The municipality is on the higher course of the basin of the Deatnu river/Tana, and its Anarjohka affluents ( Inarijoki ) and Karasjohka, and includes important parts of the plate of the Finnmarksvidda. In these septentionnaux borders of the Norway, the climate is more continental. Karasjok recorded the coldest temperature of Norway: -51,4C on January 1st 1886. This record was however approximate at the time of a cold wave in January 1999, with -51.2C, and a semi-official -52C.
With Karigasniemi an official border with the Finland is, and the European Route E6 passes there in its way of Lakselv to Tana. The airport nearest is Lakselv.
80% of the population speak Same which with the Norwegian has an equal statute in the commune.
The majority of the inhabitants live in the locality of Karasjok village, which is in addition the seat of the Samediggi, the Parliament Saami (Lappish) in Norway, as well as the arts center of this community.
Local curiositiesThe centers of interest of the city include/understand the Parlement sáme of Norway: the Sámediggi , as well as the museum Same and the church, going back to 1807. Samediggi was inaugurated in 1989 by the King Olav V, and the first president was Ole Henrik Magga, of Kautokeino (He was president during more than eight years). The church of Karasjok is the oldest church Luthérien of the Finnmark, and the only construction which escaped the destruction from the city during the war. It is however too small, and a more recent church of wood, inspired by Same architecture, was built. Karasjok is also a place of production of Duoddji, the Same craft industry.
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