View of Silsand with the bridge to Finnsnes
|• Total||1.03 km2 (0.40 sq mi)|
|Elevation||12 m (39 ft)|
|• Density||1,537/km2 (3,980/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Post Code||9303 Silsand|
Silsand is a village in Lenvik Municipality in Troms county, Norway. It is located on the eastern shore of the large island of Senja. The 1.03-square-kilometre (250-acre) village has a population (2017) of 1,583 which gives the village a population density of 1,537 inhabitants per square kilometre (3,980/sq mi).
Silsand is now considered a suburb of the neighboring town of Finnsnes, which is located across the Gisundet strait on the mainland. Before the construction of the Gisund Bridge, Silsand consisted of just a few houses. With the construction of the bridge and the change in rural Norwegian demographics, the population has experienced a rapid increase since the early 1980s. Most of the new inhabitants come from other smaller villages in the Midt-Troms area.
Silsand has three schools: Småslettan skole (1-4th grade), Silsand barneskole (5-7th grade) and Silsand ungdomsskole (8-10th grade). FK Senja, a football club, is also based in Silsand, with their home field in the neighboring village of Laukhella. Storevatnet lake is located just northwest of the town.
- Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2017). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality".
- "Silsand, Lenvik" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2012-12-07.