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View of the village in May
View of the village in May
Borkenes is located in Troms
Location in Troms
Borkenes is located in Norway
Borkenes (Norway)
Coordinates: 68°46′26″N 16°10′26″E / 68.77389°N 16.17389°E / 68.77389; 16.17389Coordinates: 68°46′26″N 16°10′26″E / 68.77389°N 16.17389°E / 68.77389; 16.17389
RegionNorthern Norway
DistrictCentral Hålogaland
MunicipalityKvæfjord Municipality
 • Total1.03 km2 (0.40 sq mi)
Elevation29 m (95 ft)
 • Total1,508
 • Density1,464/km2 (3,790/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Post Code
9475 Borkenes

Borkenes is the administrative centre of Kvæfjord Municipality in Troms county, Norway. The farming village is located on the island of Hinnøya, about 18 kilometres (11 mi) west of the city of Harstad. It is located along the Kvæfjorden (an arm of the Gullesfjorden), looking across the fjord at the island of Kvæøya.[3]

View of Borkenes

Kvæfjord Church is located in the village centre near the local school. The village is built along the small river Råelva. The 1.03-square-kilometre (250-acre) village has a population (2017) of 1,508 which gives the village a population density of 1,464 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,790/sq mi).[1]


Earlier, Borkenes was an industrial center with the production of herring oil as the main industry. Later the center for people with mental retardation at Trastad, in the northwestern part of Borkenes became a principal industry for the village. In the 1990s, the government decided to close all institutions of this scale. People who had been living there for many years could choose to move home or continue living in new housing at Borkenes. Many stayed on, and working with the mentally handicapped continues to be a viable employment opportunity in the community.

Today, the village is home to a horticultural school which is part of the Rå videregående skole (high school). There is some agriculture in the area, where strawberries and potatoes are grown by local farmers. Wildlife and fishing are available in the mountains and lakes close to residential areas, and boats are available for sea excursions.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2017). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality".
  2. ^ "Borkenes" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  3. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Borkenes" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-08-13.