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Austrheim kommune
View of the Mongstad area
View of the Mongstad area
Coat of arms of Austrheim kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Austrheim kommune
Hordaland within
Austrheim within Hordaland
Austrheim within Hordaland
Coordinates: 60°46′16″N 04°55′34″E / 60.77111°N 4.92611°E / 60.77111; 4.92611Coordinates: 60°46′16″N 04°55′34″E / 60.77111°N 4.92611°E / 60.77111; 4.92611
Administrative centreÅrås
 • Mayor (2011)Per Lerøy (Ap)
 • Total57.55 km2 (22.22 sq mi)
 • Land56.82 km2 (21.94 sq mi)
 • Water0.73 km2 (0.28 sq mi)
Area rank411 in Norway
 • Total2,884
 • Rank273 in Norway
 • Density50.8/km2 (132/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1264
Official language formNynorsk

Austrheim is a municipality in the Nordhordland region of Hordaland county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Årås. Other villages in the municipality include Austrheim and Kaland. The Mongstad industrial area lies along the border of Austrheim and neighboring Lindås municipality. The westernmost point of mainland Norway lies in the municipality at Vardetangen.

In 2016 the chief of police formally suggested that the police station in Austrheim og Fedje, be closed down.[2]

The 58-square-kilometre (22 sq mi) municipality is the 411th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Austrheim is the 273rd most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,884. The municipality's population density is 50.8 inhabitants per square kilometre (132/sq mi) and its population has increased by 14.4% over the last decade.[3]

General information[edit]

View of a small fishing village area in Austrheim
View of Vardetangen

Historically, Austrheim was a part of the large municipality of Lindås. On 1 January 1910, the northwestern district of Lindås (population: 2,518) was separated from Lindås to form the new municipality of Austrheim. On 1 January 1947, all of the islands located west of the Fedjefjorden (population: 920) were separated to form the new municipality of Fedje. On 1 January 1964, the Straume area on the island of Radøy (population: 56) was transferred from Austrheim to the new municipality of Radøy.[4]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Austrheim farm (Old Norse: Austrheimr), since the first church (Austrheim Church) was built there. The first element is austr which means "east" and the last element is heimr which means "homestead" or "farm". Until 1889, the name was written Østereim. After that the spelling was Austreim, and most recently it is spelled Austrheim.[5]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times; they were granted on 17 February 1989. It shows three silver bows (as in the shape of a rainbow) on a blue background. The three bows represent the many bridges in the island municipality.[6]


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

Churches in Austrheim
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Austrheim Austrheim Church Austrheim 1865


All municipalities in Norway, including Austrheim, 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 Austrheim is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[7]

Austrheim Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet8
 Conservative PartyHøgre4
 Christian Democratic PartyKristelig Folkeparti2
 Centre PartySenterpartiet1
 Liberal PartyVenstre2
Total number of members:17


The Mongstad industrial complex lies on the border of Austrheim and Lindås. It is the largest oil port and refinery in Norway, is responsible for about 70% of all wet bulk. Many residents of Austrheim work at the facility.

Historical population
Source: Statistics Norway.


Austrheim is an island municipality in the Nordhordland region of Hordaland county. It is located south of the Fensfjorden, east of the Fedjefjorden, north of the island of Radøy, and west of the Lindås peninsula. The municipality includes the far northwestern tip of the peninsula as well as many islands. The largest island (by far) is the island of Fosnøyna, where the municipal centre is located.

Gulen municipality is located to the north (across the fjord), Fedje municipality is located on islands to the west, Radøy municipality lies on an island to the southwest, and Lindås municipality lies to the southeast.

Famous people[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
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  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2017). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  4. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  5. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1919). Norske gaardnavne: Nordre Bergenhus amt (in Norwegian) (12 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. pp. 420, 423.
  6. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  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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