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Sørreisa kommune
Ráisavuona suohkan
Coat of arms of Sørreisa kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Sørreisa kommune
Troms within
Sørreisa within Troms
Sørreisa within Troms
Coordinates: 69°05′31″N 18°11′37″E / 69.09194°N 18.19361°E / 69.09194; 18.19361Coordinates: 69°05′31″N 18°11′37″E / 69.09194°N 18.19361°E / 69.09194; 18.19361
Country Norway
County Troms
District Midt-Troms
Administrative centre Sørreisa
 • Mayor (2015) Jan-Eirik Nordahl (Ap)
 • Total 361.17 km2 (139.45 sq mi)
 • Land 346.91 km2 (133.94 sq mi)
 • Water 14.26 km2 (5.51 sq mi)
Area rank 255 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total 3,496
 • Rank 247 in Norway
 • Density 10.1/km2 (26/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 5.5 %
Demonym(s) Sørreisværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1925
Official language form Neutral
Website www.sorreisa.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Sørreisa (Northern Sami: Ráisavuona suohkan) is a municipality in Troms county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Sørreisa. Other villages include Grunnreisa, Skøelva, and Smørsgård.

The 361-square-kilometre (139 sq mi) municipality is the 255th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Sørreisa is the 247th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 3,496. The municipality's population density is 10.1 inhabitants per square kilometre (26/sq mi) and its population has increased by 5.5% over the last decade.[2]

General information[edit]

Map of Sørreisa

The municipality of Sørreisen was established on 1 September 1886 when it was separated from the municipality of Tranøy. The initial population of Sørreisen was 1,361. Later the spelling was changed to Sørreisa. On 1 January 1964, the part of Sørreisa across the Reisafjorden on the island of Senja (population: 129) was transferred to the municipality of Lenvik.[3]


The municipality is named after the Reisafjorden (originally Reisa), which again is named after the Reisaelva (the "Reisa river" - originally Reisa). The river name is derived from the verb rísa which means "raise" (referring to flooding). The first element Sør ("south") was added to distinguish the municipality from Nordreisa. The municipality was originally named Sørreisen.[4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 7 September 1984. The arms show three gold stars on a red background. It was derived from the oldest known seal in the municipality, a 17th-century seal of Jacob Hansen Kinapel, who was a police sergeant in Sørreisa from 1715 to 1748.[5]


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

Churches in Sørreisa
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Sørreisa Sørreisa Church Tømmervika 1992
Skøelv Chapel Skøelva 1966
Straumen Chapel Sørreisa 1973


Sørreisa is located on the western coast of Norway, along the Reisafjorden, just east of the large island of Senja. The 363-square-kilometre (140 sq mi) municipality is mostly populated along the shoreline. The municipality of Dyrøy lies to the west, Salangen and Bardu to the south, Målselv to the east, and Lenvik to the north.


Climate data for Sørreisa
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) −4.5
Average precipitation mm (inches) 97
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[6]


All municipalities in Norway, including Sørreisa, 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 Sørreisa is made up of 15 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[7]

Sørreisa Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 7
  Progress Party Fremskrittspartiet 1
  Conservative Party Høyre 2
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 1
  Local Lists Lokale lister 4
Total number of members: 15


  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. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  4. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1911). Norske gaardnavne: Troms amt (in Norwegian) (17 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 62. 
  5. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  6. ^ "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute. Archived from the original on 2004-06-14. 
  7. ^ "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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