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Lenvik within Troms
|Established||1 Jan 1838|
|• Mayor (2011)||Geir-Inge Sivertsen (H)|
|• Total||892.69 km2 (344.67 sq mi)|
|• Land||848.88 km2 (327.75 sq mi)|
|• Water||43.81 km2 (16.92 sq mi) 5%|
|Area rank||#126 in Norway|
|• Rank||#100 in Norway|
|• Density||13.8/km2 (36/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||6.1%|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1931|
|Official language form||Neutral|
Lenvik (Northern Sami: Leaŋgáviika) is a municipality in Troms county, Norway. The municipality is partly situated on the mainland, partly on the island of Senja. The administrative centre is the town of Finnsnes, where the Gisund Bridge connects Senja to the mainland on Norwegian County Road 86. Other villages in the municipality include Aglapsvik, Gibostad, Botnhamn, Fjordgård, Finnfjordbotn, Husøy, Langnes, Laukhella, Silsand, and Rossfjordstraumen. The lake Lysvatnet is located on Senja island, west of Gibostad.
The 893-square-kilometre (345 sq mi) municipality is the 126th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Lenvik is the 100th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 11,697. The municipality's population density is 13.8 inhabitants per square kilometre (36/sq mi) and its population has increased by 6.1% over the last decade.
The large municipality of Lenvik was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). In 1848, most of the mainland parts of Lenvik (population: 2,616) was separated to form the new Målselv Municipality, leaving Lenvik with 3,029 residents. Then in 1855, the northern part of Lenvik (population: 811) was separated to form the new municipality of Hillesøy. This left Lenvik with 2,757 inhabitants. On 1 January 1871, a small part of Lenvik (population: 70) was transferred to the neighboring municipality of Malangen.
- the part of Sørreisa Municipality on the island of Senja (population: 129)
- the Hellemo, Paulsrud, Johnsgård, and Stormo farms in Tranøy Municipality (population: 106)
- the part of Hillesøy Municipality on the island of Senja and the whole island of Hekkingen (population: 1,159)
These areas joined to old areas of Lenvik to form a new, larger municipality of Lenvik with a total population of 10,219.
In March 2017, the Parliament of Norway voted to merge the municipalities of Berg, Torsken, Lenvik, and Tranøy. The new municipality will encompass the whole island of Senja plus part of the mainland located between the Gisundet strait and the Malangen fjord. The new municipality will be established on 1 January 2020 and it will be called Senja Municipality.
The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Lenvik farm (Old Norse: Lengjuvík), since the first Lenvik Church was built there. The first element is the genitive case of the river name Lengja and the last element is vík which means "cove" or "wick". The river name is derived from the word langr which means "long". From 1889-1908, the name was spelled Lenviken.
Coat of arms
The coat of arms is from modern times; they were granted on 22 August 1986. The arms show three gold oars on a blue background. The oars and color blue are a symbol for the fishing and sailing in the municipality. To distinguish the arms from those from many other fishing towns, the oar was chosen as a symbol.
|Parish (Sokn)||Church Name||Location of the Church||Year Built|
|Husøy Chapel||Husøy i Senja||1957|
The first church was built around 1150 at Bjorelvnes, and for a century, this was the northernmost church in the world. Important villages in the past include Klauva and Gibostad. Gibostad was the administrative centre until the 1960s, when the administration was moved to Finnsnes. In 2000, Finnsnes was declared a town.
The municipality of Lenvik lies partly on the island of Senja and also on the mainland of Norway. The Malangen fjord flows along the northern boundary and the Solbergfjorden lies on the southern boundary. The Gisundet strait runs north-south through the center of the municipality with only one road crossing, the Gisund Bridge. The municipalities of Berg and Tranøy border the municipality to the west, the municipality of Tromsø is to the north (across the Malangen fjord), the municipalities of Balsfjord and Målselv are to the east, and the municipalities of Sørreisa and Dyrøy are to the south.
|Climate data for Gibostad, Lenvik|
|Average high °C (°F)||−1.9
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−4.4
|Average low °C (°F)||−7.1
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||85
|Average precipitation days (≥ 1 mm)||13.4||12.4||11.5||10.7||9.2||10.6||13.2||12.4||14.3||16.0||14.7||15.6||154.0|
|Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute|
All municipalities in Norway, including Lenvik, 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. The municipality falls under the Senja District Court and the Hålogaland Court of Appeal.
|Party Name||Name in Norwegian||Number of|
|Christian Democratic Party||Kristelig Folkeparti||2|
|Socialist Left Party||Sosialistisk Venstreparti||2|
|Local Lists||Lokale lister||4|
|Total number of members:||31|
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