Sula, Møre og Romsdal

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Sula kommune
View of Langevåg (looking towards Ålesund)
View of Langevåg (looking towards Ålesund)
Coat of arms of Sula kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Sula kommune
Møre og Romsdal within
Sula within Møre og Romsdal
Sula within Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 62°25′29″N 06°12′22″E / 62.42472°N 6.20611°E / 62.42472; 6.20611Coordinates: 62°25′29″N 06°12′22″E / 62.42472°N 6.20611°E / 62.42472; 6.20611
CountyMøre og Romsdal
Established1 Jan 1977
Administrative centreLangevåg
 • Mayor (2015)Jim Arve Røssevoll (Ap)
 • Total58.50 km2 (22.59 sq mi)
 • Land57.05 km2 (22.03 sq mi)
 • Water1.45 km2 (0.56 sq mi)  2.5%
Area rank409 in Norway
 • Total9,131
 • Rank124 in Norway
 • Density160.1/km2 (415/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1531
Official language formNynorsk

About this soundSula  is a municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the Sunnmøre district. The administrative centre is the village of Langevåg. Other villages include Solevåg, Fiskarstrand, Veibust, Leirvågen, and Mauseidvågen. Sula is one of the most densely populated municipalities in Møre og Romsdal county, and it is part of the Ålesund Region since it is just south of the city of Ålesund. The municipality encompasses the island of Sula and the many small surrounding islets.[2]

The 59-square-kilometre (23 sq mi) municipality is the 409th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Sula is the 124th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 9,131. The municipality's population density is 160.1 inhabitants per square kilometre (415/sq mi) and its population has increased by 19.7% over the last decade.[3][4]

General information[edit]

View of the village of Sunde

Originally, most of the island of Sula was part of the old Borgund Municipality and the small southwestern part of the island was part of Ulstein Municipality (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 July 1958, the southwestern part of Sula island was transferred to Borgund Municipality. In 1968, Borgund Municipality (including all of the island of Sula) was merged with the town of Ålesund to form the large Ålesund Municipality. On 1 January 1977, the entire island of Sula and the many small islets around it were separated from Ålesund Municipality to become a separate municipality. The initial population of the new Sula Municipality was 6,302.[5]


The municipality is named after the island of Sula. The name is probably identical with the word sula which means "cleft", probably referring to the cleft between the twin peaks of Rundehornet and Vardane.[2]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on 16 December 1983. The arms show a silver and blue figure which represents the cleft of the island.[6][7]


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Sula. It is part of the Nordre Sunnmøre prosti (deanery) in the Diocese of Møre.

Churches in Sula
Parish (sokn) Church name Location of the church Year built
Sula Langevåg Church Langevåg 1948
Indre Sula Church Mauseidvåg 1984


Sula Municipality includes one main island and many small surrounding islets. It is bordered by the Sulafjorden strait to the west, the Storfjorden to the south, the Hessafjorden and Borgundfjorden to the north, and the narrow Vegsundet strait to the east. The only road access to the island is the European route E39 highway bridge over the Vegsundet.

The natural environment is typically coastal with a sparse forest. The landscape is mostly rocky with heather covering the ground. The highest elevation is the 776-metre (2,546 ft) tall mountain Vardane. Its neighbouring municipalities are all separated from it by sea; Hareid Municipality to the west, Ørsta Municipality to the south, Giske Municipality to the northwest, and Ålesund Municipality to the north and east.


All municipalities in Norway, including Sula, 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.[8] The municipality falls under the Sunnmøre District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Sula is made up of 29 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[9]

Sula Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet6
 Progress PartyFramstegspartiet8
 Conservative PartyHøgre5
 Christian Democratic PartyKristelig Folkeparti4
 Green PartyMiljøpartiet Dei Grøne1
 Liberal PartyVenstre1
 Local ListsLokale lister4
Total number of members:29


Sula is noted for strong traditions in the field of music. Nils Petter Molvær grew up in Langevåg. Also, the community harbours a strong maritime heritage. The influence of neighbouring city of Ålesund is strong; many live in Sula while working in Ålesund, which is a short ferry ride or a longer car ride away.


Manufacturing and production is the most important economical sector. Shipyards, fish processing, textile manufacturing, and furniture production are especially vital. The most famous clothing brand from Sula is Devold of Norway, with high quality woolen sweaters and underwear.


View of the Solevågen ferry quay

Transportation in the municipality includes the European route E39 highway and several minor highways. The E39 highway enters Sula from the north (Ålesund Municipality) and it crosses the bridge at Vegsundet and continues west and then south to the Solevågen ferry quay where there are regular ferry routes to Festøya in Ørsta Municipality, across the Storfjorden. Also, there is a ferry connection in southwestern Sula Municipality. This ferry has regular routes across the Sulafjorden from Sulasund to the village of Hareid on the island of Hareidlandet in Hareid Municipality.


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. ^ a b Thorsnæs, Geir, ed. (2018-03-05). "Sula". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-08-11.
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-08-10.
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-08-10.
  5. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  6. ^ "Kommunevåpenet". Sula Kommune. Retrieved 2008-10-19.
  7. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2019-08-11.
  8. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  9. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.

External links[edit]