Karasjok is a municipality in Norway, in Finnmark County. The administrative area of the municipality is the town of Karasjok. Some of the neighboring villages include Valjohka, Suossjavri, and Dorvonjarga.

Basic Information 

Karasjok is a municipality that was founded on January 1st, 1866. It was divided from the old municipality of Kistrand. At first, the population of Karasjok was just over 500. The municipal borders actually haven’t changed that much from that time. 

Karasjok is a good place to experience Sami culture. The indigenous Sami people have a lot of cultural institutions, economic sites, and political centers in Karasjok. If you are a tourist in Norway looking to better understand Sami culture, then Karasjok is a great place to start your journey into understanding these unique people and their culture. The Sami people are traditionally known as Laplanders or Lapps. 


Karasjok is a Norwegian form of the Northern Sami language referred to as Karasjohka. No one knows the meaning of the first element, but the last element called johka means “river”. 

The municipality was called Karasjok until 1990 when it was officially changed to Karasjohka-Karasjok. This was the 3rd municipality in Norway that was given a Sami name. The name was changed once again in 2005, and now either Karasjok or Karasjohka can be used interchangeably. 


The Church of Norway has a single parish within the Karasjok municipality. In Karasjok, there is the Karasjok Church, Old Karasjok Church, Suosjavrre Chapel, and Valjok Church. 


The majority of people live in the town of Karsjok. The town is the seat of the Sami Parliament of Norway, and it is also where Sami Broadcasting is based. There are a number of Sami institutions (both private and public) that are based here. More than 805 of the population speaks Sami, and Norwegians and Sami are equally represented and given equal status in the municipality. 


The attractions in Karasjok include Samediggi, which is the Sami parliament, the Sami museum, as well as the Old Karasjok Church. The church was built in 1807. The Sami parliament was opened up in 1989. The Old Karasjok Church is the oldest Lutheran church in Finnmark County, and it is the only building that that survived the Second World War. The church is too tiny today, so a new, bigger, wooden Karasjok Church was built, inspired by Sami architecture. Karasjok is also a good place to look for duodji, which is Sami handicraft. 

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