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Burfjord is located in Troms
Burfjord is located in Norway
Location in Troms
Coordinates: 69°56′16″N 22°03′07″E / 69.93778°N 22.05194°E / 69.93778; 22.05194Coordinates: 69°56′16″N 22°03′07″E / 69.93778°N 22.05194°E / 69.93778; 22.05194
Country Norway
Region Northern Norway
County Troms
District Nord-Troms
Municipality Kvænangen
 • Total 0.52 km2 (0.20 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 12 m (39 ft)
Population (2013)[1]
 • Total 385
 • Density 740/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 9161 Burfjord

Burfjord (Kven: Puruvuono; Northern Sami: Buvrovuotna) is a village and the administrative centre of the municipality of Kvænangen in Troms county, Norway. It is home to the municipal council of Kvænangen. The 0.52-square-kilometre (130-acre) village has a population (2013) of 385, giving the village a population density of 740 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,900/sq mi).[1]

General information[edit]

Burfjord lies on the northern border of Troms County, along the busy European route E6 highway winding its way through this part of Northern Norway. The village is located at the end of the Burfjorden, an arm of the Kvænangen fjord. It is about 50 km (31 mi) straight west of the city of Alta and Alta Airport.

The services of Burfjord include a bank, a post office, a gas station, a medical office, a nursing home, a dentist, a primary school, grocery shops, and Burfjord Church. Burfjord's residents are composed of a mix of indigenous Sami people, Kven people, and ethnic Norwegians. Sami tourist stops selling handicrafts are located all around the village.


Burfjord's growth as a town is relatively recent. Prior to 1500, the Kvænangen region was almost entirely inhabited by indigenous Sami peoples, who at some point left the traditional nomadic life of Reindeer herding atop the mountain plateau and settled to fish and farm as sjøsame (sea-Sami). The first scouts northward from Trondheim found no southern Norwegians living in or around the area. During the early 18th century, Burfjord and the larger Kvænangen region became inhabited by Norwegians from the south who plied their trade fishing and farming, as well by the Kvæns, Finns who emigrated from the east. Despite the Kvæns remaining a minority, population-wise, they nevertheless gave Kvænangen its namesake. Kvænangen was originally part of the Skjærvøy parish, Nord-Troms county. Kvænangen became a separate sub-parish in 1861. It was in the 19th century that Burfjord grew in size and is listed as a town. Due to its geographically central location, it was chosen as the capital of Kvæanangen.


Fjordfolket i Kvæanangen: Norsk Utkant 1550-1980, Ivar Bjørklund, published by Universitetsforlaget AS, Tromsø, 1985. ISBN 82-00-07320-3


  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2013). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality.". 
  2. ^ "Burfjord" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2012-12-26.