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Narvik (Norway)
Basic data
Commune number : 1806
Province  (county) : North country
Administrative headquarters: Narvik
Coordinates : 68 ° 26 '  N , 17 ° 25'  E Coordinates: 68 ° 26 '  N , 17 ° 25'  E
Surface: 3,432.17 km²
Residents: 21,845  (Feb 27, 2020)
Population density : 6 inhabitants per km²
Language form : Bokmål
Mayor : Rune Edvardsen  ( Ap ) (2015)
Location in the province of Nordland
Location of the municipality in the province of Nordland
Climate diagram Narvik

Narvik is a Norwegian city ​​north of the Arctic Circle with 21,845 inhabitants (as of February 27, 2020). Narvik is also the name of a municipality whose main town is the city of Narvik. As part of the municipal reform in Norway , Ballangen and the north-eastern part of Tysfjord were merged with Narvik on January 1, 2020. The population of 18,630 refers to the municipality before the incorporations.

Narvik is located on the Ofotfjord and is an important port for the shipping of iron ore from the Kiruna area , Sweden . Thanks to the Gulf Stream , the port is ice-free all year round. The Gulf Stream is also the reason for the relatively mild climate . Despite the location at 68 ° 25'N, January, the coldest month, is only −4.5 ° C; the annual average temperature is 3.7 ° C. The place arose after the construction of the Ofotbanen , which only enabled a larger use of the ore deposits of Kiruna.


Narvik from Fagernestoppen (1007 m)

In the course of the German company Weserübungen in the spring of 1940, Narvik was attacked by units of the Wehrmacht during World War II , but could only be finally taken by them after the end of the Battle of Narvik in early June 1940. The iron ore from the Swedish Kiruna mine was of strategic importance for the German war industry . The iron ore was shipped from Narvik to the German Reich - mostly to the port of Emden , which was the main transshipment point for ore for the ironworks in the Ruhr area for almost the entire 20th century .

During the time of the German occupation of Norway , the port and city of Narvik remained in German hands.

During the fighting to conquer Narvik in the spring of 1940, the city was largely destroyed by German Heinkel He 111 bombers , but almost completely rebuilt after the war.


The Narvik station is the terminus for the passenger trains of Ofotbanen . The timetable is relatively thin and consists of a maximum of three connections per day between Narvik and Kiruna . There is no direct connection to the rest of the Norwegian rail network.

The bus station in the center is a regional bus hub. In addition to various local buses for the development of the municipality of Narvik, long-distance bus lines lead south to Fauske - Bodø , further north to Nordkjosbotn , Tromsø and Alta , with transfers also to the North Cape and Kirkenes , and on the Lofoten to Svolvær .

Narvik was a Hurtigruten port from 1936 to 1953 .

Halogaland Bridge, April 2018

Narvik Airport was located about two kilometers outside of the city center, but on scheduled connections it was only used by smaller commercial aircraft and was closed on April 1, 2017, as a suspension bridge (Halogaland Bridge) was being built over the Rombaken fjord arm .

The larger Harstad / Narvik Airport in the municipality of Evenes , which was used as a replacement, is about 61 kilometers by road from Narvik.


Narvik is one of the northernmost production sites for solar cells .

sons and daughters of the town

Web links

Commons : Narvik  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Narvik  Travel Guide

Individual evidence

  1. Statistisk sentralbyrå - Befolkning
  2. Navn på nye kommuner. February 19, 2019, accessed January 25, 2020 (Norwegian).
  3. Morten I Jensen: Snart starter denne direkteruta opp: Daglig mellom Trondheim og Evenes. In: Vesterålen Online. March 21, 2017, accessed December 15, 2018 (Norwegian).