Astafjord

Astafjord is a former municipality in the old Troms county, Norway. The 310-square-kilometre (120 sq mi) municipality existed from 1926 until its dissolution in 1964. It was located in the eastern part of the present-day municipality of Tjeldsund in Troms og Finnmark county. The municipality surrounded the Grovfjorden. The administrative center of the former municipality was the village of Grov where Astafjord Church is located. The Astafjorden (strait) flowed along the northern part of the municipality and it was the namesake for the municipality.[1][2]

Astafjord herred
Official logo of Astafjord herred
Troms within
Norway
Astafjord within Troms
Astafjord within Troms
Coordinates: 68°40′29″N 17°07′28″E / 68.67472°N 17.12444°E / 68.67472; 17.12444Coordinates: 68°40′29″N 17°07′28″E / 68.67472°N 17.12444°E / 68.67472; 17.12444
CountryNorway
CountyTroms
DistrictCentral Hålogaland
Established1 July 1926
Disestablished1 Jan 1964
Administrative centreGrov
Area
 • Total310 km2 (120 sq mi)
 *Area at municipal dissolution.
Population
 (1964)
 • Total1,120
 • Density3.6/km2 (9.4/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1918
Preceded byIbestad in 1926
Succeeded bySkånland in 1964

HistoryEdit

Historically, Astafjord was a prestegjeld that encompassed a large part of southern Troms county, including the present-day municipalities of Bardu, Gratangen, Ibestad, Lavangen, Salangen, and most of Skånland. When municipalities were created in Norway in 1838, the old parish was created as Ibestad Municipality (see formannskapsdistrikt).[1]

The municipality of Astafjord was established on 1 July 1926 when the large Ibestad Municipality was separated into four municipalities: Ibestad (population: 1,768), Andørja (population: 1,420), Astafjord (population: 1,018), and Gratangen (population: 1,967). During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, Astafjord (population: 1,120) was merged with the part of Skånland municipality on the mainland (population: 2,246) to create a new larger Skånland Municipality (the rest of the old Skånland on the island of Rolla joined Ibestad Municipality).[3]

NameEdit

The municipality was named after the Astafjorden strait which was named after the old Ånstad farm (Old Norse: Arnastaðafjǫrðr). The first element of the old name comes from the male name Arna or "Arne", the second element staða means "home" or "farm", and the last element fjǫrðr is identical with the word for "fjord". Thus, the name literally means the "fjord by Arne's farm".[4]

GovernmentEdit

Municipal councilEdit

The municipal council (Herredsstyre) of Astafjord was made up of 15 representatives that were elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council was as follows:

Astafjord Herredsstyre 1960–1963 [5]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 List of workers, fishermen, and small farmholders
(Arbeidere, fiskere, småbrukere liste)
7
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)8
Total number of members:15
Astafjord Herredsstyre 1956–1959 [6]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Communist Party (Kommunistiske Parti)1
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)14
Total number of members:15
Astafjord Herredsstyre 1952–1955 [7]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 List of workers, fishermen, and small farmholders
(Arbeidere, fiskere, småbrukere liste)
3
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)2
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)7
Total number of members:12
Astafjord Herredsstyre 1948–1951 [8]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)3
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)9
Total number of members:12
Astafjord Herredsstyre 1945–1947 [9]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)4
 List of workers, fishermen, and small farmholders
(Arbeidere, fiskere, småbrukere liste)
5
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)3
Total number of members:12
Astafjord Herredsstyre 1938–1941* [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 List of workers, fishermen, and small farmholders
(Arbeidere, fiskere, småbrukere liste)
3
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)9
Total number of members:12

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Thorsnæs, Geir, ed. (2018-04-04). "Astafjord". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  2. ^ "Astafjord kommune" (in Norwegian). LokalHistorieWiki.no. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1911). Norske gaardnavne: Troms amt (in Norwegian) (17 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 48.
  5. ^ "Kommunevalgene og Ordførervalgene 1959" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Oslo: Statistisk sentralbyrå. 1960. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  6. ^ "Kommunevalgene og Ordførervalgene 1955" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Oslo: Statistisk sentralbyrå. 1957. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  7. ^ "Kommunevalgene og Ordførervalgene 1951" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Oslo: Statistisk sentralbyrå. 1952. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  8. ^ "Kommunevalgene og Ordførervalgene 1947" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Oslo: Statistisk sentralbyrå. 1948. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  9. ^ "Kommunevalgene og Ordførervalgene 1945" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Oslo: Statistisk sentralbyrå. 1947. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  10. ^ "Kommunevalgene og Ordførervalgene 1937" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Oslo: Statistisk sentralbyrå. 1938. Retrieved 2020-03-18.

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