Ferry quay in Halsanaustan
Halsa within Møre og Romsdal
|County||Møre og Romsdal|
|• Mayor (2007)||Ola Rognskog (Sp)|
|• Total||300.53 km2 (116.04 sq mi)|
|• Land||292.29 km2 (112.85 sq mi)|
|• Water||8.24 km2 (3.18 sq mi)|
|Area rank||#279 in Norway|
|• Rank||#347 in Norway|
|• Density||5.5/km2 (14/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-4.3%|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+01:00)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+02:00)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1571|
|Official language form||Neutral|
Halsa is a municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the Nordmøre region. The administrative centre of Halsa is the village of Liabøen. Other villages in the municipality include Halsanaustan, Valsøyfjord, Engan, Hjellnes, and Valsøybotnen.
The 301-square-kilometre (116 sq mi) municipality is the 279th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Halsa is the 347th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,599. The municipality's population density is 5.5 inhabitants per square kilometre (14/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 4.3% over the last decade.
Halsa was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 January 1868, an unpopulated area of Halsa was transferred to Straumsnes. On 1 January 1879, a part of Halsa (population: 279) was transferred to Stangvik. The next year, the Torjulvågen area (population: 240) across the Halsafjorden was transferred to Tingvoll Municipality. On 1 July 1915, part of southern Halsa (population: 114) was transferred to Åsskard Municipality. On 1 January 1965, all of the municipality Valsøyfjord that was located on the mainland (population: 1,104) was merged into Halsa. On 1 January 1976, the district of Aure Municipality south of the Vinjefjorden (population: 158) was transferred to Halsa Municipality.
On 1 January 2020, Halsa will merge with the neighboring municipality of Hemne and the Ytre Snillfjord area in the municipality of Snillfjord. The new municipality will be located in Trøndelag county, which means that as part of the merger Halsa will also leave Møre og Romsdal and move to Trøndelag.
The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Halsa farm (Old Norse: Hǫlsyinjar), since the first church (Halsa Church) was built there. The first element is hals which means "neck" and the last element is the plural form of vin which means "meadow" or "pasture". Here, the word hals is referring to an isthmus (neck of land) between two fjords: Halsafjorden and the Skålvik Fjord. Before 1918, the name was written "Halse".
|Parish (Sokn)||Church Name||Location of the Church||Year Built|
Halsa has numerous fjords in and around the municipality including the Halsafjorden, Vinjefjorden, Arasvikfjorden, the Skålvik Fjord, and Valsøyfjorden. The Valsøy Bridge crosses the Valsøyfjorden. There are ferry connections to Tingvoll Municipality to the west and to Aure Municipality to the north.
All municipalities in Norway, including Halsa, 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.
|Party Name||Name in Norwegian||Number of
|Total number of members:||15|
Halsa is the location where the famous killer whale, Keiko, went when he was set free. Keiko died in December 2003 and was buried there. The people of Halsa have built a memorial cairn over Keiko's body, where people from all over the world are free to visit him. In the first year after his burial, around 5,000 people visited the grave but then fewer and fewer came and in 2007 only around 500 visitors paid him homage. In June 2008, hardly anyone had come to see the grave, so the municipality decided it would not continue keeping the grave in order.
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