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This article is about the municipality in Troms county, Norway. For other uses, see Skjervøy (disambiguation).
Skjervøy kommune
Skiervvá suohkan
Kieruan komuuni
Village of Årviksand
Village of Årviksand
Coat of arms of Skjervøy kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Skjervøy kommune
Troms within
Skjervøy within Troms
Skjervøy within Troms
Coordinates: 70°5′7″N 20°39′34″E / 70.08528°N 20.65944°E / 70.08528; 20.65944Coordinates: 70°5′7″N 20°39′34″E / 70.08528°N 20.65944°E / 70.08528; 20.65944
Country Norway
County Troms
District Nord-Troms
Administrative centre Skjervøy
 • Mayor (2015) Ørjan Albrigtsen (Coalition between KrF and Kp)
 • Total 473.00 km2 (182.63 sq mi)
 • Land 464.27 km2 (179.26 sq mi)
 • Water 8.73 km2 (3.37 sq mi)
Area rank 210 in Norway
Population (2012)
 • Total 2,880
 • Rank 274 in Norway
 • Density 6.2/km2 (16/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -4.4 %
Demonym(s) Skjervøyværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1941
Official language form Bokmål
Data from Statistics Norway

Skjervøy (Northern Sami: Skiervvá suohkan; Kven: Kieruan komuuni) is a municipality in Troms county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Skjervøy on the island of Skjervøya, where most of the inhabitants live. The main industries are fishing and shipbuilding.

General information[edit]

Skjervøy municipality includes the island Arnøy, as well as Skjervøy harbour (small town).

The municipality of Skjervøe (later spelled Skjervøy) was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). In 1863, the southeastern (inland) part of the municipality (population: 1,677) was separated to form the new municipality of Kvænangen. This left 2,785 people in Skjervøy. Then on 1 January 1886 the southern part of the municipality (population: 1,057) was separated from Skjervøy to form the new municipality of Nordreisa. This left 2,096 inhabitants in Skjervøy.

On 1 January 1890, the Trætten and Loppevolden farms (population: 32) were transferred from Skjervøy to Nordreisa. On 1 January 1965 the Meilands area (population: 12) was transferred to Kvænangen. On 1 January 1972 the parts of Skjervøy lying on the mainland (population: 1,556) were transferred from Skjervøy to Nordreisa, and the uninhabited Mannskarvik farm was transferred to Kvænangen. Then on 1 January 1982 the southern part of Uløya (population: 128) was transferred from Skjervøy to Nordreisa.[2]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the small island of Skjervøya (Old Norse: Skerføy), since the first church (Skjervøy Church) was built there. The first element is skerf which means "rocky ground" and the last element is øy which means "island". Before 1909 the name was written Skjervø, and earlier it was spelled Skjervøe.[3]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. It was granted on 27 March 1987. The arms show the black head of a cormorant on a silver background, partly canting since skarf means cormorant. The cormorant also symbolizes the coastal municipality, which, as the bird, is dependent on fishing for its living. The cormorant is also a common bird in the area.[4]

See also: Coat-of-arms of Loppa and Røst


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

Churches in Skjervøy
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Skjervøy Arnøy Church Arnøyhamn 1978
Skjervøy Church Skjervøy 1728


Skjervøy Church dates back to 1728 and it is the oldest wooden church in Troms county. The village of Maursund is an old trading post with well-preserved 19th-century houses.


All municipalities in Norway, including Skjervøy, 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 Skjervøy is made up of 19 representatives that are elected to every four years. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[5]

Skjervøy Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 4
  Progress Party Fremskrittspartiet 3
  Conservative Party Høyre 1
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 4
  Socialist Left Party Sosialistisk Venstreparti 2
  Local Lists Lokale lister 5
Total number of members: 19


The island municipality is surrounded by the Norwegian Sea to the north, Ullsfjorden to the west, Lyngenfjorden to the southwest, Reisafjorden to the southeast, and Kvænangen fjord to the east. The municipality consists of several islands, the major one being Arnøya, with the villages of Årviksand, Akkarvik, and Arnøyhamn. Most people, however, live on the relatively small island of Skjervøya, where more than 2,316 people live in the central village of Skjervøy with its sheltered harbour.[6] The other islands include Haukøya, Kågen, Laukøya, Vorterøya, and the northern half of Uløya. Kågen and Skjervøya are connected by the Skjervøy Bridge. Kågen is connected to the mainland by the Maursund Tunnel.


Climate data for Skjervøy
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) −3.5
Average precipitation mm (inches) 76
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[7]


The Hurtigruten (coastal express ferry) stops at Skjervøy. There is also a speedboat connection with Tromsø. The undersea Maursund Tunnel connects this island with the mainland. There is also a ferry connection to Arnøya and Laukøya. Sørkjosen Airport offers flights to Tromsø and several destinations in Finnmark.

Media gallery[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1911). Norske gaardnavne: Troms amt (in Norwegian) (17 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 176. 
  4. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  5. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015. 
  6. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2012). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality.". 
  7. ^ "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute. 

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