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Kautokeino

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or '' is a municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino. Other villages include Láhpoluoppal and Máze.The 9707km2 municipality is the largest by area out of the 426 municipalities in Norway. Kautokeino is the 272nd most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,938. The municipality's population density is and its population has decreased by 0.9% over the last decade.Guovdageaidnu-Kautokeino is one of two cultural centers of Northern Sápmi today . The most significant industries are reindeer herding, theatre/movie industry, and the public education system.General informationThe municipality of Kautokeino was established in 1851 when the southern part of the old Kistrand municipality was separated to form this new municipality. Initially, there were 869 residents in the new municipality.NameThe first element in Guovdageaidnu is guovda which means "middle" or "half" and the last element is geaidnu which means "road". Combined it means "half way", since the location is half way between two traditional migrating points. It is also the geographic centre of Northern Sápmi. Kautokeino is a Finnicized form of the Sámi name Guovdageaidnu, and it is also used by Norwegians.
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