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Tranøy kommune
Ránáidsullo suohkan
Coat of arms of Tranøy kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Tranøy kommune
Troms within
Tranøy within Troms
Tranøy within Troms
Coordinates: 69°11′29″N 17°21′44″E / 69.19139°N 17.36222°E / 69.19139; 17.36222Coordinates: 69°11′29″N 17°21′44″E / 69.19139°N 17.36222°E / 69.19139; 17.36222
Country Norway
County Troms
District Midt-Troms
Administrative centre Vangsvik
 • Mayor (2003) Odd Arne Andreassen (Ap)
 • Total 523.79 km2 (202.24 sq mi)
 • Land 499.17 km2 (192.73 sq mi)
 • Water 24.62 km2 (9.51 sq mi)
Area rank 201 in Norway
Population (2012)
 • Total 1,524
 • Rank 358 in Norway
 • Density 3.1/km2 (8/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -9.5 %
Demonym(s) Tranøyværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1927
Official language form Neutral
Data from Statistics Norway

Tranøy is a municipality in Troms county, Norway. The municipality is situated on the southern coast of the large island of Senja. The administrative centre is the village of Vangsvik in the eastern part of the municipality. Other important villages include Stonglandseidet, Skrollsvika, and Å.

The now abandoned island of Tranøya, with the 18th-century wooden Tranøy Church, used to be the centre of activities for the municipality. From Tranøybotn it is only a short walk to the Ånderdalen National Park, with varied landscapes within a very limited area, including deep pine forests.

General information[edit]

Map of Tranøy

The large municipality of Tranøy was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The original municipality included all the land surrounding the large Solbergfjorden. On 1 September 1886, the municipality was divided into three separate municipalities: Tranøy, Dyrøy, and Sørreisa. After this, Tranøy had 1,239 inhabitants.

On 1 January 1964 several changes took place. The mainland areas of Tranøy (population: 382) were transferred to Dyrøy and the Hellemo, Paulsrud, Johnsgård, and Stormo farms (population: 106) were transferred to Lenvik. At the same time, the parts of Bjarkøy on Senja and Lemmingsvær islands (population: 480) and the Rødsand area of Torsken (population: 160) were both transferred to Tranøy.[2]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the small island of Tranøya (Old Norse: Tranøiar), since the first church (Tranøy Church) was built there. The first element is comes from trana which means "crane" and the last element is øy which means "island". Prior to 1909, the name was written Tranø.[3]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 15 May 1987. The arms show an Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus), a main species of local fish, which symbolizes the importance of fishing for the local community. In addition to this, the fish played a major role in local legends, similar to the role of bears in land-based legends.[4]


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

Churches in Tranøy
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Tranøy Stonglandet Church Stonglandseidet 1896
Tranøy Church Tranøya 1775
Skrolsvik Chapel Skrollsvika 1924
Vangsvik Chapel Vangsvik 1975


The municipality of Tranøy is located on the southern end of the large island of Senja. The Andfjorden, Vågsfjorden, and Solbergfjorden surround the municipality to the west, south, and southeast. The municipalities of Torsken and Berg lie to the north and the municipality of Lenvik is to the east. Ånderdalen National Park lies in the northwestern part of the municipality.


Climate data for Vangsvika
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) −3.9
Average precipitation mm (inches) 106
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[5]


All municipalities in Norway, including Tranøy, 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 Tranøy is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to every four years. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[6]

Tranøy Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 6
  Progress Party Fremskrittspartiet 1
  Conservative Party Høyre 4
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 2
  Socialist Left Party Sosialistisk Venstreparti 1
  Liberal Party Venstre 1
  Local Lists Lokale lister 2
Total number of members: 17


  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. 67. 
  4. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  5. ^ "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute. 
  6. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015. 

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