Masi, Norway

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Masi is located in Finnmark
Masi is located in Norway
Location in Finnmark
Coordinates: 69°26′37″N 23°40′01″E / 69.44361°N 23.66694°E / 69.44361; 23.66694Coordinates: 69°26′37″N 23°40′01″E / 69.44361°N 23.66694°E / 69.44361; 23.66694
Country Norway
Region Northern Norway
County Finnmark
District Vest-Finnmark
Municipality Kautokeino
Elevation[1] 282 m (925 ft)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 9525 Maze

Masi (Norwegian) or Máze (Northern Sami) or Maasi (Finnish) is a village in Kautokeino Municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. The village is located along the river Kautokeinoelva, about 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of the town of Alta and about 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of the village of Kautokeino. The village is made up predominantly of Sami people, and both the Sami and Norwegian names of the village ("Máze" and "Masi") are officially recognized.[2]

Since the 17th century, the village has been the site of Masi Church. The present church building was built after World War II to replace the previous church which the Germans had burned down.[2]

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Norwegian government wanted to build a dam on the local river for the proposed Alta Hydroelectric Power Station and this would have meant that the village would have been inundated with water and the village would no longer be habitable. This was called the Alta controversy and it had a big impact on the nation's politics at that time.


  1. ^ "Masi" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  2. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Máze" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-04-01.