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Kvæfjord kommune
—  Municipality  —

Coat of arms

Troms within
Kvæfjord within Troms
Coordinates (city): 68°42′7″N 16°8′49″E / 68.70194°N 16.14694°E / 68.70194; 16.14694Coordinates: 68°42′7″N 16°8′49″E / 68.70194°N 16.14694°E / 68.70194; 16.14694
Country Norway
County Troms
District Hålogaland
Municipality ID NO-1911
Administrative centre Borkenes
 - Mayor (2005) Lillian Hessen (V)
Area (Nr. 205 in Norway)
 - Total 513 km2 (198.1 sq mi)
 - Land 498 km2 (192.3 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 - Total 3,072
 Density 6/km2 (15.5/sq mi)
 - Change (10 years) -9.8 %
 - Rank in Norway 266
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Official language form Neutral
Norwegian demonym Kvæfjerding[1]
Data from Statistics Norway

Kvæfjord is a municipality in Troms county, Norway. It is part of the Hålogaland traditional region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Borkenes.

Kvæfjord was established as a municipality 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The district of Godfjorden was transferred from Kvæfjord to Sortland municipality (in Nordland county) on 1 January 2000.

Together with Harstad, the two municipalities cover most of the island of Hinnøya in the southern parts of the county. Kvæfjord consists mostly of mountains and fjords. The fjord Kvæfjord is a central part.

Kvæfjord is also where the Norwegian national cake originally comes from.


General information

Kvæfjord map


The municipality is named after the fjord (Old Norse: Kviðjufjörðr). The first element is the genitive case of the name of the island Kviðja (now Kveøya) and the last element is fjörðr which means "fjord". The name of the island is maybe derived from the word kviðr which means "belly" or "stomach". Prior to 1889, the name was spelled Kvædfjord.


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 4 April 1986. The arms show a strawberry plant. The main source of income in the municipality is agriculture and it is also the northernmost village in Norway where strawberries can grow.[2]


Kvæfjord landscape

The municipality is known for agriculture and farming. The quality of the strawberries is famous. The long hours of daylight, combined with relatively low summer temperatures, make the strawberries more tasteful than berries grown in warmer climates.

A large institution for the mentally handicapped was once located in Kvæfjord. It employed a large number of health workers.


The landscape of today was largely formed during the last ice age. When the ice retreated, the terrain rose by 50 metres (164 ft). It is in this belt of old seabed that today's best farm land is located.

There are four county roads connecting the municipality: two to the north and one each to the east and south.


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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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  1. A municipality in Troms, Norway


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