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Vardo

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is a municipality in Finnmark county in the extreme northeastern part of Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Vardø. The other main settlement in Vardø is the village of Kiberg.The 601km2 municipality is the 185th largest by area out of the 426 municipalities in Norway. Vardø is the 326th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,104. The municipality's population density is and its population has decreased by 8% over the last decade.General informationThe town of Vardø and the rural district around it was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 . The law required that all towns should be separated from their rural districts, but because of a low population and very few voters, this was impossible to carry out for Vardø in 1838. The rural district of Vardø was officially separated from the town of Vardø in 1868. Then on 1 January 1964, the eastern part of Båtsfjord was merged with the town of Vardø to create today's Vardø Municipality.NameThe Old Norse form of the name was Vargøy. The first element is vargr which means "wolf" and the last element is øy which means "island". The first element was later replaced (around 1500) with varða which means "cairn". Historically, the name was spelled Vardöe.
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