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Ørskog kommune
View of Sjøholt
View of Sjøholt
Official logo of Ørskog kommune
Møre og Romsdal within
Ørskog within Møre og Romsdal
Ørskog within Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 62°28′44″N 06°53′07″E / 62.47889°N 6.88528°E / 62.47889; 6.88528Coordinates: 62°28′44″N 06°53′07″E / 62.47889°N 6.88528°E / 62.47889; 6.88528
CountyMøre og Romsdal
Administrative centreSjøholt
 • Mayor (2015)Knut Helge Harstad (H)
 • Total132.36 km2 (51.10 sq mi)
 • Land128.91 km2 (49.77 sq mi)
 • Water3.45 km2 (1.33 sq mi)
Area rank#363 in Norway
 • Total2,296
 • Rank#307 in Norway
 • Density17.8/km2 (46/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1523
Official language formNynorsk

Ørskog is a municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the Sunnmøre region. The administrative centre is the village of Sjøholt. The other main village is Vaksvika, about 7.5 kilometres (4.7 mi) south of Sjøholt. The European Route E39/E136 highway runs through the municipality, connecting the towns of Ålesund and Molde. Rauma Group is the largest company in Ørskog in terms of turnover.

The 132-square-kilometre (51 sq mi) municipality is the 363rd largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Ørskog is the 307th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,296. The municipality's population density is 17.8 inhabitants per square kilometre (46/sq mi) and its population has increased by 10% over the last decade.[2]

General information[edit]

Ørskog was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 August 1883, the southwestern district of Ørskog (most of Ørskog on the southwestern side of the Storfjorden except for the Søvik and Ramstaddalen areas) was separated to form the new Søkelven Municipality. This left Ørskog with 1,735 inhabitants. On 1 June 1955, the Søvik and Ramstaddalen areas of Ørskog (south of the Storfjorden) were administratively transferred to Sykkylven Municipality. On 1 January 1965, Skodje Municipality (to the west) and Stordal Municipality (to the south) were merged into Ørskog to form a new, large Ørskog Municipality. This merger was not long-lived. On 1 January 1977, the three municipalities were separated again.[3]

On 1 January 2020, the municipality of Ørskog is scheduled to be merged with Haram Municipality, Skodje Municipality, Sandøy Municipality, and Ålesund Municipality to form one large municipality of Ålesund.[4]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Ørskog farm (Old Norse: Øyraskógr), since the first church (Ørskog Church) was built there. The first element is the plural genitive case of øyrr which means "shoal" and the last element is skógr which means "wood" or "forest".[5]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 11 November 1983. The arms show a gold-colored wooden pole in the center with black and white ermine on each side of the pole. This was chosen as a symbol for forestry and fur farming. In the 17th century, the municipality exported many tall trees to the Dutch Republic, where they were used for shipbuilding. The ermine is a canting for the many animals in the forests.[6]


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Ørskog. It is part of the Austre Sunnmøre deanery in the Diocese of Møre.

Churches in Ørskog
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Ørskog Ørskog Church Sjøholt 1873


The municipality lies on the north shore of the Storfjorden, and it is bordered by Skodje Municipality to the west, Vestnes Municipality to the north and east, and Stordal Municipality to the south. Most of the population lives along the shore or in the small valleys that stretch inland from the fjord. The eastern part of the municipality is mountainous.


All municipalities in Norway, including Ørskog, 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.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Ørskog is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[7]

Ørskog Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet4
 Progress PartyFramstegspartiet4
 Conservative PartyHøgre3
 Centre PartySenterpartiet2
 Local ListsLokale lister4
Total number of members:17


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2017). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  4. ^ "Nye Ålesund" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  5. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1908). Norske gaardnavne: Romsdals amt (in Norwegian) (13 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 152.
  6. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 19 October 2008.
  7. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015.

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