Arvidsjaur Municipality

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Arvidsjaur Municipality
Arvidsjaurs kommun
Municipality
Coat of arms of Arvidsjaur Municipality
Coat of arms
Arvidsjaur Municipality in Norrbotten County.png
Country Sweden
County Norrbotten County
Seat Arvidsjaur
Area[1]
 • Total 6,126.32 km2 (2,365.39 sq mi)
 • Land 5,655.97 km2 (2,183.78 sq mi)
 • Water 470.35 km2 (181.60 sq mi)
  Area as of January 1, 2014.
Population (June 30, 2017)[2]
 • Total 6,450
 • Density 1.1/km2 (2.7/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code SE
Province Lapland
Municipal code 2505
Website www.arvidsjaur.se
Reindeers outside a disco.

Arvidsjaur Municipality (Swedish: Arvidsjaurs kommun, Northern Sami: Árviesjávrrie gielda) is a municipality in Norrbotten County in northern Sweden. Its seat is Arvidsjaur.

History[edit]

Arvidsjaur Municipality was for a long time only inhabited by the Sami people. They were back then a hunting people, living off the abundance of fish and wildlife in the area. Archaeological discoveries suggest that people have been moving through the area for several thousands of years. The name Arvidsjaur itself comes from a Sami word which means "generous water" and was originally the name of the adjacent lake.

In the 14th and 15th century some farmers settled in the area. They acquired furs and skins from the hunters, and traded them off to southern regions, allegedly in vast numbers.

The Christianization of Arvidsjaur Municipality was slow, as it was in Norrland as a whole, because of the low population, the harsh climate and the long distances. It was also commonly believed that Norrland was inhabited by magicians.

Not until 1577 did the first settler, Per Käck, settle in Arvidsjaur. The settlers built the first chapel at the marketplace at the time, in 1560. The first church was inaugurated in 1604.

The Swedish minister and missionary Petrus Læstadius (1802–1841; brother of Lars Levi Læstadius, founder of the largest Christian revival movement in Norrland) collected old stories and myths in the area in the 19th century, which create the basis for our knowledge from that time.

Geography[edit]

Arvidsjaur Municipality is located about 110 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle, in the center of the northernmost land, Norrland. It is also part of the geographic area Lapland, which consists of the northern parts of Sweden, Norway and Finland. Sami people are an indigenous minority group who mainly live on breeding reindeers. Arvidsjaur Municipality still contains several Sami villages, and as a tribute to the Sami people a reindeer is the basis for the municipal coat of arms.

Localities[edit]

There are three localities (or urban areas) in Arvidsjaur Municipality:[3]

# Locality Population
1 Arvidsjaur 4,644
2 Glommersträsk 306
3 Moskosel 299

The municipal seat in bold

Elections[edit]

Riksdag[edit]

These are the results of the elections to the Riksdag since the 1972 municipal reform. Norrbotten Party also contested the 1994 election but due to the party's small size at a nationwide level SCB did not publish the party's results at a municipal level. The same applies to the Sweden Democrats between 1988 and 1998. "Turnout" denotes the percentage of eligible voters casting any ballots, whereas "Votes" denotes the number of actual valid ballots cast.

Year Turnout Votes V S MP C L KD M SD ND NP/SP
1973[4] 90.3 5,512 15.8 51.4 0.0 18.5 5.9 2.1 5.4 0.0 0.0 0.0
1976[5] 90.3 5,604 13.5 53.7 0.0 19.1 6.2 2.5 4.3 0.0 0.0 0.0
1979[6] 90.5 5,704 11.5 56.3 0.0 15.6 6.4 2.7 5.6 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982[7] 90.6 5,872 11.0 58.9 0.5 13.0 3.8 2.7 8.2 0.0 0.0 0.0
1985[8] 90.1 5,836 10.8 60.1 0.5 11.9 8.4 0.0 8.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988[9] 85.9 5,458 11.6 59.3 3.1 8.7 7.5 3.0 6.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991[10] 85.0 5,331 9.7 55.9 1.1 9.3 6.3 5.1 9.0 0.0 3.0 0.0
1994[11] 87.0 5,390 12.1 62.0 2.8 6.5 3.9 2.7 8.8 0.0 0.3 0.0
1998[12] 82.0 4,807 24.6 49.2 2.7 5.4 3.2 5.5 8.4 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002[13] 79.1 4,425 14.5 53.8 1.8 7.4 5.4 4.3 5.0 0.0 0.0 6.5
2006[14] 81.9 4,438 12.5 57.5 1.7 7.5 3.9 2.1 10.5 1.0 0.0 1.6
2010[15] 84.1 4,411 11.1 54.0 2.6 7.2 4.1 2.0 13.4 4.5 0.0 0.0
2014[16] 85.0 4,326 10.2 52.1 1.6 6.2 3.1 1.8 10.1 13.1 0.0 0.0

Blocs

This lists the relative strength of the socialist and centre-right blocs since 1973, but parties not elected to the Riksdag are inserted as "other", including the Sweden Democrats results from 1988 to 2006, but also the Christian Democrats pre-1991 and the Greens in 1982, 1985 and 1991. The sources are identical to the table above. The coalition or government mandate marked in bold formed the government after the election. New Democracy got elected in 1991 but are still listed as "other" due to the short lifespan of the party.

Year Turnout Votes Left Right SD Other Elected
1973 90.3 5,512 67.2 29.8 0.0 3.0 97.0
1976 90.3 5,604 67.2 29.6 0.0 3.2 96.8
1979 90.5 5,704 67.8 27.6 0.0 4.6 95.4
1982 90.6 5,872 69.9 25.0 0.0 5.1 94.9
1985 90.1 5,836 70.9 28.3 0.0 0.9 99.1
1988 85.9 5,458 74.0 22.2 0.0 3.8 96.2
1991 85.0 5,331 65.6 29.7 0.0 4.7 98.1
1994 87.0 5,390 76.9 21.9 0.0 1.2 98.8
1998 82.0 4,807 76.5 22.5 0.0 1.0 99.0
2002 79.1 4,425 70.1 22.1 0.0 7.8 92.2
2006 81.9 4,438 71.7 24.0 0.0 4.3 95.7
2010 84.1 4,411 67.7 26.7 4.5 1.1 98.9
2014 85.0 4,326 63.9 21.2 13.1 1.8 98.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (Microsoft Excel) (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 30 juni 2017" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. August 18, 2017. Retrieved August 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ Statistics Sweden as of December 31, 2005
  4. ^ "Riksdagsvalet 1973 (page 168)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Riksdagsvalet 1976 (page 163)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "Riksdagsvalet 1979 (page 187)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "Riksdagsvalet 1982 (page 189)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "Riksdagsvalet 1985 (page 189)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  9. ^ "Riksdagsvalet 1988 (page 169)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "Riksdagsvalet 1991 (page 31)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "Riksdagsvalet 1994 (page 46)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Riksdagsvalet 1998 (page 43)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  13. ^ "Valresultat Riksdag Arvidsjaurs kommun 2002" (in Swedish). Valmyndigheten. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  14. ^ "Valresultat Riksdag Arvidsjaurs kommun 2006" (in Swedish). Valmyndigheten. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  15. ^ "Valresultat Riksdag Arvidsjaurs kommun 2010" (in Swedish). Valmyndigheten. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  16. ^ "Valresultat Riksdag Arvidsjaurs kommun 2014" (in Swedish). Valmyndigheten. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 65°35′N 19°07′E / 65.583°N 19.117°E / 65.583; 19.117