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Gjemnes kommune
View of Torvikbukt
View of Torvikbukt
Coat of arms of Gjemnes kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Gjemnes kommune
Møre og Romsdal within
Gjemnes within Møre og Romsdal
Gjemnes within Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 62°54′59″N 07°55′09″E / 62.91639°N 7.91917°E / 62.91639; 7.91917Coordinates: 62°54′59″N 07°55′09″E / 62.91639°N 7.91917°E / 62.91639; 7.91917
Country Norway
County Møre og Romsdal
District Nordmøre
Administrative centre Batnfjordsøra
 • Mayor (2015) Knut Sjømæling (Sp)
 • Total 381.63 km2 (147.35 sq mi)
 • Land 371.07 km2 (143.27 sq mi)
 • Water 10.56 km2 (4.08 sq mi)
Area rank #246 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total 2,611
 • Rank #287 in Norway
 • Density 7.0/km2 (18/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -1.4%
Demonym(s) Gjemnesing[1]
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 code NO-1557
Official language form Neutral
Website www.gjemnes.kommune.no

Gjemnes is a municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway on the Romsdal peninsula. It is part of the Nordmøre region. The administrative centre is the village of Batnfjordsøra, which lies along the Batnfjorden and it is a former steamship landing place. Other villages in Gjemnes include Torvikbukt, Flemma, Angvika, Gjemnes, Øre, and Osmarka.

The 382-square-kilometre (147 sq mi) municipality is the 246th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Gjemnes is the 287th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,611. The municipality's population density is 7 inhabitants per square kilometre (18/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 1.4% over the last decade.[2]

General information[edit]

The municipality of Gjemnes was established on 1 September 1893 when parts of the municipalities of Kvernes, Øre, and Frei were merged. The initial population of the municipality was 934. On 1 January 1965, Øre Municipality (population: 1,565) and all of Tingvoll Municipality west of the Tingvollfjorden (population: 778) were merged with Gjemnes (population: 697) to form a new, larger municipality of Gjemnes.[3]


The municipality is named after the old Gjemnes farm (Old Norse: *Gímnes), since Gjemnes Church was built there in 1893. The meaning of the first element is probably an old river name (*Gíma), the last element is nes which means "headland".[4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 4 November 1983. The arms show the head of a Red Deer on a green background. The green symbolizes the agricultural history of the community. The deer antlers have twelve points on it representing the twelve districts of Gjemnes.[5]

See also: the coats-of-arms of Hitra, Hjartdal, and Voss.


The Church of Norway has two parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Gjemnes. It is part of the Indre Nordmøre deanery in the Diocese of Møre.

Churches in Gjemnes
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Gjemnes Gjemnes Church Gjemnes 1893
Øre Øre Church Øre 1865
Osmarka Chapel Heggem 1910


Storlandet and the mountain Harstadfjellet

The municipality lies along the Kvernesfjorden, Batnfjorden, Freifjorden, and Tingvollfjorden. The mountain Reinsfjellet (highest in the municipality) lies near Torvikbukt. The municipality also includes the island of Bergsøya which is located at the junction of the fjords near the village of Gjemnes.

Gjemnes is surrounded by Kristiansund Municipality and Averøy Municipality to the north; Eide, Fræna, and Molde municipalities to the west; Nesset Municipality to the south; and Tingvoll Municipality to the east.


All municipalities in Norway, including Gjemnes, 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 Gjemnes is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[6]

Gjemnes Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet4
 Progress PartyFremskrittspartiet2
 Conservative PartyHøyre3
 Christian Democratic PartyKristelig Folkeparti1
 Centre PartySenterpartiet5
 Socialist Left PartySosialistisk Venstreparti1
 Liberal PartyVenstre1
Total number of members:17


European Route E39 runs through the municipality and over the Gjemnessund Bridge and Bergsøysund Bridge connecting Gjemnes to Tingvoll Municipality. The Freifjord Tunnel (part of Norwegian National Road 70) runs from Bergsøya to the nearby island of Frei (and ultimately Kristiansund).


  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 2017-10-14. 
  3. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå. 
  4. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1908). Norske gaardnavne: Romsdals amt (in Norwegian) (13 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 354. 
  5. ^ "Familiens våpen" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  6. ^ "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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