Lavangen

Lavangen (Northern Sami: Loabák[3]) is a municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Tennevoll. Other villages in Lavangen include Fossbakken and Spansdalen (in the inland areas) and Kjeiprød, Røkenes, Låternes, Tennevoll, Hesjevika, Soløy, and Å (surrounding the fjord).

Lavangen kommune

Loabága suohkan
View of Inner Lavangen
View of Inner Lavangen
Official logo of Lavangen kommune
Troms og Finnmark within
Norway
Lavangen within Troms og Finnmark
Lavangen within Troms og Finnmark
Coordinates: 68°39′28″N 17°35′01″E / 68.65778°N 17.58361°E / 68.65778; 17.58361Coordinates: 68°39′28″N 17°35′01″E / 68.65778°N 17.58361°E / 68.65778; 17.58361
CountryNorway
CountyTroms og Finnmark
DistrictMidt-Troms
Established1 Jan 1907
Administrative centreTennevoll
Government
 • Mayor (2019)Hege Beathe Myrseth Rollmoen (Sp)
Area
 • Total301.63 km2 (116.46 sq mi)
 • Land296.10 km2 (114.32 sq mi)
 • Water5.53 km2 (2.14 sq mi)  1.8%
Area rank266 in Norway
Population
 (2020)
 • Total1,034
 • Rank332 in Norway
 • Density3.5/km2 (9/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
2.2%
Demonym(s)Lavangsværing[1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-5415
Official language formNeutral[2]
Websitelavangen.kommune.no

The 302-square-kilometre (117 sq mi) municipality is the 266th largest by area out of the 356 municipalities in Norway. Lavangen is the 332nd most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,034. The municipality's population density is 3.5 inhabitants per square kilometre (9.1/sq mi) and its population has increased by 2.2% over the previous 10-year period.[4][5]

General informationEdit

Lavangen was established on 1 January 1907 when it was separated from Ibestad Municipality. The initial population was 1,536. During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, the neighboring municipalities of Lavangen (population: 1,677) and Salangen (population: 2,611) were merged into one large municipality of Salangen. The merger was brief, however, because on 1 January 1977, the old Lavangen municipality (except for the Lavangsnes area) was made a separate municipality once again.[6]

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.[7]

NameEdit

The municipality is named after the fjord (Old Norse: Laufangr). The first element is lauf which means "leaf" (here in the sense of 'birchwood') and the last element is angr which means "fjord".[8]

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms is modern, it was granted on 18 December 1987. The arms are a canting of the name (which means leaf) since it shows three gold-colored birch leaves on a red background. The three leaves represent how the municipality was settled by Norwegians, Samis, and Kvens.[9][10]

ChurchesEdit

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

Churches in Lavangen
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Lavangen Lavangen Church Soløy 1891

GeographyEdit

The municipality encompasses the land around the Spansdalelva river valley and most of the area around the Lavangen fjord, south of the Astafjorden. The municipality borders Narvik (in Nordland county) to the south, Gratangen to the west, Salangen to the north, and Bardu to the east.

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Tennevoll
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −3.2
(26.2)
−2.2
(28.0)
1.1
(34.0)
4.5
(40.1)
10.1
(50.2)
15.0
(59.0)
17.2
(63.0)
15.6
(60.1)
10.6
(51.1)
4.8
(40.6)
0.6
(33.1)
−1.2
(29.8)
6.1
(43.0)
Daily mean °C (°F) −6.7
(19.9)
−5.8
(21.6)
−2.9
(26.8)
1.2
(34.2)
6.6
(43.9)
10.9
(51.6)
13.3
(55.9)
12.0
(53.6)
7.1
(44.8)
2.4
(36.3)
−2.4
(27.7)
−5.0
(23.0)
2.6
(36.7)
Average low °C (°F) −11.5
(11.3)
−10.2
(13.6)
−7.4
(18.7)
−3.4
(25.9)
1.4
(34.5)
6.4
(43.5)
8.9
(48.0)
7.5
(45.5)
3.0
(37.4)
−1.7
(28.9)
−6.4
(20.5)
−8.9
(16.0)
−1.9
(28.6)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 80
(3.1)
81
(3.2)
60
(2.4)
53
(2.1)
38
(1.5)
59
(2.3)
69
(2.7)
76
(3.0)
92
(3.6)
113
(4.4)
88
(3.5)
91
(3.6)
910
(35.8)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1 mm) 11.2 11.8 10.1 9.3 8.5 10.9 12.8 14.8 14.6 14.7 12.0 12.0 142.7
Source: Norwegian Meteorological Institute[11]

GovernmentEdit

All municipalities in Norway, including Lavangen, 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.[12] The municipality falls under the Ofoten District Court and the Hålogaland Court of Appeal.

Municipal councilEdit

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Lavangen is made up of 15 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Lavangen Kommunestyre 2020–2023 [13]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
Total number of members:15
Lavangen Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [14]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
Total number of members:15
Lavangen Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [15]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)6
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
Total number of members:15
Lavangen Kommunestyre 2008–2011 [14]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
Total number of members:15
Lavangen Kommunestyre 2004–2007 [14]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Joint list of the Conservative Party (Høyre)
and Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)
4
Total number of members:15
Lavangen Kommunestyre 2000–2003 [14]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Conservative Party (Høyre)4
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)3
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)1
Total number of members:15
Lavangen Kommunestyre 1996–1999 [16]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
Total number of members:15
Lavangen Kommunestyre 1992–1995 [17]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Conservative Party (Høyre)5
 Joint list of the Centre Party (Senterpartiet),
Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti),
and Liberal Party (Venstre)
2
Total number of members:15
Lavangen Kommunestyre 1988–1991 [18]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Conservative Party (Høyre)6
 Joint list of the Centre Party (Senterpartiet),
Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti),
and Liberal Party (Venstre)
2
 Spansdalen local list (Spansdalen Bygdeliste)1
Total number of members:17
Lavangen Kommunestyre 1984–1987 [19]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Conservative Party (Høyre)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Joint list of the Centre Party (Senterpartiet)
and the Liberal Party (Venstre)
1
 Spansdalen local list (Spansdalen bygdeliste)1
Total number of members:17
Lavangen Kommunestyre 1980–1983 [20]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Joint list of the Centre Party (Senterpartiet)
and the Liberal Party (Venstre)
1
 Lavangen common list (Lavangen bygdeliste)6
 Spansdalen common list (Spansdalen bygdeliste)1
Total number of members:17
Lavangen Herredsstyre 1960–1963 [21]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)10
Total number of members:17
Lavangen Herredsstyre 1956–1959 [22]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)7
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)10
Total number of members:17
Lavangen Herredsstyre 1952–1955 [23]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)6
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)10
Total number of members:16
Lavangen Herredsstyre 1948–1951 [24]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)8
Total number of members:16
Lavangen Herredsstyre 1945–1947 [25]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)6
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)10
Total number of members:16
Lavangen Herredsstyre 1938–1941* [26]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)8
Total number of members:16

MayorsEdit

The mayors of Lavangen (incomplete list):

  • 2019-present: Hege Beathe Myrseth Rollmoen (Sp)
  • 2015-2019: Bernhardt Halvorsen (Sp)
  • 2011-2015: Erling Bratsberg (Sp)
  • 2007-2011: Viktor Andberg (Ap)
  • 2003-2007: Bernhardt Halvorsen (Sp)
  • 1983-2003: Torleif Myrseth (Ap)

AttractionsEdit

Spanstind rundt is a famous cross-country skiing race in Lavangen that is held on Maundy Thursdays each year.

Notable peopleEdit

  • Cecilie Myrseth (born 1984) a Norwegian psychologist and politician, grew up in Lavangen
  • Sandra Borch (born 1988 in Lavangen) a Norwegian politician

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