Sunndal

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Sunndal kommune
View of the Øksendal valley
View of the Øksendal valley
Official logo of Sunndal kommune
Møre og Romsdal within
Norway
Sunndal within Møre og Romsdal
Sunndal within Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 62°36′46″N 08°38′03″E / 62.61278°N 8.63417°E / 62.61278; 8.63417Coordinates: 62°36′46″N 08°38′03″E / 62.61278°N 8.63417°E / 62.61278; 8.63417
CountryNorway
CountyMøre og Romsdal
DistrictNordmøre
Established1 Jan 1838
Administrative centreSunndalsøra
Government
 • Mayor (2009)Ståle Refstie (Ap)
Area
 • Total1,713.37 km2 (661.54 sq mi)
 • Land1,647.99 km2 (636.29 sq mi)
 • Water65.38 km2 (25.24 sq mi)  3.8%
Area rank47 in Norway
Population
 (2020)
 • Total7,036
 • Rank140 in Norway
 • Density4.3/km2 (11/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
−3.5%
Demonym(s)Sunndaling[1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1563
Official language formNeutral[2]
Websitesunndal.kommune.no

About this soundSunndal  is a municipality in the Nordmøre region located in the northeast part of Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The administrative center of the municipality is the village of Sunndalsøra. Other villages include Gjøra, Grøa, Hoelsand, Jordalsgrenda, Romfo, Ålvund, Ålvundeidet, and Øksendalsøra. With an area of 1,713 square kilometres (661 sq mi), it is the largest municipality in Møre og Romsdal county. The important occupations in Sunndal include industry (with Hydro Aluminium Sunndal as the biggest employer), public services, retail, and farming.

The 1,713-square-kilometre (661 sq mi) municipality is the 47th largest by area out of the 356 municipalities in Norway and it is the largest in Møre og Romsdal county. Sunndal is the 140th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 7,036. The municipality's population density is 4.3 inhabitants per square kilometre (11/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 3.5% over the previous 10-year period.[3][4]

General information[edit]

View of Giklingdalshytta in Innerdalen

The parish of Sunndal was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). In 1854, the northern part of the municipality (population: 1,291) was separated to form the new municipality of Øksendal. This left 2,188 residents in Sunndal. During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1960, the neighboring municipalities of Ålvundeid (population: 513) and Øksendal (population: 497) were merged with Sunndal (population: 5,851) to form a new, larger Sunndal municipality. Both Ålvundeid and Øksendal were historically part of the municipality before 1854. Then, on 1 January 1965, the Ålvund-Ålvundfjord area of the neighboring Stangvik Municipality (population: 508) was transferred to Sunndal.[5]

Name[edit]

The Old Norse form of the name was Sunndalr. The first element is sunnr which means "southern" and the last element is dalr which means "valley" or "dale". Before 1870, the name was written Sunddalen (or Sunndalen); during the period from 1870–1917, it was spelled Sundalen; and since 1918, it has been spelled Sunndal.[6]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on 12 April 1983. The arms show a Norwegian wormwood (Artemisia norvegica) plant in white on a green background. This species has its main European distribution in Sunndal and Oppdal in the Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park and in Trollheimen landscape protected area. Small populations also in Ryfylke, Scotland, and the Ural Mountains, with another subspecies in the mountains of Northern America. It can be found in abundance in many places in the mountains of Sunndal well above tree line.[7][8]

Churches[edit]

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

Churches in Sunndal
Parish (sokn) Church name Location of the church Year built
Hov Hov Church Sunndalsøra 1887
Romfo Romfo Church Romfo 1821
Gjøra Chapel Gjøra 1935
Øksendal Øksendal Church Øksendalsøra 1894
Ålvundeid Ålvundeid Church Ålvundeidet 1848

Geography[edit]

View of the Jordalsgrenda area

Sunndal is bordered on the west by Nesset Municipality and Tingvoll Municipality, on the north by Surnadal Municipality, on the east by Oppdal Municipality (in Trøndelag county) and on the south by Lesja Municipality (in Oppland county).

In the southern part of the municipality lies the Dovrefjell–Sunndalsfjella National Park, home to a plentiful amount of impressive muskox. In the northern part is the Trollheimen and Innerdalen landscape protection areas.

The municipality centers around the Sunndalsfjorden and the river Driva. There are also many towering mountains including: Trolla, Storskrymten, Vinnufjellet (with peaks Dronningkrona and Kongskrona), Innerdalstårnet, Salhøa, Såtbakkollen, Skarfjellet, and Vassnebba. The Vinnufossen and Svøufallet waterfalls both lie near the river Driva.

Government[edit]

All municipalities in Norway, including Sunndal, 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.[9] The municipality falls under the Nordmøre District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Sunndal is made up of 27 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows:

Sunndal Kommunestyre 2020–2023 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)11
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)3
 Green Party (Miljøpartiet De Grønne)1
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:27
Sunndal Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)15
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)3
 Conservative Party (Høyre)1
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:27
Sunndal Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [12]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)16
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)3
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)2
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:27
Sunndal Kommunestyre 2008–2011 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)12
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)4
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
Total number of members:27
Sunndal Kommunestyre 2004–2007 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)10
 Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet)5
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:27
Sunndal Kommunestyre 2000–2003 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)19
 Conservative Party (Høyre)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)3
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)4
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:37
Sunndal Kommunestyre 1996–1999 [13]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)20
 Conservative Party (Høyre)4
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)3
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:37
Sunndal Kommunestyre 1992–1995 [14]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)19
 Conservative Party (Høyre)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)4
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:37
Sunndal Kommunestyre 1988–1991 [15]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)19
 Conservative Party (Høyre)4
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)3
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)5
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)3
 Liberal Party (Venstre)3
Total number of members:37
Sunndal Kommunestyre 1984–1987 [16]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)18
 Conservative Party (Høyre)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)3
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)3
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:37
Sunndal Kommunestyre 1980–1983 [17]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)17
 Conservative Party (Høyre)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)3
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)3
 Liberal Party (Venstre)3
Total number of members:37
Sunndal Kommunestyre 1976–1979 [18]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)19
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)4
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Socialist Left Party (Sosialistisk Venstreparti)2
 Free Candidates List (Frie Kandidaters Liste)1
 Sunndal Free Voters Independent List
(Sunndal Frie Velgeres Uavhengige Liste)
1
Total number of members:37
Sunndal Kommunestyre 1972–1975 [19]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)19
 Conservative Party (Høyre)2
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Liberal Party (Venstre)1
 Local List(s) (Lokale lister)7
Total number of members:37
Sunndal Kommunestyre 1968–1971 [20]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)21
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Socialist People's Party (Sosialistisk Folkeparti)1
 Liberal Party (Venstre)3
Total number of members:37
Sunndal Kommunestyre 1964–1967 [21]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)21
 Conservative Party (Høyre)4
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)6
 Socialist People's Party (Sosialistisk Folkeparti)2
 Liberal Party (Venstre)2
Total number of members:37
Sunndal Herredsstyre 1960–1963 [22]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)20
 Conservative Party (Høyre)3
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)7
 Liberal Party (Venstre)5
Total number of members:37
Sunndal Herredsstyre 1956–1959 [23]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)15
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)2
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)8
Total number of members:25
Sunndal Herredsstyre 1952–1955 [24]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)8
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristelig Folkeparti)1
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)7
Total number of members:16
Sunndal Herredsstyre 1948–1951 [25]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)6
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)10
Total number of members:16
Sunndal Herredsstyre 1945–1947 [26]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)5
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)11
Total number of members:16
Sunndal Herredsstyre 1938–1941* [27]  
Party Name (in Norwegian) Number of
representatives
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)4
 Farmers' Party (Bondepartiet)7
 Joint List(s) of Non-Socialist Parties (Borgerlige Felleslister)5
Total number of members:16

Mayor[edit]

The mayors of Sunndal (incomplete list):

  • 2009–present: Ståle Refstie (Ap)
  • 2007-2009: Tove-Lise Torve (Ap)
  • 2003-2007: Knut Reinset (Sp)
  • 1988-2003: Jan Silseth (Ap)
  • 1959-1973: Oskar Edøy (Ap)
Tor Erik Jenstad, 2012

Notable people[edit]

Andrine Hegerberg, 2018
Ada Hegerberg, 2017
  • Barbara Arbuthnott (1822–1904) a Scottish woman who lived in Sunndal where she engaged in charitable work and wrote about her life
  • Hagbard Emanuel Berner (1839 in Sunndal – 1920) a jurist, politician and newspaper editor
  • Nils Sletbak (1896 in Sunndal – 1982) a Norwegian jurist and theatre director
  • Oskar Edøy (1916–2008) a Norwegian politician, Mayor of Sunndal municipality 1959-1973
  • Einar Sæter (1917 in Øksendal – 2010) a Norwegian triple jumper, resistance member, newspaper editor and writer
  • Tor Erik Jenstad (born 1956 in Sunndal) a linguist, dictionary editor and traditional Norwegian folk musician
  • Tove-Lise Torve (born 1964 in Sunndalsøra) a nurse and politician, Mayor of Sunndal municipality 2007-2009

Sport[edit]

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