Talvik (municipality)

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Talvik herred

Talvig (historic)
View of the village (c. 1852)
View of the village (c. 1852)
Official logo of Talvik herred
Finnmark within
Talvik within Finnmark
Talvik within Finnmark
Coordinates: 70°02′32″N 22°56′59″E / 70.04222°N 22.94972°E / 70.04222; 22.94972Coordinates: 70°02′32″N 22°56′59″E / 70.04222°N 22.94972°E / 70.04222; 22.94972
Disestablished1 Jan 1964
Administrative centreTalvik
 • Total1,650 km2 (640 sq mi)
 *Area at municipal dissolution.
 • Total3,266
 • Density2.0/km2 (5.1/sq mi)
Taviking [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-2013
Official language form[2]
Preceded byAlten-Talvig in 1863
Succeeded byAlta in 1964

Talvik or Talvig is a former municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. The 1,650-square-kilometre (640 sq mi) municipality existed for 101 years, from 1863 until its dissolution in 1964. The municipality included all the coastal areas in the outer Altafjorden in the northern part of what is now Alta Municipality. The administrative centre was the village of Talvik where the Talvik Church is located.[3]


The municipality was established in 1863, when the large municipality of Alten-Talvig was dissolved and it was divided into two separate municipalities: Talvik (population: 1,938) in the north and Alta (population: 2,442) in the south. During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, the neighboring municipalities of Talvik (population: 3,266) and Alta (population: 6,629) were merged to form a new, larger Alta Municipality.[4]


The municipality was named after the old Talvik farm, since Talvik Church was located there. One explanation of the name is that the first element name is derived from the Old Norse word tall meaning "pine" and the last element is víkr meaning "inlet". The other explanation is that Talvik is a corruption of the Northern Sami word Dálbmeluokta which means "fog bay" and translates to Norwegian as tåkebukta.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian). Lovdata.no.
  3. ^ a b Thorsnæs, Geir; Askheim, Svein, eds. (2014-11-29). "Talvik". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  4. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)