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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
Dyrøy within Troms
Dyrøy within Troms
Coordinates: 69°4′1″N 17°44′29″E / 69.06694°N 17.74139°E / 69.06694; 17.74139Coordinates: 69°4′1″N 17°44′29″E / 69.06694°N 17.74139°E / 69.06694; 17.74139
Country Norway
County Troms
District Midt-Troms
Administrative centre Brøstadbotn
 • Mayor (2011) Randi Lillegård (Ap)
 • Total 288.47 km2 (111.38 sq mi)
 • Land 276.89 km2 (106.91 sq mi)
 • Water 11.58 km2 (4.47 sq mi)
Area rank 282 in Norway
Population (2012)
 • Total 1,188
 • Rank 385 in Norway
 • Density 4.3/km2 (11/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -9.2 %
Demonym(s) Dyrøyværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1926
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.dyroy.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

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 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.[2]

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. On 1 January 1964, the parts of Tranøy on the mainland (population: 382) were transferred to Dyrøy.[3]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the island of Dyrøya (Old Norse: Dýrøy), since the first church (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.[4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 4 April 1986. The arms show a fox, especially 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.[5]


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Dyrøy. It is part of the Senja 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


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 data for Brøstadbotn
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) −4.1
Average precipitation mm (inches) 101
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[6]


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.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Dyrøy is made up of 14 representatives that are elected to every four years. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[7]

Dyrøy Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 5
  Progress Party Fremskrittspartiet 4
  Conservative Party Høyre 2
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 2
  Socialist Left Party Sosialistisk Venstreparti 1
Total number of members: 14


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ "Dyrøy" (in Norwegian). 
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  4. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Dyrøy – kommune i Troms" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  5. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  6. ^ "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute. 
  7. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015. Archived from the original on 2016-03-06. 

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