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Ørsta kommune
—  Municipality  —

Coat of arms

Møre og Romsdal within
Ørsta within Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates (city): 62°13′50″N 6°19′1″E / 62.23056°N 6.31694°E / 62.23056; 6.31694Coordinates: 62°13′50″N 6°19′1″E / 62.23056°N 6.31694°E / 62.23056; 6.31694
Country Norway
County Møre og Romsdal
District Sunnmøre
Municipality ID NO-1520
Administrative centre Ørsta
 - Mayor (2007) Gudny Fagerhol (Ap)
Area (Nr. 136 in Norway)
 - Total 805 km2 (310.8 sq mi)
 - Land 785 km2 (303.1 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 - Total 10,267
 - Density 13/km2 (33.7/sq mi)
 - Change (10 years) 0.0 %
 - Rank in Norway 99
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Official language form Nynorsk
Norwegian demonym Ørsting[1]
Data from Statistics Norway

About this sound Ørsta is a municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the Sunnmøre region. The administrative centre is the village of Ørsta. The municipality was separated from Volda on 1 August 1883. The municipalities of Hjørundfjord and Vartdal were also merged with Ørsta on 1 January 1964.


General information



The municipality is named after the Ørstafjorden (Old Norse: Œrstr). The meaning of the name is unknown. Before 1918, the name was written Ørsten.


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 13 July 1984. The arms consist of three silver diamonds on a blue background. The three diamonds represent the mountains reflecting in the waters of the fjord.[2]


Of the total area, 48% (or 386 km²) is at an altitude of 600 meters or more above sea level.

Apart from the mountains, Ørsta's dominant geographical feature is fjords; Storfjorden in the north, Vartdalsfjorden and Ørstafjorden in the west, and Hjørundfjorden in the east. Only in the south is it connected by land to neighbouring Volda. Otherwise, it borders to Sula in the north, Hareid and Ulstein (by sea only) in the west, Sykkylven to the north-east, Stranda to the south-east and Sogn og Fjordane county to the south-southeast.

Population centres include Vartdal, Barstadvik, Hovdebygda, Sæbø, Åmdal, and the administrative centre Ørsta, from which the municipality is named.

The municipality is also the heartland of the Sunnmørsalpene, a particularly rugged and wild area of mountains in the southern part of Møre og Romsdal. Prolific peaks include Slogen (1,564 m), Skårasalen (1,542 m), Kolåstinden (1,432 m), Ramoen (1,419 m), Saudehornet (1,303 m), and Romedalstinden (1,295 m).


Important sectors are industry, agriculture, commercial fishing and aquaculture. The first two are predominant in the village Ørsta and adjacent valleys. On the other hand, the northern part of the municipality has strong naval traditions, with Vartdal being the home of one of the largest factory trawler fleets in Norway.


These include Ørsta-Volda Airport at Hovdebygda, and the E39 highway which transsects the municipality in a north-south direction. Ørsta is linked to Sula by ferry at Festøy on its northernmost extreme; it is also linked to Ulstein an underwater tunnel opened on 23 February 2008 that is, currently, the world's deepest.

Famous residents

Ørsta is known as the birthplace of Ivar Aasen, Norwegian philologist and lexicographer, creator of the Nynorsk language.


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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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  1. A municipality in Møre og Romsdal, Norway


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