|Møre og Romsdal|
|County||Møre og Romsdal|
|Created as||Formannskapsdistrikt in 1838|
|Merged into||Molde and Rauma in 1964|
Veøy is a former municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The municipality existed from 1838 until 1964. It initially consisted of all of the present-day Vestnes Municipality, as well as the southern part of Molde Municipality and the northern part of Rauma Municipality. Vestnes Municipality was only part of Veøy for a few months in 1838 before it was made into a separate municipality. In 1964, the municipality was split between Molde and Rauma municipalities. Veøy Municipality was named after the island of Veøya, where the main church for the municipality (Old Veøy Church) was located.
The island and municipality was named Veøy (Old Norse: Véøy). It was the religious center of the Romsdal region and the name is a compound of vé which means "sanctuary" and øy which means "island", thus a holy island. The name was historically spelled Veø.
The parish of Veøy was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The western district of Veøy was separated in the fall of 1838 to become Vestnes Municipality. On 1 January 1964, the islands of Sekken and Veøya as well as the Nesjestranda district on the mainland north of the Langfjorden (with a total population of 756) were incorporated into the newly enlarged Molde Municipality. The remainder of Veøy on the south side of the Langfjorden and the Vågstranda area (population: 1,400) were merged with the small municipalities of Eid, Grytten, Hen, and Voll to form the new Rauma Municipality.
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- Rygh, Oluf (1908). Norske gaardnavne: Romsdals amt (in Norwegian) (13 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 244.
- Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.