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Encyclopedia > Tromsø
Tromsø kommune
Image:tromsoe_i_norge.gif
County Troms
Landscape
Municipality NO-1902
Administrative centre Tromsø
Mayor (2004) Herman Kristoffersen (Ap)
Official language form Neutral
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Percentage
Ranked 18
2,566 km²
2,519 km²
0.79 %
Population
 - Total (2004)
 - Percentage
 - Change (10 years)
 - Density
Ranked 8
61,897
1.35 %
13.3 %
25/km²
Coordinates 69°40′ N 18°56′ E (http://kvaleberg.com/extensions/mapsources/index.php?params=69_40_N_18_56_E_type:adm2nd_region:NO-1902)
www.tromso.kommune.no

Data from Statistics Norway (http://www.ssb.no/english/municipalities/1902) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... copied from no. ... Norway is divided into 19 administrative regions, called counties (fylker, singular - fylke, Nynorsk: singular and plural fylke - until 1918 known as amter, singular - amt), and 433 municipalities (kommuner - Nynorsk: kommunar). ... Troms is a county in Norway, bordering Finnmark and Nordland. ... Norway is divided into 19 administrative regions, called counties (fylker, singular - fylke), and 433 municipalities (kommuner). ... The ISO 3166-2 codes for Norway describe 19 counties (fylke). ... Herman Kristoffersen is the mayor of Tromsø in Norway (2004). ... The Norwegian Labour Party (Det norske Arbeiderparti, Arbeiderpartiet or DNA) is a left-wing political party in Norway. ... Norwegian is a Germanic language spoken in Norway. ... This article explains the meaning of area as a physical quantity. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Population density can be used as a measurement of any tangible item. ... This article is about longitude and latitude; see also UTM coordinate system Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (vertically) and longitude (horizontally); large version (pdf) The geographic (earth-mapping) coordinate system expresses every horizontal position on Earth by two of the three coordinates of a spherical coordinate system which...

Tromsø is a city and municipality in the county of Troms, Norway. The municipality of Tromsø covers large districts outside the town. Norway is divided into 19 administrative regions, called counties (fylker, singular - fylke), and 433 municipalities (kommuner). ... Norway is divided into 19 administrative regions, called counties (fylker, singular - fylke, Nynorsk: singular and plural fylke - until 1918 known as amter, singular - amt), and 433 municipalities (kommuner - Nynorsk: kommunar). ... Troms is a county in Norway, bordering Finnmark and Nordland. ...


Tromsø is the seventh largest city in Norway by population, and is home of the world's northernmost university, University of Tromsø. A university is an institution of higher education and of research, which grants academic degrees. ... The University of Tromsø (Universitetet i Tromsø) is the worlds northernmost university. ...


The city is located on the Tromsøy island — above the Arctic Circle at 69° 40′ 33″ N 18° 55′ 10″ E (http://kvaleberg.com/extensions/mapsources/index.php?params=69_40_33_N_18_55_10_E_). The Arctic Circle is one of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth. ...


The Midnight sun is visible in Tromsø from about May 18 to July 26. On the other hand, the sun remains below the horizon from about November 26 to January 15. However, the city is surrounded by mountains, meaning that in reality the Midnight Sun is visible from about May 21 to July 21, and the dark period is about from November 21 to January 21. The return of the sun is an occasion for celebration. The midnight sun at Nordkapp, Norway The midnight sun is a phenomenon occurring in latitudes north of the arctic circle and south of the antarctic circle where the sun is continuously visible for at least 24 hours. ... May 18 is the 138th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (139th in leap years). ... July 26 is the 207th day (208th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 158 days remaining. ... November 26 is the 330th day (331st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... May 21 is the 141st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (142nd in leap years). ... July 21 is the 202nd day (203rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 163 days remaining. ... November 21 is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ...

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History

The first church was built in 1252, and was then the world's northernmost church, called Sancta Maria juxta paganos, or "Saint Mary's close to the pagans". Probably around the same time, a turf rampart was built to protect the area against raids from Karelia and Russia. Events Alfonso X of Castile, the Wise (el Sabio) Stockholm is founded by Birger Jarl (cf 1854) The widespread usage of torture by the Medieval Inquisition is introduced. ... Map showing the parts Karelia is traditionally divided into. ...


Tromsø was issued its city charter in 1794, by then only around 80 people lived there. During the 19th century the city rose in importance, with the establishment of a bishop's seat (1834), a teacher training college (1848), a shipyard (1848), the Tromsø Museum (1872) and the Mack Brewery (1877). 1794 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Mack Brewery is a brewery in Tromsø, Norway. ...


Arctic hunting, from Novaya Zemlya to Canada, started up around 1820. By 1850 Tromsø was the major centre of Arctic hunting, overtaking the former centre of Hammerfest, and the city was trading from Arkhangelsk to Bordeaux. In 1803 Tromsø became the seat of a Bishop, and in 1848, a teachers' training college was relocated to Tromsø. By the end of the 19th century, Tromsø had become a major Arctic trade centre from which many Arctic expeditions originated, explorers like Roald Amundsen, Umberto Nobile and Fridtjof Nansen made use of the know-how in Tromsø on the conditions in the Arctic, and often recruited their crew in the city. The Northern lights observatory was founded in 1927. Novaya Zemlyas position on the map The archipelago of Novaya Zemlya (Russian: Но́вая Земля́, New Land; formerly known as Nova Zembla) consists of two major islands in the Arctic Ocean in the north of Russia, separated by the narrow Matochkin Strait, and a number of smaller ones. ... County Finnmark Landscape Municipality NO-2004 Administrative centre Hammerfest Mayor (2003) Alf E. Jakobsen (Ap) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 129 849 km² 819 km² 0. ... Murmansk, Archangelsk, Dikson, Tiksi, on the Arctic Ocean The city of Arkhangelsk (Арха́нгельск, formerly in English Archangel) lies on the Northern Dvina River (Се́верная Двина́) near its exit into the White Sea in the far north of European Russia. ... City motto: Lilia sola regunt lunam undas castra leonem. ... 1848 is a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... The red line indicates the 10°C isotherm in July, commonly used to define the Arctic region border The Arctic is the area around the Earths North Pole. ... Roald Amundsen Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen (July 16, 1872–June 18, 1928) was a Norwegian explorer of polar regions. ... Umberto Nobile (January 21, 1885 - July 30, 1978) was a Italian aeronautical engineer and Arctic explorer. ... Fridtjof Nansen Fridtjof Nansen (born October 10, 1861 in Kristiania Oslo - died May 13, 1930 in Oslo) was a Norwegian explorer, scientist and diplomat. ... Northern Lights is a common name for the polar aurorae in the northern hemisphere. ...


During World War II it served briefly as the seat of Norwegian government. However, the city escaped the war without any damage, although the German battleship Tirpitz was sunk off the Tromsøy Island on November 12 1944, when close to 1000 German soldiers died. Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km (over 11 miles) into the air. ... German battleship Tirpitz underway for her trials, 1941 Tirpitz was a battleship of the German Kriegsmarine, a sister ship to the German battleship Bismarck, and named for Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz. ...


Expansion after World War II has been rapid. The airport opened in 1964, the University of Tromsø in 1972 and the Norwegian Polar Institute was relocated to Tromsø from Oslo in 1998. The University of Tromsø (Universitetet i Tromsø) is the worlds northernmost university. ... The Norwegian Polar Institute (in Norwegian: Norsk Polarinstitutt) is Norways national institution for polar research. ... County Oslo NO-03 Landscape Viken Municipality NO-0301 Administrative centre Oslo Mayor (2004) Per Ditlev-Simonsen (H) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 224 454 km² 426 km² 0. ...


The population growth has been strong, some years more than 1000 people; in 1964 the present municipal borders were created through unification of several boroughs. Then the city had some 32 000 inhabitants, practically doubled today at 62 000. At present the growth is slowing slightly.


Population

More than 100 nationalities are represented in the population, among the more prominent are the Russians and Finns. The world's northernmost mosque is to be found in Tromsø. The Our Lady Catholic church is the seat of the world's northernmost Catholic Bishop, although the Catholic population is only 350 heads strong. A mosque is a place of worship for followers of the Islamic faith. ...


The Sami minority is making itself felt again, after decades of ridicule and repression, and there is a Sami kindergarten and Sami language classes in school. Sami was once spoken in communities thoughout Tromsø, but is unfortunately a dying language in those communities. Most Sami speakers in Tromsø have migrated here from other Sami-speaking areas in the North. Sami flag The Sami People (there are other names and spellings including Sámi, Saami and Lapp) are an indigenous people of northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia, covering a total area in the Nordic countries corresponding to the size of Sweden. ...


Sports

Tromsø is the home of two football clubs: Tromsø I.L., which plays in the Norwegian Premier League; and Tromsdalen U.I.L., playing in the second division (2005). Tromsø Midnight Sun Marathon is arranged every year in June and recently also a Polar Night Half marathon in January. Tromsø I.L. is a Norwegian football club founded in 1920, from the city of Tromsø. It was promoted to the Norwegian Premier League in 2002 after one year in the first division following 16 consecutive seasons in the highest division. ... The Norwegian Premier League is the top football league division in Norway. ... Tromsdalen U.I.L. is a Norwegian football and sports (among others skiing and gymnastics) club founded in 1938, from the city of Tromsø. The football club was promoted to the Norwegian first division in 2003, but was relegated after one season. ... Teams in the premier division (Tippeligaen) (2005) F.K. Bodø/Glimt S.K. Brann Hamarkameratene (Ham-Kam) Fredrikstad F.K. Lillestrøm S.K. F.C. Lyn Oslo Molde F.K. Odd Grenland B.K. Rosenborg B.K. I.K. Start Tromsø I.L. Viking F.K. Vålerenga I... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ... Tromsø Midnight Sun Marathon is a Midnight Sun Marathon hosted by the Norwegian city Tromsø in June each year. ... June is the sixth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days. ... January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ...


Culture

The Arctic Cathedral

Most cultural activities take place in the Kulturhuset (The culture house), including concerts by Tromsø's symphony orchestra (Tromsø Symfoniorkester) and plays by Tromsø's professional theatre troupe Hålogaland Teater. A new theatre building is under construction, and is due to open in November 2005. There is also the Northern Norwegian Art Gallery (Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum) as well as the Tromsø Gallery of Contemporary Art (Tromsø Kunstforening). January is the main season for cultural events, with both the Tromsø International Film Festival and the Northern Lights Festival of Music (Nordlysfestivalen). On June 11 2005 the city hosted the 46664 Arctic concert designed to put work concerning HIV/AIDS on the international agenda. The concert was promoted by Nelson Mandela, whose prison number has provided the arrangement's name, and featured international and local artists. Download high resolution version (768x1024, 178 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (768x1024, 178 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Take a look at www. ... HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a retrovirus that infects cells of the human immune system. ... The Red Ribbon symbol is used internationally to represent the fight against AIDS. AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, rarely written Aids) is a disease characterized by the destruction of the human immune system. ... Nelson Mandela Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, OM, (born July 18, 1918) before becoming President of South Africa, was one of its chief anti-apartheid activists, and was also an anti-apartheid saboteur. ...


Landmarks

The city centre is the biggest concentration of historic wooden houses north of Trondheim. A multitude of houses dating from 1789 to 1904 (when building wooden houses was banned in the city centre), co-exist with modern architecture. Landmarks include the Tromsø Cathedral (Norway's only wooden cathedral, built in 1861), the Arctic Cathedral (a striking modern church from 1965) and the Polaria aquarium and experience centre from 1998. The oldest house in Tromsø is Skansen, built in 1789 on the remains of a 13th c. turf rampart. Norway's oldest cinema is still in use, Verdensteatret, built 1915-16, lies in Tromsø and is featured with large wall paintings, picturing scenes from Norwegian folk lore and fairy tales, made by the local artist Sverre Mack in 1921. The Tromsø Museum is a University museum, presenting culture and nature of Northern Norway. The little Polar Museum presents Tromsø's past as a centre for Arctic hunting and starting point for polar expeditions, and is situated in a wharf house from 1837. 1789 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... 1904 is a leap year starting on a Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1861 is a common year starting on Tuesday. ... 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Located in Tromsø in northern Norway, Polaria is the worlds most northerly aquarium. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1915 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1916 is a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar) Events January-February January 1 -The first successful blood transfusion using blood that had been stored and cooled. ... 1921 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...


Miscelaneous

Tromsø was known in the 19th c. as the "Paris of the North", probably because people in Tromsø appeared as far more civilized than expected to foreign tourists. Fashions, language skills and a high educational level of the city's gentry came as a big surprise to prejudiced visitors.


The nightlife of Tromsø enjoys national fame. The combined capacity of clubs, pubs and bars is of more than 20 000 people, meaning that one out of three can go out at the same time. However, the sin city image was more apparent in the 1970s, when the rest of Norway was a lot drier and duller than today.


The local newspapers are named Bladet Tromsø and Nordlys and the local brewery is the Mack Brewery which is the northernmost brewery in the world. Bladet Tromsø is a daily newspaper published in Tromsø, Norway. ... Nordlys is a newspaper published in Tromsø, Norway. ... Mack Brewery is a brewery in Tromsø, Norway. ...


The movie Insomnia was shot in Tromsø. Insomnia (1997) was the debut film of Norweigan director Erik Skjoldbjærg, telling the story of a cross-border collaboration between Swedish and Norweigan police to hunt down the killer of a fifteen year old girl. ...


People

Famous people who come from the city include:

The Harbour of Tromsø

Overview of Tromsø, Norway. ... Overview of Tromsø, Norway. ... Biosphere, the recording name of Geir Jenssen, is a Norwegian musician who has released a large catalogue of ambient electronic music. ... Peter Wessel Zapffe (December 18, 1899-October 12, 1990) was a Norwegian author and philosopher. ... Born in Tromsø, Norway, he immigrated to America at the age of seven. ... Lene Marlin on the cover of her album Another Day Lene Marlin Pedersen (born August 17, 1980) is a Norwegian singer. ... Röyksopp (sometimes spelled Royksopp or Røyksopp) is an electronic music duo based in Bergen, Norway composed of Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge. ... Röyksopp (sometimes spelled Royksopp or Røyksopp) is an electronic music duo based in Bergen, Norway composed of Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge. ... Electronic music is a loose term for music created using electronic equipment. ...

Twin towns

Tromsø has ten twin towns: This article is about partnerships between towns distant from each other; see Twin cities for the different concept of physically neighbouring cities. ...

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External links

  • Tromsø 2014 (http://www.tromso2014.no) - Olympic bid official site
  • 46664 Arctic (http://www.46664arctic.no) - The consert's official site


Municipalities of Troms

Balsfjord | Bardu | Berg | Bjarkøy | Dyrøy | Gratangen | Harstad | Ibestad | Karlsøy | Kvæfjord | Kvænangen | Kåfjord | Lavangen | Lenvik | Lyngen | Målselv | Nordreisa | Salangen | Skjervøy | Skånland | Storfjord | Sørreisa | Torsken | Tranøy | Tromsø Norway is divided into 19 administrative regions, called counties (fylker, singular - fylke), and 433 municipalities (kommuner). ... Troms is a county in Norway, bordering Finnmark and Nordland. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Missing image Image:Baksfjord kart. ... The municipality Bardu in the county of Troms, Norway, has 3,799 inhabitants as of January 1, 2002. ... County Troms Landscape Municipality NO-1929 Administrative centre Skaland Mayor (2003) Trond Abelson (Ap) Official language form Bokmål Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 280 294 km² 276 km² 0. ... County Troms Landscape Hålogaland Municipality NO-1915 Administrative centre Bjarkøy Mayor (2003) Jorunn Berg (Sandsøy og Fenes/Skjellesvik Bygdeliste) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 402 74 km² 73 km² 0. ... County Troms Landscape Municipality NO-1926 Administrative centre Brøstadbotn Mayor (2003) Rolf Espenes (Ap) Official language form Bokmål Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 282 289 km² 277 km² 0. ... County Troms Landscape Hålogaland Municipality NO-1919 Administrative centre Gratangen Mayor (2003) Eva Helene Ottesen (Ap) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 271 313 km² 306 km² 0. ... Harstad is a town and municipality in the county of Troms on the island of Hinnøya, Norway. ... The municipality Ibestad in the county of Troms, Norway, has 1,647 inhabitants As of october 1. ... County Troms Landscape Municipality NO-1936 Administrative centre Hansnes Mayor (2003) Thor Tøllefsen (Kystpartiet) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 97 1,047 km² 1,009 km² 0. ... County Troms Landscape Hålogaland Municipality NO-1911 Administrative centre Borkenes Mayor (2005) Lillian Hessen (V) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 205 513 km² 498 km² 0. ... County Troms Landscape Municipality NO-1943 Administrative centre Burfjord Mayor (2003) Harald Olsen (H) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 26 2,108 km² 2,008 km² 0. ... County Troms Landscape Municipality NO-1940 Administrative centre Olderdalen Mayor (2003) Bjørn Inge Mo (Ap) Official language form Bokmål and Sami Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 106 991 km² 950 km² 0. ... The municipality Lavangen in the county of Troms, Norway, has 1,050 inhabitants as of January 1, 2002. ... Lenvik is a municipality in the county of Troms, Norway. ... The municipality Lyngen in the county of Troms, Norway, has 3,183 inhabitants as of January 1, 2002. ... County Troms Landscape Municipality NO-1924 Administrative centre Moen Mayor (2003) Viggo Fossum (AP) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 10 3,322 km² 3,208 km² 1. ... The municipality Nordreisa in the county of Troms, Norway, has 4,739 inhabitants as of January 1, 2002. ... The municipality Salangen in the county of Troms, Norway, has 2,303 inhabitants as of January 1, 2002. ... County Troms Landscape Municipality NO-1941 Administrative centre Skjervøy Mayor (2003) Roy Waage (KrF) Official language form Bokmål Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 210 478 km² 470 km² 0. ... County Troms Landscape Hålogaland Municipality NO-1913 Administrative centre Evenskjer Mayor (2003) Svein Berg (Ap) Official language form Bokmål Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 209 495 km² 465 km² 0. ... Storfjord is municipality in the county of Troms, Norway, has 1,860 inhabitants as of January 1, 2002. ... County Troms Landscape Municipality NO-1925 Administrative centre Sørreisa Mayor (2003) Magnor Olsen (Ap) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 253 363 km² 347 km² 0. ... The municipality Torsken in the county of Troms, Norway, has 1,129 inhabitants as of January 1, 2002. ... County Troms Landscape Municipality NO-1927 Administrative centre Stonglandseidet Mayor (2003) Odd Arne Andreassen (Ap) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 201 524 km² 499 km² 0. ...


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