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Gjemnes is a municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway on the Romsdal peninsula. It is part of the Nordmøre region. The administrative centre is the village of Batnfjordsøra, which lies along the Batnfjorden and it is a former steamship landing place. Other villages in Gjemnes include Torvikbukt, Flemma, Angvika, Gjemnes, Øre, and Osmarka.

Gjemnes kommune
View of Torvikbukt
View of Torvikbukt
Official logo of Gjemnes kommune
Møre og Romsdal within
Gjemnes within Møre og Romsdal
Gjemnes within Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 62°54′59″N 07°55′09″E / 62.91639°N 7.91917°E / 62.91639; 7.91917Coordinates: 62°54′59″N 07°55′09″E / 62.91639°N 7.91917°E / 62.91639; 7.91917
CountyMøre og Romsdal
Established1 Jan 1893
Administrative centreBatnfjordsøra
 • Mayor (2015)Knut Sjømæling (Sp)
 • Total381.64 km2 (147.35 sq mi)
 • Land371.08 km2 (143.27 sq mi)
 • Water10.56 km2 (4.08 sq mi)  2.8%
Area rank246 in Norway
 • Total2,623
 • Rank285 in Norway
 • Density7.1/km2 (18/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Demonym(s)Gjemnesing [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1557
Official language formNeutral [2]

The 382-square-kilometre (147 sq mi) municipality is the 246th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Gjemnes is the 285th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,623. The municipality's population density is 7.1 inhabitants per square kilometre (18/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 0.5% over the last decade.[3][4]

General informationEdit

The municipality of Gjemnes was established on 1 September 1893 when the southern part of Kvernes Municipality (population: 477), the northern part of Øre Municipality (population: 226), and the southwestern part of Frei Municipality (population: 231) were merged. The initial population of the municipality was 934. During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1965, Øre Municipality (population: 1,565) and all of Tingvoll Municipality located west of the Tingvollfjorden (population: 778) were merged with Gjemnes Municipality (population: 697) to form a new, larger municipality of Gjemnes.[5]


The municipality is named after the old Gjemnes farm (Old Norse: Gímnes), since Gjemnes Church was built there in 1893. The meaning of the first element is probably an old river name (Gíma), the last element is nes which means "headland".[6]

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms was granted on 4 November 1983. The arms show the head of a Red Deer on a green background. The green symbolizes the agricultural history of the community. The deer antlers have twelve points on it representing the twelve districts of Gjemnes.[7]


The Church of Norway has two parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Gjemnes. It is part of the Indre Nordmøre prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Møre.

Churches in Gjemnes
Parish (sokn) Church name Location of the church Year built
Gjemnes Gjemnes Church Gjemnes 1893
Øre Øre Church Øre 1865
Osmarka Chapel Heggem 1910


Storlandet and the mountain Harstadfjellet

The municipality lies along the Kvernesfjorden, Batnfjorden, Freifjorden, and Tingvollfjorden. The mountain Reinsfjellet (highest in the municipality) lies near Torvikbukt. The municipality also includes the island of Bergsøya which is located at the junction of the fjords near the village of Gjemnes.

Gjemnes is surrounded by Kristiansund Municipality and Averøy Municipality to the north; Eide, Fræna, and Molde municipalities to the west; Nesset Municipality to the south; and Tingvoll Municipality to the east.


All municipalities in Norway, including Gjemnes, 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 Gjemnes is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Gjemnes Kommunestyre 2020–2024 [9]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)3
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)1
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)9
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
Total number of members:17
Gjemnes Kommunestyre 2015–2019 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)4
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:17
Gjemnes Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)4
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)4
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:17


European Route E39 runs through the municipality and over the Gjemnessund Bridge and Bergsøysund Bridge connecting Gjemnes to Tingvoll Municipality. The Freifjord Tunnel (part of Norwegian National Road 70) runs from Bergsøya to the nearby island of Frei (and ultimately Kristiansund).


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
  2. ^ "Forskrift om målvedtak i kommunar og fylkeskommunar" (in Norwegian).
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  5. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  6. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1908). Norske gaardnavne: Romsdals amt (in Norwegian) (13 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 354.
  7. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  8. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  9. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2019 - Møre og Romsdal" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  10. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.
  11. ^ "Tall for Norge: Kommunestyrevalg 2011 - Møre og Romsdal" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. Retrieved 2019-10-19.

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