Area rank 253 in Norway
Area 363 km²
Population 3,381 (2012)
Official language form Norwegian Language
Administrative centre Sørreisa
Local time Tuesday 3:14 PM
Administrative center Sørreisa
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Sørreisa (Northern Sami: Ráisavuona suohkan) is a municipality in Troms county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Sørreisa. Other villages include Grunnreisa, Skøelva, and Smørsgård.
- Map of 9310 Sorreisa, Norway
- General information
- Coat of arms
- Municipal council
Map of 9310 Sorreisa, Norway
The municipality of Sørreisen was established on 1 September 1886 when it was separated from the municipality of Tranøy. The initial population of Sørreisen was 1,361. Later the spelling was changed to Sørreisa. On 1 January 1964, the part of Sørreisa across the Reisafjorden on the island of Senja (population: 129) was transferred to the municipality of Lenvik.
The municipality is named after the Reisafjorden (originally Reisa), which again is named after the Reisaelva (the "Reisa river" - originally Reisa). The river name is derived from the verb rísa which means "raise" (referring to flooding). The first element Sør ("south") was added to distinguish the municipality from Nordreisa. The municipality was originally named Sørreisen.
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 7 September 1984. The arms show three gold stars on a red background. It was derived from the oldest known seal in the municipality, a 17th-century seal of Jacob Hansen Kinapel, who was a police sergeant in Sørreisa from 1715 to 1748.
The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Sørreisa. It is part of the Indre Troms deanery in the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland.
Sørreisa is located on the western coast of Norway, along the Reisafjorden, just east of the large island of Senja. The 363-square-kilometre (140 sq mi) municipality is mostly populated along the shoreline. The municipality of Dyrøy lies to the west, Salangen and Bardu to the south, Målselv to the east, and Lenvik to the north.
All municipalities in Norway, including Sørreisa, 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.
The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Sørreisa is made up of 15 representatives that are elected to every four years. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows: