Averøy is a municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the region of Nordmøre. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Bruhagen. Other villages in the municipality include Bremsnes, Kornstad, Kvernes, Kårvåg, Langøy, Sveggen, and Vebenstad.

Averøy kommune
View of Mekknoken in Averøy
View of Mekknoken in Averøy
Official logo of Averøy kommune
Averøy within Møre og Romsdal
Averøy within Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 62°59′50″N 07°33′19″E / 62.99722°N 7.55528°E / 62.99722; 7.55528Coordinates: 62°59′50″N 07°33′19″E / 62.99722°N 7.55528°E / 62.99722; 7.55528
CountryNorway
CountyMøre og Romsdal
DistrictNordmøre
Established1 Jan 1964
 • Preceded byKvernes, Kornstad, and Bremsnes
Administrative centreBruhagen
Government
 • Mayor (2015)Ingrid Ovidie Rangønes (Ap)
Area
 • Total175.68 km2 (67.83 sq mi)
 • Land172.87 km2 (66.75 sq mi)
 • Water2.81 km2 (1.08 sq mi)  1.6%
 • Rank#312 in Norway
Population
 (2020)
 • Total5,788
 • Rank#163 in Norway
 • Density33.5/km2 (87/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Increase +5.7%
DemonymAverøying[1]
Official language
 • Norwegian formNeutral
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1554
WebsiteOfficial website

The municipality includes the main island of Averøya and the many small islands surrounding it. The Kornstadfjorden, Kvernesfjorden, and Bremsnesfjorden surround the municipality on three sides and the open ocean on the fourth side. The Hestskjær Lighthouse and Stavnes Lighthouse are located in the northern part of the municipality.

The 176-square-kilometre (68 sq mi) municipality is the 312th largest by area out of the 356 municipalities in Norway. Averøy is the 163rd most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 5,788. The municipality's population density is 33.5 inhabitants per square kilometre (87/sq mi) and its population has increased by 5.7% over the previous 10-year period.[3][4]

General informationEdit

 
View of northwestern Averøy

The municipality of Averøy was established on 1 January 1964 when the former municipality of Kvernes and most of the municipalities of Kornstad and Bremsnes were merged into one large municipality. On 1 January 1983, the small island of Eldhusøya (and the small surrounding islands) was transferred from Eide Municipality to Averøy Municipality.[5]

NameEdit

The municipality is named after the island Averøya (or Averøy) (Old Norse: Afrøy). The meaning of the first element is unknown (maybe afr which means "great" or "big") and the ending -øya or -øy means "island".[6]

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms was granted on 4 April 1986. The arms show three Stone Age arrowheads in gold on a red background. The arrowheads refer to actual arrowheads, made of slate, which have been found in the municipality. The arrowheads thus symbolize the long time that the area has been inhabited.[7]

ChurchesEdit

The Church of Norway has three parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Averøy. It is part of the Ytre Nordmøre deanery in the Diocese of Møre.

Churches in Averøy
Parish (sokn) Church name Location of the church Year built
Kvernes Kvernes Church Kvernes 1893
Kvernes Stave Church Kvernes 14th century
Kornstad Kornstad Church Kornstad 1871
Bremsnes Bremsnes Church Bremsnes 1771
Langøy Chapel Langøy 1935

HistoryEdit

The municipality of Averøy has many historic landmarks, like the Bremsnes cave with Mesolithic findings from the Fosna culture. Langøysund, now a remote fishing community, was once a bustling port along the main coastal route, and the site of the Compromise of 1040 between King Magnus I and the farmers along the coast. Also, the Medieval Kvernes Stave Church (built around 1300-1350).

GovernmentEdit

All municipalities in Norway, including Averøy, are responsible for primary education (through 10th grade), outpatient health services, senior citizen services, unemployment and other social services, zoning, economic development, and municipal roads. The municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor.[8] The municipality falls under the Nordmøre District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal councilEdit

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Averøy is made up of 23 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Averøy Kommunestyre 2020–2023 [9]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)12
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)3
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:23
Averøy Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)4
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)6
Total number of members:27
Averøy Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)5
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)4
Total number of members:27
Averøy Kommunestyre 2008–2011 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)6
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)6
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)7
Total number of members:27
Averøy Kommunestyre 2004–2007 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)3
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:27
Averøy Kommunestyre 2000–2003 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)12
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)3
 Conservative Party (Høyre)4
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)4
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)8
 Liberal Party (Venstre)4
Total number of members:35
Averøy Kommunestyre 1996–1999 [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)9
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)3
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)12
Total number of members:35
Averøy Kommunestyre 1992–1995 [13]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)10
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)4
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)8
Total number of members:35
Averøy Kommunestyre 1988–1991 [14]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)12
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)5
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Liberal Party (Venstre)9
Total number of members:35
Averøy Kommunestyre 1984–1987 [15]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)13
 Conservative Party (Høyre)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)5
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Liberal Party (Venstre)6
Total number of members:35
Averøy Kommunestyre 1980–1983 [16]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)12
 Conservative Party (Høyre)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)5
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Liberal Party (Venstre)5
 Non-party list (Upolitisk liste)2
Total number of members:35
Averøy Kommunestyre 1976–1979 [17]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)13
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)5
 New People's Party (Nye Folkepartiet)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)11
 Liberal Party (Venstre)4
Total number of members:35
Averøy Kommunestyre 1972–1975 [18]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)12
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)6
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)8
 Liberal Party (Venstre)6
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)2
Total number of members:35
Averøy Kommunestyre 1968–1971 [19]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)14
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)6
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Liberal Party (Venstre)6
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)1
Total number of members:35
Averøy Kommunestyre 1964–1967 [20]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)14
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)7
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Liberal Party (Venstre)5
Total number of members:35

MayorEdit

The mayors of Averøy (incomplete list):

  • 2015-present: Ingrid Ovidie Rangønes (Ap)
  • 2011-2015: Ann-Kristin Sørvik (Sp)
  • 2007-2011: Jarle Haga (V)
  • 2003-2007: Kjell Magne Sandø (Ap)
  • 1997-2003: John Harry Kvalshaug (Sp)
  • 1986-1997: Leif Helge Kongshaug (V)
  • 1984-1985: Eilif Aae (Sp)
  • 1979-1983: Jarle Haga (V)

TransportationEdit

 
Atlantic Ocean Road

The tourist attraction Atlanterhavsveien (Atlantic Ocean Road) connects the island and municipality of Averøy to the neighboring Eide Municipality, which is on the mainland to the west. The Storseisundet Bridge crosses the municipal boundary. In 2005, it was awarded the "Building of the Century" prize by the Norwegian Construction Industry. On the other side of the island near the village of Sveggen, Averøy is connected to Kristiansund Municipality via the undersea tunnel. This tunnel, known as Atlanterhavstunnelen (Atlantic Tunnel), was completed in December 2009, replacing the ferry from Bremsnes on Averøya to the city of Kristiansund.

Notable peopleEdit

  • Erling Kristvik (1882 in Kornstad – 1969) a Norwegian educationalist
  • Aud Inger Aure (born 1942 in Averøy) a Norwegian politician and Mayor of Kristiansund
  • Gunnar Kjønnøy (born 1947 in Averøy) an economist and County Governor of Finnmark, 1998 to 2016
  • Leif Helge Kongshaug (born 1949 in Averøy) a Norwegian politician, Mayor of Averøy, 1986 to 1997
  • Magne Hoseth (born 1980 in Averøy) a coach and former footballer with 423 club caps and 22 for Norway

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

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