Averøy

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Averøy kommune
Municipality
Averoy-Mekknoken-Norway.jpg
Coat of arms of Averøy kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Averøy kommune
Møre og Romsdal within
Norway
Averøy within Møre og Romsdal
Averøy within Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 62°59′50″N 7°33′19″E / 62.99722°N 7.55528°E / 62.99722; 7.55528Coordinates: 62°59′50″N 7°33′19″E / 62.99722°N 7.55528°E / 62.99722; 7.55528
Country Norway
County Møre og Romsdal
District Nordmøre
Administrative centre Bruhagen
Government
 • Mayor (2011) Ann-Kristin Sørvik (Sp)
Area
 • Total 176.00 km2 (67.95 sq mi)
 • Land 173.10 km2 (66.83 sq mi)
 • Water 2.90 km2 (1.12 sq mi)
Area rank 349 in Norway
Population (2013)
 • Total 5,651
 • Rank 179 in Norway
 • Density 32.6/km2 (84/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 3.5 %
Demonym Averøying[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1554
Official language form Neutral
Website www.averoy.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

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.

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.

General information[edit]

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 big municipality. On 1 January 1983, the small island of Eldhusøya (and the small surrounding islands) was transferred from Eide Municipality to Averøy Municipality.[2]

Name[edit]

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".

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were 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.[3]

Churches[edit]

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 1300s
Kornstad Kornstad Church Kornstad 1871
Bremsnes Bremsnes Church Bremsnes 1771
Langøy Chapel Langøy 1935

History[edit]

The municipality of Averøy is full of 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).

Transportation[edit]

Atlantic Ocean Road

The tourist attraction Atlanterhavsveien (Atlantic 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 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  3. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 18 October 2008. 

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