The European route E6 highway also runs through the town. The main industries present in Alta include a concrete product factory; several wood mills and sawmills; and dairy, horticulture trade, and maritime services.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2013). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality". 
  2. ^ "Alta" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  3. ^ a b c d Store norske leksikon. "Alta tettsted" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-01-21. 

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