Alta-Talvik (or the historic: Alten-Talvig) is a former municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. The 3,849-square-kilometre (1,486 sq mi) municipality existed from 1838 until its dissolution in 1863. It was located along the Altafjorden and the river Altaelva with the same borders as the present-day Alta Municipality. The administrative centre was the village of Alta (in 2000, the village was declared a town). The European route E6 highway runs through the area today.
Alta-Talvik within Finnmark
|Established||1 Jan 1838|
|• Total||3,849.47 km2 (1,486.29 sq mi)|
|*Area at municipal dissolution.|
|• Density||1.1/km2 (2.9/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-2012|
|Created as||Formannskapsdistrikt in 1838|
|Succeeded by||Alta and Talvik in 1863|
The parish of Alten-Talvig was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). According to the 1835 census, the area had a population of 3,085. In 1863, the municipality of Alten-Talvig was dissolved and its area was split to create two new municipalities: Alten (population: 2,442) in the south and Talvig (population: 1,938) in the north. The two municipalities lasted for 101 years independently. During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, Talvik and Alta were merged back together to form the present-day Alta Municipality.
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