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This article is about the municipality in Finnmark, Norway. For the village or island in this municipality, see Måsøya.
Måsøy kommune
Muosátsullo gielda
Moseijan komuuni
Havøysund winter.jpg
Coat of arms of Måsøy kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Måsøy kommune
Finnmark within
Måsøy within Finnmark
Måsøy within Finnmark
Coordinates: 70°59′48″N 24°39′41″E / 70.99667°N 24.66139°E / 70.99667; 24.66139Coordinates: 70°59′48″N 24°39′41″E / 70.99667°N 24.66139°E / 70.99667; 24.66139
Country Norway
County Finnmark
District Vest-Finnmark
Administrative centre Havøysund
 • Mayor (2011) Anne Karin Olli (H)
 • Total 1,134.42 km2 (438.00 sq mi)
 • Land 1,066.56 km2 (411.80 sq mi)
 • Water 67.86 km2 (26.20 sq mi)
Area rank 88 in Norway
Population (2014)
 • Total 1,241 (Increase from last year)
 • Rank 383 in Norway
 • Density 1.09/km2 (2.8/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -11.3 %
Demonym Måsøying[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-2018
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.masoy.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Måsøy (Northern Sami: Muosát; Kven: Moseija) is a municipality in Finnmark county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Havøysund. Other villages include Ingøy, Måsøy, Slåtten, and Gunnarnes. The municipality is located on the mainland as well as several islands.

The municipality includes the Fruholmen Lighthouse, the northernmost lighthouse in Norway as well as the Havøysund Bridge, the northernmost bridge in the world. The tallest tower in Scandinavia, the 362-meter (1,188 ft) tall Ingøy radio transmitter is located on Ingøya island.

The Hurtigruten coastal express boat stops at the village of Havøysund daily. There is also a road connection to Måsøy, albeit often blocked by snow in the winter. Norwegian County Road 889 connects the mainland to Havøysund.

General information[edit]

Map of present-day Måsøy
View of the village of Måsøy

The town of Hammerfest and the vast surrounding rural district of Hammerfest was established as the municipality of Hammerfest by og landdistrikt on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Soon after, the northern district (population: 498) was separated to become the new municipality of Maasøe, named after the village on the island of Måsøya where the local church is located. The spelling was later changed to Måsøy.

On 1 January 1963, a small area of southern Måsøy, north of Kokelv, (population: 34) was transferred to neighboring Kvalsund Municipality. The western part of the island of Magerøya (population: 240) was transferred from Måsøy to the neighboring Nordkapp Municipality on 1 January 1984.[2]


The first element is måse which means "seagull" and the last element is øy which means "island". Previously, the village of Måsøy was the administratice centre since the main Måsøy Church was located there, hence it became the name of the municipality. Prior to 1918, the name was written Maasøe or Maasø.[3]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 7 September 1984. The arms show a golden-yellow fishing gaff on a red background. These fishing gaffs have been used for many centuries in the municipality to haul large fish into the boat. The device is made of a large piece of wood with a bone or metal hook. The tool was chosen as a symbol for the importance of fishing to the municipality.[4]


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Måsøy. It is part of the Hammerfest deanery in the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland.

Churches in Måsøy
Parish (sokn) Church name Location Year built
Måsøy Gunnarnes Chapel Rolvsøya 1986
Havøysund Church Havøysund 1961
Ingøy Church Ingøy 1957
Måsøy Church Måsøya 1953
Slotten Chapel Slåtten 1965


View of Ingøya

The municipality is located on the northern coast of western Finnmark, comprising parts of the mainland (located on the Porsanger Peninsula) and many islands of various sizes. The main islands include Måsøya, Hjelmsøya, Havøya, Ingøya, and Rolvsøya. Most people live in the village of Havøysund, but there are also small hamlets spread around the islands and in the fjord areas, notably Snefjord, Ingøy, Gunnarnes, and Måsøy. The large lake Havvatnet lies in the southern part of the municipality.


Lying in the northwest part of the county, Måsøy has a selection of habitats and a varied birdlife. Once again, some of the county's largest seabird colonies can be found in the municipality with the island of Hjelmsøya being one of the more interesting. White-tailed eagles can be seen as well as both Arctic skuas and great skuas.


  1. ^ "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. 
  2. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1924). Norske gaardnavne: Finmarkens amt (in Norwegian) (18 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. pp. 150–151. 
  4. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 2008-12-11. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Måsøy at Wikimedia Commons