Vanylven within Møre og Romsdal
|County||Møre og Romsdal|
|• Mayor (2003)||Jan Helgøy (KrF)|
|• Total||385.23 km2 (148.74 sq mi)|
|• Land||365.41 km2 (141.09 sq mi)|
|• Water||19.82 km2 (7.65 sq mi)|
|Area rank||242 in Norway|
|• Rank||255 in Norway|
|• Density||9.1/km2 (24/sq mi)|
|• Change (10 years)||-12.7 %|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1511|
|Official language form||Nynorsk|
Vanylven is a municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the Sunnmøre region. The administrative centre is the village of Fiskåbygd. Other villages in the municipality include Åheim, Åram, Rovdane, Slagnes, and Myklebost.
Vanelven was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The spelling was later changed to Vanylven. On 1 July 1918, the area around the Syvdsfjorden was separated to become the new Syvde municipality. This left Vanylven with 1,848 residents. Then on 1 January 1964, Syvde municipality and the Rovdestranda area of Rovde municipality were both merged into Vanylven Municipality. This gave Vanylven a new population of 3,897. On 1 January 2002, the mainland Åram area north of Fiskåbygd (population: 380) was transferred from Sande Municipality to Vanylven Municipality.
The municipality is named after Vanylvsfjorden (Old Norse: Vaniflir). The meaning of the first element is unknown, but the last element (-iflir) is also found in the names Sunnylven and Sykkylven and it probably means "fjord".
Before 1889, the name was written "Vanelven", from 1889-1917 it was spelled "Vannelven", and since 1918 it has been spelled "Vanylven".
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted in 1987. The arms are meant to show how the Vanylvsfjorden meets the sea. The green represents that land and the silver represents the fjord, which is full of herring, an important industry to the municipality.
|Parish (Sokn)||Church Name||Location of the Church||Year Built|
|Åheim||Saint Jetmund Church||Åheim||1130|
Vanylven borders the municipalities of Sande and Herøy in the north (across the Rovdefjorden). Volda Municipality lies to the east; and the municipalities of Eid, Vågsøy and Selje (in Sogn og Fjordane county) are located to the south.
Vanylven is located on the mainland of Norway and it is surrounded by several fjords. The Vanylvsfjorden lies to the west and the Rovdefjorden to the north. The Syvdsfjorden cuts into the municipality from the north and it empties into the Rovdefjorden. The Syltefjorden branches off the main Vanylvsfjorden, just past the village of Fiskåbygd.
- "Personnemningar til stadnamn i Noreg" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet.
- Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
- Statistisk sentralbyrå (2001). "1511 Vanylven. Population 1 January and population changes during the year. 1951-" (in Norwegian).
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- "Om Vanylven" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-10-18.
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- http://www.vanylven.kommune.no (Norwegian)