Malangen herred — Former Municipality — Coordinates: Coordinates: Country Norway County Troms District Nord-Norge Municipality ID NO-1932 Adm. Center Malangen Area - Total 372 km2 (143.6 sq mi) Created from Balsfjord and Lenvik in 1871 Merged into Balsfjord, Tromsø, and Målselv in 1964
Malangen (Northern Sami: Málatvuotna or Kven: Malankivuono) is a fjord and a former municipality in Troms county in Norway. The fjord is located between the islands of Kvaløya and Senja and the area today is divided between the municipalities of Balsfjord, Lenvik, Tromsø, and Målselv. Malangen is a beautiful place, and very nice to watch over the sea during sunny days in the middle of summer.
The name Malangen is probably derived from the Old Norse word mál which means "bag" and it may refer to the baggy shape of the fjord. The same word mál is probably also the origin of the name of the Målselva, the big river that enters the fjord from the Målselvdalen and Bardu valleys. The second element of the name angr which means "inlet" or "fjord".
The municipality of Malangen was established on 1 January 1871 when it was separated from Balsfjord. The initial population was 1,425. Also on that date, a small area of Lenvik (population: 70) was transferred to the new municipality of Malangen. On 1 January 1873, an area of northern Malangen (population: 287) was transferred to Tromsøysund municipality. In 1891, a small part of Målsnes in Målselv (population: 30) was transferred to Malangen. On 1 January 1964, the municipality of Malangen ceased to exist. The Naveren and Målsnes areas (population: 118) were transferred to neighboring Målselv. The remaining areas of Malangen (population: 1,940) were transferred back into Balsfjord. 
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