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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
Møre og Romsdal within
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
CountyMøre og Romsdal
Established1 Jan 1964
Administrative centreBruhagen
 • Mayor (2015)Ingrid Ovidie Rangønes (Ap)
 • Total175.68 km2 (67.83 sq mi)
 • Land172.87 km2 (66.75 sq mi)
 • Water2.81 km2 (1.08 sq mi)  1.6%
Area rank347 in Norway
 • Total5,859
 • Rank179 in Norway
 • Density33.9/km2 (88/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1554
Official language formNeutral

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 347th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Averøy is the 179th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 5,859. The municipality's population density is 33.9 inhabitants per square kilometre (88/sq mi) and its population has increased by 8.5% over the last decade.[2][3]

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.[4]


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".[5]

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.[6]


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


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).


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.[7] 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 27 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[8]

Averøy Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet9
 Progress PartyFremskrittspartiet4
 Conservative PartyHøyre2
 Christian Democratic PartyKristelig Folkeparti2
 Centre PartySenterpartiet3
 Socialist Left PartySosialistisk Venstreparti1
 Liberal PartyVenstre6
Total number of members:27


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.


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  4. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  5. ^ Thorsnæs, Geir, ed. (2017-08-22). "Averøy". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  6. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  7. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  8. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.

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