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Vestnes kommune
View of Vestnes with mountains in the background
View of Vestnes with mountains in the background
Coat of arms of Vestnes kommune
Coat of arms
Official logo of Vestnes kommune
Møre og Romsdal within
Vestnes within Møre og Romsdal
Vestnes within Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 62°35′04″N 07°01′06″E / 62.58444°N 7.01833°E / 62.58444; 7.01833Coordinates: 62°35′04″N 07°01′06″E / 62.58444°N 7.01833°E / 62.58444; 7.01833
Country Norway
County Møre og Romsdal
District Romsdal
Administrative centre Vestnes
 • Mayor (2011) Geir Inge Lien (Sp)
 • Total 352.02 km2 (135.92 sq mi)
 • Land 347.50 km2 (134.17 sq mi)
 • Water 4.52 km2 (1.75 sq mi)
Area rank #257 in Norway
Population (2017)
 • Total 6,577
 • Rank #160 in Norway
 • Density 18.9/km2 (49/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years) 2.7%
Demonym(s) Vestnesing[1]
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 code NO-1535
Official language form Nynorsk
Data from Statistics Norway

Vestnes is a municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. Vestnes is part of the traditional district of Romsdal. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Vestnes. Other villages in the municipality include Vikebukt, Vik, Øverås, Fiksdal, Tomrefjord, and Tresfjord.

The area is known for nature and outdoor pursuits, and has a long history in ship building and maritime crafts. The village of Vestnes (Helland) dates back to early medieval times, and has 24-hour ferry and water taxi service with the town of Molde to the northeast. The ferry takes about 35-minutes each way.

The 352-square-kilometre (136 sq mi) municipality is the 257th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Vestnes is the 160th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 6,577. The municipality's population density is 18.9 inhabitants per square kilometre (49/sq mi) and its population has increased by 2.7% over the last decade.[2]

General information

Map of Vestnes
View of the Tresfjord Church
View of the Tresfjorden

The municipality of Vestnes was established in the fall of 1838 when the western district of the large Veøy Municipality was separated to form its own municipality (see formannskapsdistrikt). On 1 January 1899, the southern district of Tresfjord (population: 1,408) was separated from Vestnes to form its own municipality, but it was merged back into Vestnes on 1 January 1964.[3]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Vestnes farm (Old Norse: Vestnes), since the first Vestnes Church was built there. The first element is vestr which means "west" and the last element is nes which means "headland". Before 1889, the name was written Vestnæs.[4]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 11 April 1980. The arms have a red background with two triangular gold spikes pointing right. The arms represent the geography of the municipality: a headland between two fjords—the Tresfjorden and the Tomrefjorden.[5]


The Møre og Romsdal Agricultural Museum (Landbruksmuseet for Møre og Romsdal) was established in the municipality at the Gjermundnes Farm in 1979.[6][7]


The Church of Norway has four parishes (sokn) within the municipality of Vestnes. It is part of the Indre Romsdal deanery in the Diocese of Møre.

Churches in Vestnes
Parish (Sokn) Church Name Location of the Church Year Built
Vestnes Vestnes Church Vestnes 1872
Fiksdal Fiksdal Church Fiksdal 1866
Tresfjord Tresfjord Church Tresfjord 1828
Vike Vike Church Vikebukt 1970


Vestnes is located in an area of great natural splendour on the southern shores of Romsdal Fjord. The Tresfjorden and Tomrefjorden branch off Romsdal Fjord to the south. Vestnes borders Rauma Municipality to the east, as well as Stordal Municipality and Ørskog Municipality to the south. Across the Moldefjorden to the north is Midsund Municipality and Molde Municipality.

view of Fiksdal village


All municipalities in Norway, including Vestnes, 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

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Vestnes is made up of 23 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[8]

Vestnes Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
  Labour Party Arbeiderpartiet 3
  Progress Party Framstegspartiet 2
  Conservative Party Høgre 3
  Christian Democratic Party Kristelig Folkeparti 1
  Pensioners' Party Pensjonistpartiet 1
  Centre Party Senterpartiet 10
  Socialist Left Party Sosialistisk Venstreparti 1
  Liberal Party Venstre 2
Total number of members: 23


Vestnes is a relatively good agricultural community with emphasis on livestock and milk production. Vestnes, however, is primarily a manufacturing district. The main industry is the ship-building industry with a number of different companies located in Vestnes. A total of 63% of industry employment (2004) in Vestnes is part of the ship-building industry. Other that shipbuilding, there are several companies in the food, textile and clothing, wood products, furniture, and metal products industries in Vestnes.[5]


The newspaper Vestnesavisa is published in Vestnes.[9]


The European route E39 highway goes through Vestnes on its way from Sjøholt to Molde. The European route E136 highway goes through Vestnes on its way from Ålesund to Dombås. The two highways intersect and share part of the route through Vestnes. The new Tresfjord Bridge is under construction and will be opened to traffic on 24 October 2015. It will carry the E136 highway over the Tresfjorden rather than the current roadway that follows the shoreline all the way around the fjord.

Notable residents


  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 2017-10-20.
  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. 217.
  5. ^ a b Store norske leksikon. "Vestnes" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  6. ^ "Landbruksmuseet for Møre og Romsdal, Gjermundnes". Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Gjermundnes" (PDF). Møre og Romsdal fylkeskommune. Vestnes kommune. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway. 2015.
  9. ^ Smith-Meyer, Trond, ed. (2012-05-12). "VestnesAvisa". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2017-10-20.

External links

  • Møre og Romsdal travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway (in Norwegian)
  • Vestnes official web site
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