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Bardu kommune
Bearddu suohkan
Perttulan komuuni
Panorama of the village of Setermoen
Panorama of the village of Setermoen
Coat of arms of Bardu kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Bardu kommune
Troms within
Bardu within Troms
Bardu within Troms
Coordinates: 68°51′51″N 18°21′10″E / 68.86417°N 18.35278°E / 68.86417; 18.35278Coordinates: 68°51′51″N 18°21′10″E / 68.86417°N 18.35278°E / 68.86417; 18.35278
Country Norway
County Troms
District Midt-Troms
Administrative centre Setermoen
 • Mayor (2003) Arne Nysted (Ap)
 • Total 2,703.89 km2 (1,043.98 sq mi)
 • Land 2,515.73 km2 (971.33 sq mi)
 • Water 188.16 km2 (72.65 sq mi)
Area rank 16 in Norway
Population (2012)
 • Total 3,875
 • Rank 236 in Norway
 • Density 1.5/km2 (4/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 2 %
Demonym(s) Bardudøl[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1922
Official language form Neutral
Data from Statistics Norway

Bardu (Northern Sami: Bearddu suohkan, Kven: Perttulan komuuni) is a municipality in Troms county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Setermoen, the largest urban area in the municipality.

Norway's largest military garrison is located at Setermoen. The military is the municipality's largest employer and more than 1,000 young soldiers perform their duty service here each year. The world's most northern zoo, Polar Zoo is located in the southern part of the municipality.

General information[edit]

Map of the municipality

The municipality of Bardodalen was established in 1854 when the eastern part of the municipality of Ibestad was separated to form the new municipality. The initial population of the new municipality was 757. The municipal borders have not changed since then, although the name was later changed to Bardu.[2]


Bardu is a Norwegianized form of the Sámi name Beardu. The meaning of the Sámi name is probably "long and steep mountain side". Prior to 1889, the municipality was called "Bardodalen" which meant "the valley/dale of Bardo". From 1889 until 1908, the name was written "Bardo". Since 1909, it has been spelled "Bardu".[3]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 6 June 1980. The arms show a black wolverine on a gold background. It was chosen as a symbol for the large forests and the rich wildlife in the municipality.[4] As municipality flower is chosen Rock Speedwell (Veronica fruticans)


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Bardu. It is part of the Indre Troms deanery in the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland.

Churches in Bardu
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Bardu Bardu Church Setermoen 1829
Nedre Bardu Chapel Brandmoen 1981
Øvre Bardu Chapel Sørdalen 1971
Salangsdalen Chapel Salangsdalen 1981


All municipalities in Norway, including Bardu, are responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Bardu is made up of 19 representatives that are elected to every four years. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[5]

Bardu Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 7
  Progress Party Fremskrittspartiet 1
  Conservative Party Høyre 4
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 6
  Liberal Party Venstre 1
Total number of members: 19


Bardu borders the municipalities of Lavangen and Salangen to the west, Målselv to the north, Narvik (in Nordland county) to the south, and Sweden to the east. The Barduelva river runs through the municipality from south to north along the Bardudalen valley. The Salangsdalen valley is located along the western part of the municipality. The largest lake in the county, Altevatnet, is located in the eastern part of the municipality, near the smaller lakes Geavdnjajávri and Leinavatn. These lakes lie in and near Rohkunborri National Park.


Bardu, although not far from the coast, is known for its cold winters compared to the coastal areas. This is caused by mountains usually blocking the milder, coastal air from reaching the Bardu valley. In summer, however, it is usually warmer than the coastal areas.

Climate data for Setermoen
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) −10.3
Average precipitation mm (inches) 73
Average precipitation days (≥ 1 mm) 11.2 11.8 9.6 8.8 8.0 9.7 12.4 13.2 13.7 13.9 11.8 12.6 136.7
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[6]

Media gallery[edit]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Bardu" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  4. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  5. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015. 
  6. ^ "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute. 

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