View of Dyrøya island in Dyrøy
Dyrøy within Troms
|• 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|
|• Rank||385 in Norway|
|• Density||4.3/km2 (11/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-9.2 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1926|
|Official language form||Bokmål|
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Parish (Sokn)||Church Name||Location of the Church||Year Built|
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|
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−4.1
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||101
|Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute|
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