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Guovdageaidnu (Northern Sami) or About this sound Kautokeino  (Norwegian) is the administrative centre of Kautokeino Municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. The village is located along the river Kautokeinoelva, about 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of the village of Masi and about 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of the Finland–Norway border.[3]

View of the village
View of the village
Guovdageaidnu is located in Finnmark
Location in Finnmark
Guovdageaidnu is located in Norway
Guovdageaidnu (Norway)
Coordinates: 69°00′44″N 23°02′27″E / 69.01222°N 23.04083°E / 69.01222; 23.04083Coordinates: 69°00′44″N 23°02′27″E / 69.01222°N 23.04083°E / 69.01222; 23.04083
Country Norway
Region Northern Norway
County Finnmark
District Vest-Finnmark
Municipality Kautokeino
 • Total 1.7 km2 (0.7 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 319 m (1,047 ft)
Population (2013)[1]
 • Total 1,386
 • Density 815/km2 (2,110/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 9520 Kautokeino

The 1.7-square-kilometre (420-acre) village has a population (2013) of 1,386, which gives the village a population density of 815 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,110/sq mi) and makes it the largest urban area in the municipality.[1] The village is the site of Kautokeino Church.

The European route E45 runs through the village on its way from the town of Alta to the Italy in the south. The small Kautokeino Airport lies just to the north of the village.

Sámi University College is located in the village.


In 1852, the village was the site of the Kautokeino rebellion.

From 1882 to 1883 Sophus Tromholt ran a Northern Lights observatory[4] here "as a part of the first international polar year. He did not succeed in photographic registration of the Northern Lights, but used the camera to photograph landscapes, buildings and people. He was the first to photograph Kautokeino's Sami as character portraits with full names, not as tourist props or race examples. The Tromholt Collection became part of Unesco's Norwegian document heritage register in" 2012, according to a display integrated with the facade of Stein Rokkan Building[5] at the University of Bergen.


  1. ^ a b c Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2013). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality". 
  2. ^ "Kautokeino" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Kautokeino" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  4. ^ Arven etter samene
  5. ^ University of Bergen

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