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Surnadal kommune
Skei (Surnadal).jpg
Coat of arms of Surnadal kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Surnadal kommune
Møre og Romsdal within
Surnadal within Møre og Romsdal
Surnadal within Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 62°56′51″N 08°46′12″E / 62.94750°N 8.77000°E / 62.94750; 8.77000Coordinates: 62°56′51″N 08°46′12″E / 62.94750°N 8.77000°E / 62.94750; 8.77000
Country Norway
County Møre og Romsdal
District Nordmøre
Administrative centre Skei
 • Mayor (1960) Per Ingar Aarnes (EL)
 • Total 1,365.41 km2 (527.19 sq mi)
 • Land 1,314.22 km2 (507.42 sq mi)
 • Water 51.19 km2 (19.76 sq mi)
Area rank 64 in Norway
Population (2013)
 • Total 5,927
 • Rank 161 in Norway
 • Density 4.5/km2 (12/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -4.5 %
Demonym(s) Surndaling[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1566
Official language form Nynorsk
Data from Statistics Norway

About this sound Surnadal  is a municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the Nordmøre region. The administrative centre is the village of Skei. Other villages in Surnadal include Glærem, Mo, Stangvik, Surnadalsøra, Sylte, Todalsøra, and Åsskard.

A mild climate and rich soil make Surnadal well suited for agriculture. The local economy is based on agriculture, forestry and industrial production, in addition to services.[2]

General information[edit]

The parish of Surnadal was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). In 1858, the eastern district (population: 2,684) was separated from Surnadal to form the new Rindal Municipality. This left Surnadal with 3,105 residents. On 1 January 1877, part of Stangvik (population: 50) was transferred to Surnadal. In 1879, part of Surnadal (population: 83) was transferred to Stangvik. On 1 January 1886, the Møklegjerdet farm (population: 29), just west of Glærem, was transferred from Stangvik to Surnadal. On 1 January 1897, the Sjøflot farm (population: 27) was also transferred from Stangvik to Surnadal. On 1 January 1965, the whole municipality of Åsskard and most of the municipality of Stangvik were merged into Surnadal. The newly enlarged municipality had a population of 5,934.[3]


The Old Norse form of the name was Súrnardalr. The first element is the genitive case of the river name Surna and the last element is dalr which means "valley" or "dale". The meaning of the river name is unknown. Before 1918, the name was written Surendalen.[4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times (1989). It shows two silver wavy lines on a green background. The silver lines represent the many rivers in the municipality, the most notable one being the Surna.[2]


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

Churches in Surnadal
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Mo Mo Church Mo 1728
Stangvik Stangvik Church Stangvik 1896
Todalen Todalen Church Todalsøra 1861
Øye og Ranes Ranes Church Ranes 1869
Øye Church Skei 1871
Åsskard Åsskard Church Åsskard 1876


View of the Surnadalsfjorden

The municipality is made up by the main valley, Surnadalen through which the river Surna runs. There are also many smaller side valleys including Stor-Bæverdalen, Settemsdalen, Øvstbødalen, Todalen, and Vinddøldalen. The municipality is bordered by the Trollheimen mountain range and Sunndal Municipality to the south, the neighboring Rindal Municipality to the east, Halsa Municipality to the north, and several fjords to the west: Trongfjorden, Stangvikfjorden, and Todalsfjorden. There are three main fjords that cut into the municipality: Åsskardfjorden, Hamnesfjorden, and Surnadalsfjorden.

The landscape is a combination of forests, fjords, and mountains. The highest mountain peak is Snota at 1,668 metres (5,472 ft) above sea level. Other mountains include Vassnebba, Indre Sula and Ytre Sula, Neådalssnota, and Trollhetta. The river Surna runs through the valley from the east to the west, and forms a large delta where it enters the fjord near Surnadalsøra and Skei. This river is rich in salmon, which attract tourists from the rest of the country and abroad. The lakes Foldsjøen and Gråsjøen lie along the border with the municipality of Rindal in the east. The Grønkjølen Nature Reserve lies in the extreme northeast of the municipality.[5]


Transportation services include ferries to the southwest and the northwest, which lead to the coastal areas of Møre og Romsdal, and a highway to the city of Trondheim to the east.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Surnadal" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-04-20. 
  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. 410. 
  5. ^ "Grønkjølen". Mijlø-direktoratet. Retrieved August 7, 2017. 

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