Vågsøy

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Vågsøy is a former municipality in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. It was located in the traditional district of Nordfjord. The municipality's administrative center was the town Måløy. Other population centers in Vågsøy included the villages of Bryggja, Deknepollen, Holvika, Kvalheim, Langeneset, Raudeberg, Refvika, Silda, Tennebø, Totland, Vedvika, and Vågsvåg. The municipality included the island of Vågsøy, several small surrounding islands, and part of the mainland.

Vågsøy kommune
View of the town of Måløy
View of the town of Måløy
Official logo of Vågsøy kommune
Sogn og Fjordane within
Norway
Vågsøy within Sogn og Fjordane
Vågsøy within Sogn og Fjordane
Coordinates: 61°55′16″N 05°11′37″E / 61.92111°N 5.19361°E / 61.92111; 5.19361Coordinates: 61°55′16″N 05°11′37″E / 61.92111°N 5.19361°E / 61.92111; 5.19361
CountryNorway
CountySogn og Fjordane
DistrictNordfjord
Established1 Jan 1964
Disestablished1 Jan 2020
Administrative centreMåløy
Government
 • Mayor (2015-2019)Kristin Maurstad (Ap)
Area
 • Total176.70 km2 (68.22 sq mi)
 • Land171.33 km2 (66.15 sq mi)
 • Water5.37 km2 (2.07 sq mi)  3%
Area rank345 in Norway
 *Area at municipal dissolution.
Population
 (2018)
 • Total6,001
 • Rank175 in Norway
 • Density35/km2 (90/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
0.1%
Demonym(s)Vågsøyværing[1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1439
Official language formNynorsk[2]
Preceded bySelje in 1910
Succeeded byKinn and Stad in 2020
Websitevagsoy.kommune.no
Totland Church
The bay Sildegapet
Ulvesundet at Måløy

At the time of its dissolution in 2020, the 177-square-kilometre (68 sq mi) municipality is the 345th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Vågsøy is the 175th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 6,001. The municipality's population density is 35 inhabitants per square kilometre (91/sq mi) and its population has increased by 0.1% over the last decade.[3][4]

The municipality of Vågsøy was the second largest fishing municipality in Norway, and it was home to one of Norway's most modern fish-processing plants.[5]

General informationEdit

Historically, Vågsøy was part of Selje Municipality (see formannskapsdistrikt law). On 1 January 1910, the municipality of Selje was split into three separate municipalities: Nord-Vågsøy (population: 1,111), Sør-Vågsøy (population: 1,517), and Selje (population: 3,367). Nord-Vågsøy included the northern half of the island of Vågsøy and Sør-Vågsøy included the southern part of the island and some of the mainland.[6]

During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, a new municipality of Vågsøy was created by merging the following areas together:

The new municipality had an initial population of 6,962.[6]

On 1 January 2020, Vågsøy Municipality was dissolved. The Bryggja-Totland area in the eastern part of Vågsøy was merged with the neighboring municipalities of Eid and Selje to become the new Stad Municipality. The rest of Vågsøy was merged with the municipality of Flora to the south to create a new (non-contiguous) municipality called Kinn.[7]

NameEdit

The municipality is named after the island of Vågsøy. The Old Norse form of the name was Vágsøy. The first element is the genitive case of vágr which means "bay" and the last element is øy which means "island".[8]

Coat of armsEdit

The coat of arms of Vågsøy is of modern design. The coat of arms was granted on 27 March 1987. The arms show two rudders, used in the one-man boats which have been used for a long time in the village. The rudders are silver and the background is blue.[9]

ChurchesEdit

The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Vågsøy. It is part of the Nordfjord prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Bjørgvin.

Churches in Vågsøy
Parish (sokn) Church name Location of the church Year built
Vågsøy Nord-Vågsøy Church Raudeberg 1960
Sør-Vågsøy Church Måløy 1907
Totland Church Totland 1912

GovernmentEdit

All municipalities in Norway, including Vågsøy, 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.[10] The municipality falls under the Sogn og Fjordane District Court and the Gulating Court of Appeal.

Municipal councilEdit

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Vågsøy was made up of 27 representatives that were elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the final municipal council was as follows:

Vågsøy Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [11]  
Party Name (in Nynorsk) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeidarpartiet)6
 Progress Party (Framstegspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høgre)8
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)1
 Red Party (Raudt)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Liberal Party (Venstre)3
 Cross-party list for Vågsøy (Tverrpolitisk liste for Vågsøy)2
Total number of members:27
Vågsøy Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [12]  
Party Name (in Nynorsk) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeidarpartiet)3
 Progress Party (Framstegspartiet)4
 Conservative Party (Høgre)8
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)4
 Bryggja List (Bryggjalista)1
Total number of members:27
Vågsøy Kommunestyre 2008–2011 [11]  
Party Name (in Nynorsk) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeidarpartiet)6
 Progress Party (Framstegspartiet)4
 Conservative Party (Høgre)3
 Red Electoral Alliance (Raud Valallianse)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)4
 Bryggja List (Bryggjalista)1
Total number of members:27
Vågsøy Kommunestyre 2004–2007 [11]  
Party Name (in Nynorsk) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeidarpartiet)9
 Progress Party (Framstegspartiet)3
 Conservative Party (Høgre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)2
 Red Electoral Alliance (Raud Valallianse)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Liberal Party (Venstre)5
 Bryggja List (Bryggjalista)1
Total number of members:27
Vågsøy Kommunestyre 2000–2003 [11]  
Party Name (in Nynorsk) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeidarpartiet)7
 Progress Party (Framstegspartiet)3
 Conservative Party (Høgre)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)4
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
 Liberal Party (Venstre)13
 Bryggja List (Bryggjalista)2
Total number of members:37
Vågsøy Kommunestyre 1996–1999 [13]  
Party Name (in Nynorsk) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeidarpartiet)6
 Conservative Party (Høgre)8
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)4
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Liberal Party (Venstre)14
 Common list for Bryggja (Samlingsliste for Bryggja)1
Total number of members:37
Vågsøy Kommunestyre 1992–1995 [14]  
Party Name (in Nynorsk) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeidarpartiet)6
 Progress Party (Framstegspartiet)2
 Conservative Party (Høgre)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)5
 Red Electoral Alliance (Raud Valallianse)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Liberal Party (Venstre)4
 Non-political mainland list (Upolitisk fastlandslist)4
 Common list for Bryggja (Samlingsliste for Bryggja)2
 Local list for Holvik and Våge/Oppedal
(Bygdeliste for Holvik og Våge/Oppedal)
2
Total number of members:37
Vågsøy Kommunestyre 1988–1991 [15]  
Party Name (in Nynorsk) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeidarpartiet)6
 Progress Party (Framstegspartiet)1
 Conservative Party (Høgre)10
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)4
 Red Electoral Alliance (Raud Valallianse)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)3
 Non-political mainland list (Upolitisk fastlandslist)4
 Common list for Bryggja (Samlingsliste for Bryggja)2
 Common list for Nord-Vågsøy (Samlingsliste for Nord-Vågsøy)4
Total number of members:37
Vågsøy Kommunestyre 1984–1987 [16]  
Party Name (in Nynorsk) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeidarpartiet)8
 Conservative Party (Høgre)9
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)5
 Red Electoral Alliance (Raud Valallianse)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
 Non-party common list for North Vågsøy
(Upolitisk samlingsliste for Nord-Vågsøy)
5
 Non-party election list for Bryggja
(Upolitisk valliste for Bryggja)
3
 Non-party mainland list (Upolitisk Fastlandsliste)3
Total number of members:37
Vågsøy Kommunestyre 1980–1983 [17]  
Party Name (in Nynorsk) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeidarpartiet)6
 Conservative Party (Høgre)9
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)5
 Liberal People's Party (Liberale Folkepartiet)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)3
 Non-party common list for North Vågsøy
(Upolitisk samlingsliste for Nord-Vågsøy)
4
 Non-party common list for the mainland
(Upolitisk samlingsliste for fastlandet)
3
 Common list for Almenningen and Bryggja
(Samlingsliste for Almenningen og Bryggja)
3
 Vågsvåg, Torskangerpoll, and Oppedal common list
(Vågsvåg, Torskangerpoll og Oppedals fellesliste)
1
Total number of members:37
Vågsøy Kommunestyre 1976–1979 [18]  
Party Name (in Nynorsk) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeidarpartiet)8
 Conservative Party (Høgre)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)8
 New People's Party (Nye Folkepartiet)3
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
 Våge, Torskangerpoll, and Oppedal Common List
(Våge, Torskangerpoll og Oppedals Felleslister)
1
 Common list for the mainland, Almenningen, and Bryggja
(Samlingsliste for Fastlandet, Almenningen og Bryggja)
6
 Non-party Common List for North Vågsøy
(Upolitisk Samlingsliste for Nord-Vågsøy)
3
Total number of members:37
Vågsøy Kommunestyre 1972–1975 [19]  
Party Name (in Nynorsk) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeidarpartiet)8
 Conservative Party (Høgre)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)7
 Liberal Party (Venstre)3
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)16
Total number of members:37
Vågsøy Kommunestyre 1968–1971 [20]  
Party Name (in Nynorsk) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeidarpartiet)10
 Conservative Party (Høgre)4
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)4
 Liberal Party (Venstre)3
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)16
Total number of members:37
Vågsøy Kommunestyre 1964–1967 [21]  
Party Name (in Nynorsk) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeidarpartiet)5
 Conservative Party (Høgre)5
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgarlege Felleslister)4
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)23
Total number of members:37

MayorEdit

The mayor (ordførar) of a municipality in Norway is a representative of the majority party of the municipal council who is elected to lead the council. Kristin Maurstad of the Labour Party was elected mayor for the 2015–2019 term.

In 2007, Vågsøy participated in a trial where the mayor was directly elected. The sitting mayor, Roger B. Silden, received 44.1% of the votes and won the election. His party (the Norwegian Labour Party), however, did poorer than in 2003 and it became the second largest party with only 21.8% of the votes.

GeographyEdit

 
Hendanes
 
Kannestein
 
Kråkenes

Vågsøy is made up of the mainland and islands on the northern and outer shore of the Nordfjorden. The municipality is named after its largest island, Vågsøy. Other populated islands in Vågsøy include Silda, Moldøen, and Husevågøy. The lake Degnepollvatnet is located between the villages of Degnepoll and Tennebø.

The municipalities of Selje (in Sogn og Fjordane county) and Vanylven (in Møre og Romsdal county) border to the north, the municipality of Eid lies to the east, the municipality of Bremanger lies to the south, and the North Sea borders Vågsøy to the west.

AttractionsEdit

MåløyEdit

Måløy attained city status in 1997. It lies along the Ulvesundet strait on the island of Vågsøy, and is joined to the mainland by the 1,224-metre (4,016 ft) long Måløy Bridge, a structure that forms a gateway for all seagoing traffic. The Coastal Steamer (Hurtigruten) has daily departures.[5] The old part of the city lies on the island of Moldøen, from which the city that has expanded onto the mainland and further west to Holvik, has its name.

KannesteinEdit

Over thousands of years, ocean waves have ground the rock to the shape it has today. It is located in the village of Oppedal, approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) west of the center of Måløy. Every year many visitors come to Oppedal to take a closer look at the stone. The Kannestein or Kanne Stone was formed by loose stones and the pounding of the waves over a period of thousands of years, and stands today as a 4 to 5 metres (13 to 16 ft) high, narrow-footed rock. This is caused by stones having split loose, which have knocked and gnawed at the rockface until they have become polished and rounded. Loose stones have then worked themselves deeper into the rock. New stones have come, and in time the potholes have become deeper and wider. Several potholes near to each other have been polished for so long that the sides have been rubbed away, leaving just the middle section, such as the Kanne Stone.[5]

Vågsberget trading postEdit

In 1636, trader Didrik Fester from Bergen came to Vågsberget to open a trading business. There was probably trading activity and an inn before Fester's arrival, and the trading post at Vågsberget has changed hands several times throughout the years. Restoration work is being carried out on Vågsberget,[22] but the café and exhibition is open in summer and guided tours are available. There is also an exhibition featuring old fishing boats and equipment.[5] Vågsberget is now part of the large village of Vågsvåg.

SildaEdit

Silda, the island in Sildagapet bay, is an old fishing community, which in its heyday had a population of 150 who made a living from fishing and farming. Its current winter population is only about 30, while in summer it is host to several hundred people, staying in holiday houses and cabins. The island has a restaurant perched on a rock out in the southern harbor. There are also cabins for rent there. The jetty in Silda's northern harbor was started in the 1860s and completed in the 20th century. With the exception of a few tractors, the island is "car free", but it has cycling and walking tracks, footpaths and walking terrain. A regular boat service runs to and from Måløy several times a day.[5]

LighthousesEdit

Vågsøy municipality has four lighthouses. Three of them are open daily and are available for let for short or long periods.[5]

  • Kråkenes Lighthouse is a working lighthouse and also a weather station that collects important information. Kråkenes lighthouse, which offers views of the ocean at Stadhavet, lies at the most northerly point on the island of Vågsøy and is accessible by road.
  • Skongenes Lighthouse is an automatic lighthouse with no road access. It is a one-hour walk from Langeneset in easy hiking terrain. There are also views towards Stadlandet. Ytre Nordfjord Turlag runs this lighthouse and offers overnight accommodation and day visits.
  • Hendanes Lighthouse is an automatic lighthouse on the west side of the Torskanger inlet. It is located a short walk from the road and offers views of Stadhavet and Klovningen.
  • Ulvesund Lighthouse is a lighthouse located south of Stadlandet, about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) north of Måløy. It was built in 1870, and was manned until 1985 when it was automated.

BeachesEdit

Refviksanden Beach is a 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) long beach. Refvika is approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from Måløy.[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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