Village of Sjøvegan
Salangen within Troms
|• Mayor (2014-present)||Sigrun W. Prestbakmo (Sp)|
|• Total||458.00 km2 (176.83 sq mi)|
|• Land||438.05 km2 (169.13 sq mi)|
|• Water||19.95 km2 (7.70 sq mi)|
|Area rank||221 in Norway|
|• Rank||320 in Norway|
|• Density||5.1/km2 (13/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-3.9 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1923|
|Official language form||Neutral|
Salangen is a municipality in Troms county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Sjøvegan, where most of the people in the municipality live. Other villages include Elvenes, Laberg, and Seljeskog.
The municipality is situated along the Sagfjorden in south central Troms county. The municipality is mostly coastal areas around the fjord as well as some inland valleys. Salangen is home to the world's northernmost bat population.
Salangen was established on 1 January 1871 when it was separated from the municipality of Ibestad. The initial population of Salangen was 1,384.
On 1 January 1964, the municipality of Lavangen (population: 1,677) was merged into Salangen. The new, larger Salangen then had a population of 4,288.
On 1 January 1977, however, the Lavangen district (except for Lavangsnes) was separated from Salangen to form a separate municipality once again. After the split, Salangen remained with 2,611 residents.
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 2 December 1985. The arms show a seal on a blue background. They are canting arms since the name of the municipality is derived from the old word "Sellanger", meaning seal fjord.
|Parish (Sokn)||Church Name||Location of the Church||Year Built|
The municipality is located in the southern part of Troms county, at the northeastern end of the Astafjorden. The municipality of Ibestad is located west of Salangen, connected by the Mjøsund Bridge; Lavangen municipality to the south; Bardu to the east; and Dyrøy and Sørreisa to the north.
The area itself is part of the Caledonian Orogeny formed of part of a series of Nappes that run down the coast of Norway. These nappes were metamorphosed as a result of partial subduction beneath Laurentia during the early to middle Paleozoic. On a smaller scale, the municipality is located mainly on quartzite (known as Sjøvegan quartzite locally and regionally as Bø quartzite). In the hills to the south, there is garnet-rich schist (known as Trollvannet schist).
Across the nearby lake Nervatnet and towards the village of Strokkenes, granite within marble is present (Høglund marble and Strokkenes granite). This granite is Leucratic, an indicative sign of granite intruded within an orogenic mountain building event.
|Climate data for Sjøvegan|
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−6.1
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||88
|Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute|
All municipalities in Norway, including Salangen, 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.
|Party Name||Name in Norwegian||Number of
|Christian Democratic Party||Kristelig Folkeparti||1|
|Socialist Left Party||Sosialistisk Venstreparti||1|
|Total number of members:||19|
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