Sykkylven

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Sykkylven kommune
Municipality
View of the Sykkylven Bridge
View of the Sykkylven Bridge
Coat of arms of Sykkylven kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Sykkylven kommune
Møre og Romsdal within
Norway
Sykkylven within Møre og Romsdal
Sykkylven within Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 62°22′32″N 06°38′39″E / 62.37556°N 6.64417°E / 62.37556; 6.64417Coordinates: 62°22′32″N 06°38′39″E / 62.37556°N 6.64417°E / 62.37556; 6.64417
Country Norway
County Møre og Romsdal
District Sunnmøre
Administrative centre Aure
Government
 • Mayor (2015) Odd Jostein Drotninghaug (Sp)
Area
 • Total 337.80 km2 (130.43 sq mi)
 • Land 328.54 km2 (126.85 sq mi)
 • Water 9.26 km2 (3.58 sq mi)
Area rank #261 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total 7,695
 • Rank #141 in Norway
 • Density 23.4/km2 (61/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 3.1%
Demonym(s) Sykkylving[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
ISO 3166 code NO-1528
Official language form Nynorsk
Website www.sykkylven.kommune.no

Sykkylven is a municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the Sunnmøre region. The administrative centre is the village of Aure. Other villages in the municipality include Ikornnes, Straumgjerde, and Tusvik.

The 338-square-kilometre (131 sq mi) municipality is the 261st largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Sykkylven is the 141st most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 7,695. The municipality's population density is 23.4 inhabitants per square kilometre (61/sq mi) and its population has increased by 3.1% over the last decade.[2]

General information[edit]

Map of Sykkylven

The municipality of Sykkylven was established on 1 August 1883 when it was separated from Ørskog Municipality. The initial population was 2,029. On 1 June 1955, the Søvik-Ramstad area of Ørskog Municipality (population: 348) on the southern side of the Storfjorden was transferred to Sykkylven Municipality.[3]

Name[edit]

The municipality is named after the Sykkylvsfjorden (Old Norse: Síkiflir). The first element is sík which means "small lake" or "inlet" (referring to the lake, originally probably an inlet of Fitjavatnet). The last element (Old Norse: -iflir) is also found in the names Sunnylven and Vanylven and the meaning is probably "fjord". The name was written Søkelven before 1889. From 1889 until 1917, it was spelled Søkkelven, and then since 1918 it has been written Sykkylven.[4]

Coat-of-arms[edit]

The coat-of-arms is from modern times, and was designed by Kårstein Blindheim. The arms were granted on 30 April 1984 by royal decree. The silver and blue figure represents the landscape of the Sykkylvsfjorden and is reminiscent of a large mountain silhouette from the municipality.[5][6]

Churches[edit]

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

Churches in Sykkylven
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Sykkylven Sykkylven Church Aure 1990
Ikornnes Ikornnes Church Ikornnes 1978

Geography[edit]

View of Velledalen
View of the Sykkylvsfjorden and Trollkyrkjetindane mountains

Sykkylven is a part of the Sunnmøre region and is surrounded by the beautiful alpine mountain range Sunnmørsalpene, including the mountain Råna. Most of the people in Sykkylven live along the Sykkylvsfjorden, which is a branch of the Storfjorden. The Sykkylven Bridge crosses the fjord connecting Aure to Ikornnes.

Sykkylven Municipality shares land borders with Stordal Municipality to the east, Stranda Municipality to the southeast, and Ørsta Municipality to the southwest. The Hjørundfjorden forms part of the western municipal border, and the Storfjorden forms the northern border. Across the Storfjorden lie Ålesund Municipality, Skodje Municipality, and Ørskog Municipality.

Economy[edit]

Sykkylven is primarily an industrial community where furniture and furnishings manufacturing is the dominant industry (78% of manufacturing employment in 2004). Some of the largest factories in the industry are located here. Major companies in Sykkylven include Ekornes, Scandinor ANS, Hjellegjerde, Brunstad Møbler, Hjelle, and Cylindra. Agriculture is important along the fjord and in the valleys. The farms are small, with emphasis on livestock. There is also some fish farming at Hundeidvik and Søvik, along the Storfjorden.[7] The newspaper Sykkylvsbladet is published in Sykkylven.[8]

Government[edit]

All municipalities in Norway, including Sykkylven, 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 Sykkylven is made up of 29 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[9]

Sykkylven Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
representatives
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 6
  Progress Party Framstegspartiet 6
  Conservative Party Høgre 8
  Christian Democratic Party Kristelig Folkeparti 2
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 4
  Socialist Left Party Sosialistisk Venstreparti 1
  Liberal Party Venstre 2
Total number of members: 29

References[edit]

  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 2017-10-19. 
  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. 140. 
  5. ^ "Om Sykkylven" (in Norwegian). Sykkylven kommune. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  6. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2017-10-19. 
  7. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Sykkylven" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  8. ^ Store norske leksikon: Sykkylvsbladet.
  9. ^ "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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