Lavangen

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This article is about the municipality in Troms, Norway. For the fjord, see Lavangen (fjord).
Lavangen kommune
Loabága suohkan
Municipality
Inner Lavangen
Inner Lavangen
Coat of arms of Lavangen kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Lavangen kommune
Troms within
Norway
Lavangen within Troms
Lavangen within Troms
Coordinates: 68°39′28″N 17°35′1″E / 68.65778°N 17.58361°E / 68.65778; 17.58361Coordinates: 68°39′28″N 17°35′1″E / 68.65778°N 17.58361°E / 68.65778; 17.58361
Country Norway
County Troms
District Midt-Troms
Administrative centre Tennevoll
Government
 • Mayor (2011) Erling Bratsberg (Sp)
Area
 • Total 301.72 km2 (116.49 sq mi)
 • Land 296.20 km2 (114.36 sq mi)
 • Water 5.52 km2 (2.13 sq mi)
Area rank 276 in Norway
Population (2012)
 • Total 1,016
 • Rank 404 in Norway
 • Density 3.4/km2 (9/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -3.2 %
Demonym(s) Lavangsværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1920
Official language form Neutral
Website www.lavangen.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Lavangen (Northern Sami: Loabák) is a municipality in Troms county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Tennevoll. Other villages in Lavangen include Fossbakken and Spansdalen (in the inland areas) and Kjeiprød, Røkenes, Låternes, Tennevoll, Hesjevika, Soløy, and Å (surrounding the fjord).

General information[edit]

Lavangen was established on 1 January 1907 when it was separated from the municipality of Ibestad. The initial population was 1,536. On 1 January 1964, Lavangen was merged into the neighboring municipality of Salangen. The merger was brief, however, because on 1 January 1977, the old Lavangen municipality (except for the Lavangsnes area) was made a separate municipality once again.[2]

Name[edit]

The municipality is named after the fjord (Old Norse: Laufangr). The first element is lauf which means "leaf" (here in the sense of 'birchwood') and the last element is angr which means "fjord".[3]

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1987). The arms are a canting of the name (which means leaf) since it shows three gold-colored birch leaves on a red background. The three leaves represent how the municipality was settled by Norwegians, Samis, and Kvens.[4]

See also: the coat-of-arms of Birkenes and Bjerkreim

Churches[edit]

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

Churches in Lavangen
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Lavangen Lavangen Church Soløy 1891

Geography[edit]

The municipality encompasses the land around the Spansdalelva river valley and most of the area around the Lavangen fjord, south of the Astafjorden. The municipality borders Narvik (in Nordland county) to the south, Gratangen to the west, Salangen to the north, and Bardu to the east.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Tennevoll
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −3.2
(26.2)
−2.2
(28)
1.1
(34)
4.5
(40.1)
10.1
(50.2)
15.0
(59)
17.2
(63)
15.6
(60.1)
10.6
(51.1)
4.8
(40.6)
0.6
(33.1)
−1.2
(29.8)
6.1
(43)
Daily mean °C (°F) −6.7
(19.9)
−5.8
(21.6)
−2.9
(26.8)
1.2
(34.2)
6.6
(43.9)
10.9
(51.6)
13.3
(55.9)
12.0
(53.6)
7.1
(44.8)
2.4
(36.3)
−2.4
(27.7)
−5.0
(23)
2.6
(36.7)
Average low °C (°F) −11.5
(11.3)
−10.2
(13.6)
−7.4
(18.7)
−3.4
(25.9)
1.4
(34.5)
6.4
(43.5)
8.9
(48)
7.5
(45.5)
3.0
(37.4)
−1.7
(28.9)
−6.4
(20.5)
−8.9
(16)
−1.9
(28.6)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 80
(3.15)
81
(3.19)
60
(2.36)
53
(2.09)
38
(1.5)
59
(2.32)
69
(2.72)
76
(2.99)
92
(3.62)
113
(4.45)
88
(3.46)
91
(3.58)
910
(35.83)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1 mm) 11.2 11.8 10.1 9.3 8.5 10.9 12.8 14.8 14.6 14.7 12.0 12.0 142.7
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[5]

Government[edit]

All municipalities in Norway, including Lavangen, 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 Lavangen is made up of 15 representatives that are elected to every four years. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[6]

Lavangen Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
representatives
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 5
  Progress Party Fremskrittspartiet 1
  Conservative Party Høyre 3
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 6
Total number of members: 15

Attractions[edit]

Spanstind rundt is a famous cross-country skiing race in Lavangen that is held on Maundy Thursdays each year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1911). Norske gaardnavne: Troms amt (in Norwegian) (17 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 36. 
  4. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Lavangen" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  5. ^ "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute. 
  6. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015. 

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