Sande, Møre og Romsdal

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This article is about the municipality in Møre og Romsdal, Norway. For other uses, see Sande.
Sande kommune
View of the Rovdefjorden (Sande is to the left)
View of the Rovdefjorden (Sande is to the left)
Coat of arms of Sande kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Sande kommune
Møre og Romsdal within
Sande within Møre og Romsdal
Sande within Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 62°15′30″N 05°25′53″E / 62.25833°N 5.43139°E / 62.25833; 5.43139Coordinates: 62°15′30″N 05°25′53″E / 62.25833°N 5.43139°E / 62.25833; 5.43139
Country Norway
County Møre og Romsdal
District Sunnmøre
Administrative centre Larsnes
 • Mayor (2007) Dag Vaagen (H)
 • Total 93.13 km2 (35.96 sq mi)
 • Land 90.10 km2 (34.79 sq mi)
 • Water 3.03 km2 (1.17 sq mi)
Area rank 392 in Norway
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,628
 • Rank 293 (out of 428) in Norway
 • Density 29.2/km2 (76/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 1.1 %
Demonym(s) Sandeværing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1514
Official language form Nynorsk
Data from Statistics Norway

Sande is a municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the Sunnmøre region. The administrative centre is the village of Larsnes on the island of Gurskøya. Other villages in Sande include Gursken, Sandshamn, Bringsinghaug, and Voksa.

General information[edit]

Sande was established as a municipality on 1 January 1867 when it was separated from the large Herøy Municipality. The initial population was 2,493. On 1 January 1873, a part of eastern Sande (with 362 residents) was transferred back to Herøy. On 1 January 1889, the Eksund area and the island of Ekø (population: 119) were transferred to Herøy Municipality.

On 1 January 1905, the eastern district of Sande was separated to form the separate municipality of Rovde. This left Sande with 2,221 residents. On 1 January 1964, the northern part of the municipality of Rovde (population: 562) plus three farms in the Gurskedalen valley (population: 25) were merged back with Sande (the southern part of Rovde was merged with Vanylven Municipality). The new Sande municipality had a population of 3,465. On 1 January 2002, the Åram area (population: 380) on the mainland was transferred from Sande to Vanylven Municipality.[2][3]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Sande farm (Old Norse: Sandr), since the first church (Sande Church) was built there. The name is identical with the word sandr which means "sand" or "sandy beach". Before 1892, the name was written Sandø.[4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted in 1987. The arms show a silver line buoy on a blue background. This symbol was chosen since it was historically used by fishermen in ocean and fjords around the island municipality.[5]


The Church of Norway has two parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Sande. It is part of the Søre Sunnmøre deanery in the Diocese of Møre.

Churches in Sande
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Sande Sande Church Sande on Sandsøya 1880
Gursken Gursken Church Gursken 1919
Larsnes Chapel Larsnes 1989


Sande is composed of many islands including Sandsøya, Kvamsøya, Voksa, Riste, and part of Gurskøya (which is shared with neighboring Herøy). The island municipality sits north of the Rovdefjorden and east of the Vanylvsfjorden. The Haugsholmen Lighthouse sits in the southwest part of the municipality.

Famous residents[edit]


  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. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2001). "1511 Vanylven. Population 1 January and population changes during the year. 1951-" (in Norwegian). 
  4. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1908). Norske gaardnavne: Romsdals amt (in Norwegian) (13 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 18. 
  5. ^ "Møre og Romsdal fylke" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-10-19. 

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