Centre of Norway

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The Bauta at the Centre of Norway site. There are paths leading there both in summer and winter.

The geographical centre of Norway has been identified as a spot in the Ogndalsfjella in the southeastern part of the municipality of Steinkjer in Nord-Trøndelag county, located at 63°59′26″N 12°18′28″E / 63.99056°N 12.30778°E / 63.99056; 12.30778Coordinates: 63°59′26″N 12°18′28″E / 63.99056°N 12.30778°E / 63.99056; 12.30778. A monument marking the significance of the spot was unveiled in a ceremony on 3 September 2006. It is hoped that it will become a tourist attraction. The site lies just to the west of the large lake Skjækervatnet.

Method of calculation[edit]

Harald Stavestrand at the Norwegian Mapping and Cadastre Authority looked for the balancing point of mainland Norway with its islands, not including sea area, the overseas areas of Svalbard and Jan Mayen, or considering elevation. Stavestrand had feared that the centre would turn out to be in Sweden due to the curved shape of Norway, but it ultimately ended up within the borders of Norway.

Other locations[edit]

Several other places have been claimed to be the centre of Norway, using differing methods. They include Harran in the municipality of Grong (halving the mainland's latitude "length"), the village of Vilhelmina in the municipality of Vilhelmina in Sweden (halving the great-circle distance), Grane Church in the municipality of Grane and Alstahaug Church in the municipality of Alstahaug (both are found by halving longer great circle distances), and finally Mosjøen in the municipality of Vefsn.

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