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GLOMFJORD is a village in the municipality of Meløy in Nordland county, Norway
Norway
. The industrial community is located along Norwegian County Road 17 at the head of the Glomfjorden , just north of the Arctic Circle
Arctic Circle
. The 1.13-square-kilometre (280-acre) village has a population (2013) of 1,120. The population density is 991 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,570/sq mi).

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* 1 Heavy industry * 2 Climate * 3 Tourism * 4 References

HEAVY INDUSTRY

The village is based around the Glomfjord
Glomfjord
hydroelectric power plant , which was the target of the 1942 commando raid entitled Operation Musketoon . Norsk Hydro , Norway's greatest industry, established fertilizer production here in 1912 . The facilities were bought by the state in 1918 , but leased to Hydro in 1947 (now the fertilizer division is known as Yara International
Yara International
). Today a conglomerate of industries are found in Glomfjord
Glomfjord
Industry Park. The Forså and Sundsfjord hydroelectric power stations were also built to supply power to industry in Glomfjord
Glomfjord
in 1963.

CLIMATE

Although located north of the Arctic Circle
Arctic Circle
and not far from Norway's second largest glacier Svartisen
Svartisen
, the climate is well suited for living due to the Gulf Stream , albeit rather wet. Average annual rainfall in Glomfjord
Glomfjord
is about 2,069 millimetres (81.5 in), with mean annual temperature 5 °C (41 °F). The temperature is seldom below −10 °C (14 °F) during winter time. During summer time the sun does not set. The midnight sun also makes the plants grow faster.

TOURISM

Glomfjord
Glomfjord
has a hotel, a bistro, a WaterLand (with two slides and two pools), and some beautiful mountains for skiing and snowboarding in the winter. There is touring with fishing, climbing, and other relaxing activities in the mountains during summer. Svartisen
Svartisen
and the lake Storglomvatnet are tourist destinations also.

REFERENCES

* ^ A B C Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2013). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality.". * ^ "Glomfjord" (in Norwegian). yr.no . Retrieved 2012-02-09. * ^ Store norske leksikon: Forså kraftverk. * ^ Store norske leksikon: Sundsfjord kraftverk. * ^ met.no climate statistics

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