to Finnmark County and the weather right now! Finnmark County is one out of 19 countys in Norway, covers a
area of 48.637 km2 and have a population of approximately 73.417.
Each County is divided into
different municipality. For Finnmark County you will find the name of
the municipality to your "right" (municipality for the whole country is 429) or read a short story given below.
Principal industries: Fishing, reindeer herding, mining and service industries.
Longest river: Pasvikdva 380 km.
Deepest fjord: Porsangerfjord 120 km.
Largest inland lake: Jiesjavri 68 km2.
Largest island: Sørøya 815 km2.
Norway´s largest municipality: Guovdageaidnu / Kautokeino 9.704 km2.
Border with Russia: 196 km.
Border with Finland: 616 km.
Northemmost point: 71°lO"N.
Easternmost point: 31°lO"E.
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is the northern most county where Norway swings eastwards; wide, deep
fjords and open plains characterise the landscape. It is larger than
Denmark in area, but the least populated county in Norway.
Regardless of the time of year you visit - with the mystical Midnight sun, a spectacular thunderstorm or the magical Northern Lights. The polar night occurs when the night lasts for more than 24 hours. This occurs only inside the polar circles.
of people live along the coast and by the fjords. This also applies to
the Lapp population, which most people associate with reindeer herding
The 3 major towns, Hammerfest, Vadsø and Vardø,
are all situated along the coast. Vadsø is the county´s administrative
centre. Prosperity through the ages has swung with development in
fisheries. Finnmark has been, and is, totally dependent on the sea´s
resources. After a series of lean years, cod stocks are on the to
increase, and optimism has returned to the industry. Not everyone is
aware of this, but Finnmark is Norway´s largest mining county.
Kirkenes, with Russia as its nearest neighbour in the East, developed around A/S Sydvaranger´s iron ore mines. Quartz is extracted at Tana and
Alta slate is sold on the international market. The county also has quantities of gold and copper.
Finnmark is the principal county of the Lapp population. The Karasjok and Kautokeino communities are centres for the Lapp institutions.
Sameting (the Lapp Parliament) is situated at Karasjok, while
Kautokeino is the centre for Lapp research and education. Reindeer
herding in many ways is the backbone of the Lapp culture. 60.000
animals are slaughtered every year. The Lapps have often been exploited
in marketing Norway abroad, so tourism is also a growth industry in the
county. The unique nature and proximity to the Arctic Ocean attracts an
ever increasing number of tourists northwards. People travel here from
far and wide to fish salmon in the Alta and Tana Rivers.
many, North Cape is a major tourist centre; you cannot travel any
farther north by car than the North Cape. The climate and the vast
distances can present problems. Finnmark winters are stormy,
perpetually dark and cold. Temperatures can reach as low as minus 40°C
on the plains. But nature´s disadvantages have also provided gains.
People from Finnmark are foremost in the world when it comes to
exploiting telecommunications. Consultations with medical specialists
by TV, video conferences for industry and remote education classes
connected by one TV network have eased communication problems.
Finnkirka is one of the world´s most beautiful mountain cliff´s, formed like a church it stands on the seaward approach to Kjøllefjord. Legend has it that it used to be a Sami place of sacrifice.
THE COASTAL STEAMER
Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruta´s) final destination is a long way east.
Every day, in stormy as well as calm seas, the boat docks at the quay
in Kirkenes before returning back down the coast.
carvings and other archaeological finds prove that Finnmark was settled
in prehistoric times. Some of the oldest remains are estimated to be
10,000 years old. For many years, Finnmark was an outback. However, at
the same time it was a meeting place for different cultures, such as
Norwegian, Lapp, Finnish and Russian.
Following the opening of
the border with Russia, Finnmark has again become a cross-roads. The
county is a centre in the Barents Region, and there is growing co
operation between Russia and Finnmark in areas of culture, politics and
The Lapps are indigenous to the region and represent
an ethnic minority. Lapland (Sápmi) extends beyond Norway´s border. The
Lapps live in Finland, Russia, Sweden and
Norway. They are traditionally hunters and fishermen. Reindeer herding
is fundamental to the Lapp culture and society. But Lapps follow a
whole range of professions. Reindeer herders represent only a small
proportion of the Lapp population. In recent years, the development of
reindeer herding has led to problems for the industry. In West
Finnmark, large tracts of land have been over-grazed because of too
many reindeer. The industry has to be rationalised. There is an active
Lapp element in the Tysfjord area in Nordland. Southern Lapps live
mainly in Nordland and North Trøndelag.
herding is also important there. While the grazing areas in the north
are currently over-grazed by too many animals, they appear to have
found a better balance farther south. Treatment of the Lapp minority
through the ages has not always been fair, but during the last few
decades, there has been an increased under standing of the importance
of protecting and developing the Lapp culture. The Cultural Heritage
Act of 1978 provides automatic protection to Lapp monuments, which are
more than 100 years old. The Laplanders´ Act of 1987 provides rules for
the Sameting and on use of the Lapp language. Today, the Lapps
represent an important part of the cultural diversity in the region. To
the rest of the world, the Lapp reindeer herders in their colourful
dress will continue to stand as a symbol of their culture - a culture
which in recent years has promoted its own distinctive character and
every municipality you will find links to Local Directory. This will give you information ON whats happen localy in the municipality even Job vacancy.
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The choice of different activities in Norway such as Golf, Skiing, Cycling, Cruising, Fishing, Stave churches etc.
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