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Vanylven kommune
Vanylvsfjord from eidsaa.jpg
Coat of arms of Vanylven kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Vanylven kommune
Møre og Romsdal within
Vanylven within Møre og Romsdal
Vanylven within Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 62°03′38″N 05°41′51″E / 62.06056°N 5.69750°E / 62.06056; 5.69750Coordinates: 62°03′38″N 05°41′51″E / 62.06056°N 5.69750°E / 62.06056; 5.69750
Country Norway
County Møre og Romsdal
District Sunnmøre
Administrative centre Fiskåbygd
 • 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
Population (2013)
 • Total 3,336
 • Rank 255 in Norway
 • Density 9.1/km2 (24/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) -12.7 %
Demonym(s) Vanylving[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1511
Official language form Nynorsk
Data from Statistics Norway

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.

General information[edit]

Map of the municipality

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.[2][3]


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".[4]

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.[5]


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

Churches in Vanylven
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Vanylven Vanylven Church Slagnes 1863
Syvde Syvde Church Myklebost 1837
Rovde Rovde Church Rovdane 1872
Åram Åram Church Åram 1927
Åheim Saint Jetmund Church Åheim 1130


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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.


  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. 1. 
  5. ^ "Om Vanylven" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-10-18. 

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