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Karasjok

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Karasjok or Kárášjohka or Kaarasjoki is a municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Karasjok. Other villages include Dorvonjárga, Šuoššjávri, and Váljohka.The 5453km2 municipality is the 2nd largest by area out of the 426 municipalities in Norway. Karasjok is the 286th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,696. The municipality's population density is and its population has decreased by 6.2% over the last decade.General informationThe municipality of Karasjok was established on 1 January 1866 when it was separated from the old Kistrand municipality. Initially, the population of Karasjok was 515. The municipal borders have not changed since that time.NameKarasjok is a Norwegianized form of the Northern Sami language name Kárášjohka. The meaning of the first element could be káráš from Northern Sami which could mean "food plate of wood", or from Finnish, kara, "something that sticks". The last element is johka which means "river". as do Finnish word joki too.The name of the municipality was Karasjok until 1990 when it was changed to Kárášjohka-Karasjok. It was the third municipality in Norway to get a Sami name. In 2005, the name was again changed, such that either Kárášjohka or Karasjok can be used.
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