Dyrøy

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Dyrøy kommune

Divrráid suohkan
View of Dyrøya island in Dyrøy
View of Dyrøya island in Dyrøy
Coat of arms of Dyrøy kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Dyrøy kommune
Troms within
Norway
Dyrøy within Troms
Dyrøy within Troms
Coordinates: 69°04′01″N 17°44′29″E / 69.06694°N 17.74139°E / 69.06694; 17.74139Coordinates: 69°04′01″N 17°44′29″E / 69.06694°N 17.74139°E / 69.06694; 17.74139
CountryNorway
CountyTroms
DistrictMidt-Troms
Established1 Sept 1886
Administrative centreBrøstadbotn
Government
 • Mayor (2015)Marit Alvig Espenes (Ap)
Area
 • Total288.54 km2 (111.41 sq mi)
 • Land276.96 km2 (106.93 sq mi)
 • Water11.58 km2 (4.47 sq mi)  4%
Area rank#284 in Norway
Population
(2018)
 • Total1,165
 • Rank#382 in Norway
 • Density4.2/km2 (11/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
-5.4%
Demonym(s)Dyrøyværing[1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1926
Official language formBokmål
Websitedyroy.kommune.no

Dyrøy (Northern Sami: Divrráid suohkan) is a municipality in Troms county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Brøstadbotn. Other villages include Dyrøyhamn, Espenes, Holm, and Hundstrand.

The 289-square-kilometre (112 sq mi) municipality is the 284th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Dyrøy is the 382nd most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,165. The municipality's population density is 4.2 inhabitants per square kilometre (11/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 5.4% over the last decade.[2][3]

The municipality is named after the island of Dyrøya, which is connected with the mainland with the modern Dyrøy Bridge. Most people, however, don't live on the island, but live in Brøstadbotn on the mainland.[4]

General information[edit]

Map of Dyrøy
View of a farm in Dyrøy

The municipality of Dyrøy was established on 1 September 1886, when it was separated from the municipality of Tranøy. The initial population of Dyrøy was 1,281. During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, the parts of Tranøy Municipality located on the mainland (population: 382) were transferred to Dyrøy.[5]

Name[edit]

The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the island of Dyrøya (Old Norse: Dýrøy), since the first Dyrøy Church was built there. The first element is dýr which means "deer" (specifically reindeer) and the last element is øy which means "island". Prior to 1909, the name was written Dyrø.[6]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms is from modern times; they were granted on 4 April 1986. The blue arms show a white fox, specifically a so-called platinum-fox, a typical type of the silver polar fox. This type of fox is first bred in the area around Dyrøy and was first shown in 1933.[7]

Churches[edit]

The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Dyrøy. It is part of the Senja prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland.

Churches in Dyrøy
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Dyrøy Dyrøy Church Holm 1880
Brøstad Chapel Brøstadbotn 1937

Geography[edit]

The municipality is located on the island of Dyrøya and the mainland area to the east, with the Dyrøy Bridge connecting the island to the mainland. The Vågsfjorden, Tranøyfjorden, and Solbergfjorden flow along the western and northern border of the municipality.

The municipality is mountainous with a narrow beach area along the coast. On the mainland, the Bjørkebakkdalen valley leads south from the municipal center Brøstadbotn. The municipality has several peaks over 1,000 metres (3,300 ft), the highest being the 1,237-metre (4,058 ft) tall Løksetind on the border with Salangen in the south.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Brøstadbotn
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) −4.1
(24.6)
−3.9
(25)
−2.1
(28.2)
1.1
(34)
5.6
(42.1)
10.0
(50)
12.4
(54.3)
11.6
(52.9)
7.6
(45.7)
3.5
(38.3)
−0.6
(30.9)
−2.9
(26.8)
3.2
(37.8)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 101
(3.98)
94
(3.7)
73
(2.87)
63
(2.48)
47
(1.85)
57
(2.24)
70
(2.76)
78
(3.07)
101
(3.98)
135
(5.31)
111
(4.37)
110
(4.33)
1,040
(40.94)
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[8]

Government[edit]

All municipalities in Norway, including Dyrøy, 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.[9] The municipality falls under the Senja District Court and the Hålogaland Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Dyrøy is made up of 14 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[10]

Dyrøy Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
representatives
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet5
 Progress PartyFremskrittspartiet4
 Conservative PartyHøyre2
 Centre PartySenterpartiet2
 Socialist Left PartySosialistisk Venstreparti1
Total number of members:14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  4. ^ "Dyrøy" (in Norwegian).
  5. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  6. ^ Thorsnæs, Geir, ed. (2018-02-26). "Dyrøy". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  7. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  8. ^ "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute. Archived from the original on 2004-06-14.
  9. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  10. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.

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