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Bardu (Northern Sami: Bearddu suohkan, Kven: Perttulan komuuni) is a municipality in Troms county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Setermoen, the largest urban area in the municipality.

Bardu kommune

Bearddu suohkan
Perttulan komuuni
Panorama of the village of Setermoen
Panorama of the village of Setermoen
Official logo of Bardu kommune
Troms within
Bardu within Troms
Bardu within Troms
Coordinates: 68°51′51″N 18°21′10″E / 68.86417°N 18.35278°E / 68.86417; 18.35278Coordinates: 68°51′51″N 18°21′10″E / 68.86417°N 18.35278°E / 68.86417; 18.35278
Administrative centreSetermoen
 • Mayor (2015)Toralf Heimdal (Sp)
 • Total2,703.88 km2 (1,043.97 sq mi)
 • Land2,515.51 km2 (971.24 sq mi)
 • Water188.37 km2 (72.73 sq mi)  7%
Area rank16 in Norway
 • Total3,979
 • Rank231 in Norway
 • Density1.6/km2 (4/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1922
Official language formNeutral

The 2,704-square-kilometre (1,044 sq mi) municipality is the 16th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Bardu is the 231st most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 3,979. The municipality's population density is 1.6 inhabitants per square kilometre (4.1/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 0.4% over the last decade.[2][3]

Norway's largest military garrison is located at Setermoen. The military is the municipality's largest employer and more than 1,000 young soldiers perform their duty service here each year. The world's most northern zoo, Polar Park, is located in the southern part of the municipality.

General informationEdit

The municipality of Bardodalen was established in 1854 when the eastern part of the old Ibestad Municipality was separated to form the new municipality. The initial population of the new municipality was 757. The municipal borders have not changed since then, although the name was later changed to Bardu.[4]


Bardu is a Norwegianized form of the Sámi name Beardu. The meaning of the Sámi name is probably "long and steep mountain side". Prior to 1889, the municipality was called "Bardodalen" which meant "the valley/dale of Bardo". From 1889 until 1908, the name was written "Bardo". Since 1909, it has been spelled "Bardu".[5]

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms is from modern times; they were granted on 6 June 1980. The arms show a black wolverine on a gold background. It was chosen as a symbol for the large forests and the rich wildlife in the municipality.[6] The Rock Speedwell (Veronica fruticans) is the municipal flower.


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Bardu. It is part of the Indre Troms prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland.

Churches in Bardu
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Bardu Bardu Church Setermoen 1829
Nedre Bardu Chapel Brandmoen 1981
Øvre Bardu Chapel Sørdalen 1971
Salangsdalen Chapel Salangsdalen 1981


All municipalities in Norway, including Bardu, 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.[7] The municipality falls under the Senja District Court and the Hålogaland Court of Appeal.

Municipal councilEdit

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Bardu is made up of 19 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[8]

Bardu Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet7
 Progress PartyFremskrittspartiet1
 Conservative PartyHøyre4
 Centre PartySenterpartiet6
 Liberal PartyVenstre1
Total number of members:19


Bardu borders the municipalities of Lavangen and Salangen to the west, Målselv to the north, Narvik (in Nordland county) to the south, and Sweden to the east. The Barduelva river runs through the municipality from south to north along the Bardudalen valley. The Salangsdalen valley is located along the western part of the municipality. The largest lake in the county, Altevatnet, is located in the eastern part of the municipality, near the smaller lakes Geavdnjajávri and Leinavatn. These lakes lie in and near Rohkunborri National Park.


Bardu, although not far from the coast, is known for its cold winters compared to the coastal areas. This is caused by mountains usually blocking the milder, coastal air from reaching the Bardu valley. In summer, however, it is usually warmer than the coastal areas.

Climate data for Setermoen
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °C (°F) −10.3
Average precipitation mm (inches) 73
Average precipitation days (≥ 1 mm) 11.2 11.8 9.6 8.8 8.0 9.7 12.4 13.2 13.7 13.9 11.8 12.6 136.7
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[9]

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Notable residentsEdit


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  2. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  4. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  5. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Bardu" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  7. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (12 May 2016). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.
  9. ^ "eKlima Web Portal". Norwegian Meteorological Institute. Archived from the original on 14 June 2004.

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