Bardu (Northern Sami: Bearddu suohkan, Kven: Perttulan komuuni) is a municipality in Troms og Finnmark 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 og Finnmark within
Norway
Bardu within Troms og Finnmark
Bardu within Troms og Finnmark
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
CountryNorway
CountyTroms og Finnmark
DistrictMidt-Troms
Established1854
Administrative centreSetermoen
Government
 • Mayor (2015)Toralf Heimdal (Sp)
Area
 • Total2,703.89 km2 (1,043.98 sq mi)
 • Land2,513.60 km2 (970.51 sq mi)
 • Water190.29 km2 (73.47 sq mi)  7%
Area rank18 in Norway
Population
 (2020)
 • Total4,005
 • Rank203 in Norway
 • Density1.6/km2 (4/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
1.4%
Demonym(s)Bardudøl[1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-5416
Official language formNeutral[2]
Websitebardu.kommune.no

The 2,704-square-kilometre (1,044 sq mi) municipality is the 18th largest by area out of the 356 municipalities in Norway. Bardu is the 203rd most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 4,005. The municipality's population density is 1.6 inhabitants per square kilometre (4.1/sq mi) and its population has increased by 1.4% over the last decade.[3][4]

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.[5]

On 1 January 2020, the municipality became part of the newly formed Troms og Finnmark county. Previously, it had been part of the old Troms county.[6]

NameEdit

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".[7]

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.[8] The rock speedwell (Veronica fruticans) is the municipal flower.

ChurchesEdit

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

GovernmentEdit

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.[9] 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. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Bardu Kommunestyre 2020–2023 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)4
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)12
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:19
Bardu Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Conservative Party (Høyre)4
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:19
Bardu Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)13
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Conservative Party (Høyre)7
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:25
Bardu Kommunestyre 2008–2011 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)3
 Conservative Party (Høyre)4
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)9
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:25
Bardu Kommunestyre 2004–2007 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høyre)4
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
 Bardu Independent Election List (Bardu Uavhengige Folkevalgte)1
Total number of members:25
Bardu Kommunestyre 2000–2003 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Conservative Party (Høyre)8
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
 Bardu local list (Bardu bygdeliste)1
Total number of members:25
Bardu Kommunestyre 1996–1999 [13]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Conservative Party (Høyre)8
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Bardu local list (Bardu Bygdeliste)1
Total number of members:25
Bardu Kommunestyre 1992–1995 [14]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Conservative Party (Høyre)8
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
Total number of members:25
Bardu Kommunestyre 1988–1991 [15]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)10
 Conservative Party (Høyre)9
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
Total number of members:25
Bardu Kommunestyre 1984–1987 [16]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)11
 Conservative Party (Høyre)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
Total number of members:25
Bardu Kommunestyre 1980–1983 [17]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)10
 Conservative Party (Høyre)7
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
Total number of members:25
Bardu Kommunestyre 1976–1979 [18]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)12
 Conservative Party (Høyre)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
Total number of members:25
Bardu Kommunestyre 1972–1975 [19]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)11
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:21
Bardu Kommunestyre 1968–1971 [20]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)11
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:21
Bardu Kommunestyre 1964–1967 [21]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)12
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:21
Bardu Herredsstyre 1960–1963 [22]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)12
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)1
Total number of members:21
Bardu Herredsstyre 1956–1959 [23]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)11
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)8
Total number of members:21
Bardu Herredsstyre 1952–1955 [24]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)9
Total number of members:16
Bardu Herredsstyre 1948–1951 [25]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)8
Total number of members:16
Bardu Herredsstyre 1945–1947 [26]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)7
Total number of members:16
Bardu Herredsstyre 1938–1941* [27]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)9
Total number of members:16

GeographyEdit

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.

ClimateEdit

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
(13.5)
−8.8
(16.2)
−5.3
(22.5)
−0.2
(31.6)
5.6
(42.1)
10.6
(51.1)
13.1
(55.6)
11.5
(52.7)
6.4
(43.5)
1.2
(34.2)
−5.2
(22.6)
−8.8
(16.2)
0.8
(33.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 73
(2.9)
67
(2.6)
45
(1.8)
42
(1.7)
35
(1.4)
49
(1.9)
69
(2.7)
79
(3.1)
79
(3.1)
106
(4.2)
75
(3.0)
78
(3.1)
797
(31.4)
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[28]

Media galleryEdit

Notable residentsEdit

 
Fred Børre Lundberg, 1991
  • Alfred Henningsen (1918–2012) a military officer, spy and politician; Mayor of Bardu for over nine years, lived in Setermoen
  • Sissel Solbjørg Bjugn (1947 in Bardu – 2011) a Norwegian poet and children's writer
  • Regina Alexandrova (born 1967) a Norwegian politician, Bardu municipal councillor from 2007 to 2015

SportEdit

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