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This article is about municipality in Møre og Romsdal, Norway. For other uses, see Eide (disambiguation).
Eide kommune
Coat of arms of Eide kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Eide kommune
Møre og Romsdal within
Eide within Møre og Romsdal
Eide within Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 62°55′41″N 7°22′25″E / 62.92806°N 7.37361°E / 62.92806; 7.37361Coordinates: 62°55′41″N 7°22′25″E / 62.92806°N 7.37361°E / 62.92806; 7.37361
Country Norway
County Møre og Romsdal
District Nordmøre
Administrative centre Eide
 • Mayor (2011) Ole Silseth (H)
 • Total 152.16 km2 (58.75 sq mi)
 • Land 145.75 km2 (56.27 sq mi)
 • Water 6.41 km2 (2.47 sq mi)
Area rank 356 in Norway
Population (2013)
 • Total 3,476
 • Rank 258 in Norway
 • Density 23.8/km2 (62/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 7.4 %
Demonym(s) Eidesokning[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1551
Official language form Bokmål
Website www.eide.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Eide is a municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the region of Nordmøre. It is located on the Romsdal peninsula, along the Kornstadfjorden and the Kvernesfjorden. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Eide. Other villages include Lyngstad, Vevang, and Visnes.

The municipality is known for its traditional and modern limestone (marble) quarries and related crafts industry. The Atlanterhavsveien coastal road connects Eide Municipality to neighboring Averøy Municipality to the east. The municipal border lies at the Storseisundet Bridge on the Atlanterhavsveien road.

General information[edit]

View of the Atlantic Ocean Road
View of the village of Eide
View of the mountain Stortussen

The municipality of Eide was established on 1 January 1897 when it was separated from Kvernes Municipality. The initial population of the municipality was 1,552. On 1 January 1964, the Vevang area (population: 562) was transferred from Kornstad Municipality to Eide Municipality. On 1 January 1983, the uninhabited island of Eldhusøya (now part of the Atlanterhavsveien) was transferred from Eide to Averøy Municipality.[2]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Eide farm (Old Norse: Eið), since the first church (Eide Church) was built there. The name is identical with the word eið which means "isthmus" or "neck of land".[3]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 9 July 1982. The arms show three white whooping swans (Cygnus cygnus), which are very common in the many rich lakes in the area. Each swan has seven feathers, representing the seven main villages in the municipality.[4]

See also: Coat-of-arms of Gjøvik and Høylandet


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Eide. It is part of the Ytre Nordmøre deanery in the Diocese of Møre.

Churches in Eide
Parish (sokn) Name Location Year built
Eide Eide Church Eide 1871
Gaustad Chapel Gaustad, near Vevang 2001


The municipality is located on the northern part of the Romsdal Peninsula, just west of the island of Averøya. Kvitholmen Lighthouse lies just off the northern coast of the municipality, in an area with hundreds of small islands and skerries. Fræna Municipality lies to the west of Eide, Gjemnes Municipality lies to the southeast, and Averøy Municipality lies to the east. The open Norwegian Sea lies to the north.


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  3. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1908). Norske gaardnavne: Romsdals amt (in Norwegian) (13 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 346. 
  4. ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". Retrieved 18 October 2008. 

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