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Hasvik kommune
Ákŋoluovtta gielda
Hasviikan komuuni
Coat of arms of Hasvik kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Hasvik kommune
Finnmark within
Hasvik within Finnmark
Hasvik within Finnmark
Coordinates: 70°35′30″N 22°18′10″E / 70.59167°N 22.30278°E / 70.59167; 22.30278Coordinates: 70°35′30″N 22°18′10″E / 70.59167°N 22.30278°E / 70.59167; 22.30278
Country Norway
County Finnmark
Administrative centre Breivikbotn
 • Mayor (2007) Eva Danielsen Husby (Ap)
 • Total 555.56 km2 (214.50 sq mi)
 • Land 534.04 km2 (206.19 sq mi)
 • Water 21.52 km2 (8.31 sq mi)
Area rank 194 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total 1,037
(Decrease from last year)
 • Rank 396 in Norway
 • Density 1.9/km2 (5/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 3.2 %
Demonym(s) Hasvikværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-2015
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.hasvik.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Hasvik (Northern Sami: Ákŋoluovtta gielda; Kven: Hasviikan komuuni) is a municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Breivikbotn. Other villages in the municipality include Breivik, Hasvik, and Sørvær. The population of Hasvik has generally been in steady decline due to problems within the fishing industry.

The 556-square-kilometre (215 sq mi) municipality is the 194th largest by area out of the 426 municipalities in Norway. Hasvik is the 396th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,037. The municipality's population density is 1.9 inhabitants per square kilometre (4.9/sq mi) and its population has increased by 3.2% over the last decade.[2]

Hasvik Airport is served with regular connections to Tromsø and Hammerfest, and there is a two-hour ferry crossing to Øksfjord, providing access by car.

In the sea off the village of Sørvær lied the stranded Soviet cruiser Murmansk, which ran aground on Christmas Eve in 1994 after her towlines snapped off North Cape. She was on her way to India to be scrapped at the time. Due to environmental and logistical concerns, it had to be removed piece by piece. Scandinavia’s largest demolition contractor, AF Decom, constructed a massive breakwater and dry dock around Murmansk to access the shipwreck from land and demolish it where it rested. The dock around the wreck was sealed in April 2012.[3] By mid-May the dock was almost empty of water and the demolishing of the cruiser began. The project was completed in 2013.[4]

General information[edit]

Map of Hasvik

The municipality of Hasvik was established in 1858 when the northern part of Loppa was separated to form this new municipality. The initial population was 506. The borders of the municipality have not changed since that time.[5]


The Old Norse form of the name was probably Hásvík. The first element is then the genitive case of the mountain name Hár (now Håen) and the last element is vík which means "cove" or "wick". The actual name of the mountain is compared in form with an old oarlock (Old Norse: hár).[6]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 13 July 1984. The arms show a white seagull on a blue background, which was chosen by the municipality as a symbol for the local fishing and fish processing industry, that attracts many seagulls.[7][8]


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

Churches in Hasvik
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Hasvik Breivikbotn Chapel Breivikbotn 1959
Dønnesfjord Church Dønnesfjord 1888
Hasvik Church Hasvik 1955
Sørvær Chapel Sørvær 1968


All municipalities in Norway, including Hasvik, 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 Hasvik is made up of 15 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[9]

Hasvik Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 10
  Conservative Party Høyre 3
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 2
Total number of members: 15


The municipality of Hasvik is situated on the western side of Sørøya, Norway's fourth largest island (other than Svalbard). Most people in Hasvik are to be found in a string of settlements along the western coast: the three largest being Breivikbotn, Sørvær, and Hasvik. The very sparsely populated northern part of the island of Stjernøya, including the Sørfjorden area is also part of Hasvik. Stjernøya has no road or ferry connections.


Climate data for Hasvik
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) −2.8
Average precipitation mm (inches) 73
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[10]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2017). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-09-09. 
  3. ^ Barentsobserver "Murmansk" demolition in final phase, 16 May 2012 Archived 23 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ AF Gruppen information
  5. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  6. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1924). Norske gaardnavne: Finmarkens amt (in Norwegian) (18 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. pp. 115 & 117. 
  7. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  8. ^ "Kommunevåpen". Flags of the World. 30 April 2002. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  9. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015. 
  10. ^ "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute. Archived from the original on 2004-06-14. 

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