Sorsele Municipality

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Sorsele Municipality
Sorsele kommun
Coat of arms of Sorsele Municipality
Coat of arms
Sorsele Municipality in Västerbotten County.png
Country Sweden
County Västerbotten County
Seat Sorsele
 • Total 7,957.64 km2 (3,072.46 sq mi)
 • Land 7,368.44 km2 (2,844.97 sq mi)
 • Water 589.2 km2 (227.5 sq mi)
  Area as of 1 January 2014.
Population (31 December 2017)[2]
 • Total 2,516
 • Density 0.32/km2 (0.82/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 code SE
Province Lapland
Municipal code 2422

Sorsele Municipality (Swedish: Sorsele kommun, Ume Sami: Suorssá gielda) is a municipality in Västerbotten County in northern Sweden. Its seat is located in Sorsele.

Sorsele Municipality covers an area of 8,012 km2. It is the eleventh largest municipality by size, but has the second smallest population.

The municipality has not been affected by the two local government reforms of the 20th century, but has had its large size since the municipal system was implemented in 1863.

The name appears to stem from the Sami word sourge, which means branch, and sel, which is of Swedish origin and refers to a kind of stream. This refers to the protected Vindel River (Swedish: Vindelälven), which flows through the town and municipality of Sorsele.

Geography wise, around half of the municipal area is part of the Vindelfjällens Nature Reserve.


There is only one locality (or urban area) in Sorsele Municipality:[3]

# Locality Population
1 Sorsele 1,288


  1. ^ "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (Microsoft Excel) (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  2. ^ "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 31 december 2017" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. February 21, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  3. ^ Statistics Sweden as of December 31, 2005

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Coordinates: 65°32′N 17°32′E / 65.533°N 17.533°E / 65.533; 17.533