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Sandøy kommune
View of the village of Ona
View of the village of Ona
Official logo of Sandøy kommune
Møre og Romsdal within
Sandøy within Møre og Romsdal
Sandøy within Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 62°45′40″N 06°27′5″E / 62.76111°N 6.45139°E / 62.76111; 6.45139Coordinates: 62°45′40″N 06°27′5″E / 62.76111°N 6.45139°E / 62.76111; 6.45139
CountyMøre og Romsdal
Established1 Jan 1867
Administrative centreSteinshamn
 • Mayor (2015)Oddvar Myklebust (Ap)
 • Total21.43 km2 (8.27 sq mi)
 • Land21.36 km2 (8.25 sq mi)
 • Water0.07 km2 (0.03 sq mi)  0.3%
Area rank416 in Norway
 • Total1,263
 • Rank371 in Norway
 • Density59.1/km2 (153/sq mi)
 • Change (10 years)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1546
Official language formNynorsk

Sandøy is an island municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the Romsdal region. The administrative centre is the village of Steinshamn. Other villages include Ona and Myklebost. The municipality is spread out over many islands in the mouth of the vast Romsdal Fjord. The Flatflesa Lighthouse and Ona Lighthouse protect the boats traveling around the municipality. The Nordøy Fixed Link project is scheduled to be constructed from 2018 until 2023 and it will include three undersea tunnels and several bridges that will connect the main islands of Sandøy Municipality and the islands of Haram Municipality to the mainland.[2]

The 21-square-kilometre (8.1 sq mi) municipality is the 416th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Sandøy is the 371st most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 1,263. The municipality's population density is 59.1 inhabitants per square kilometre (153/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 1.4% over the last decade.[3][4]

General information[edit]

View of the island of Ona
View of the island of Orta
View of the island of Orta

The municipality of Sandø i Romsdal was established on 1 January 1867 when it was separated from Akerø Municipality. The initial population was 601. The spelling of the name was later changed to Sandøy. During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1965, the Myklebost area on Harøya island and some smaller islands to the west (population: 287) were transferred from Haram Municipality to Sandøy Municipality.[5]

On 1 January 2020, the municipality of Sandøy will be dissolved. The islands of Orta and Lyngværet (and the small surrounding islands) will be merged into Aukra Municipality.[6] The remainder of the old Sandøy Municipality will be merged with Haram Municipality, Ørskog Municipality, Skodje Municipality, and Ålesund Municipality to form one large municipality of Ålesund.[7]


The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the farm and the small island, Sandøya (Old Norse: Sandøy), since the first Sandøy Church was built there. The first element is sandr which means "sand" and the last element is øy which means "island". The name was historically spelled Sandø or Sandøen.[8]

Coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms was granted on 12 December 1986. The arms show the light beams from the Ona Lighthouse, since lighthouses play an important role in the safety in the municipality, which consists of 871 islands and skerries.[9]


The Church of Norway has one parish (sokn) within the municipality of Sandøy. It is part of the Molde domprosti (arch-deanery) in the Diocese of Møre.

Churches in Sandøy
Parish (sokn) Church name Location of the church Year built
Sandøy Sandøy Church Sandøya 1812
Harøy Church Harøya 1934


Sandøy is an island municipality. Sandøy consists of 871 islands, but only five are regularly inhabited. The main inhabited islands are Harøya, Sandøya, Finnøya, Ona, and Orta. Ona is the most famous of the islands and is a popular tourist destination due to its history and the Ona Lighthouse.


All municipalities in Norway, including Sandøy, 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.[10] The municipality falls under the Romsdal District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Sandøy is made up of 19 representatives that are elected to four year terms. Currently, the party breakdown is as follows:[11]

Sandøy Kommunestyre 2015–2019
Party Name Name in Norwegian Number of
 Labour PartyArbeiderpartiet10
 Conservative PartyHøgre6
 Liberal PartyVenstre3
Total number of members:19


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  2. ^ "Fv 659 Nordøyvegen" (in Norwegian). Statens vegvesen. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  3. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (2018). "Table: 06913: Population 1 January and population changes during the calendar year (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  4. ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  5. ^ Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  6. ^ "Meir om grensejusteringa i Sandøy" (in Norwegian). Nye Ålesund kommune. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  7. ^ "Nye Ålesund" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  8. ^ Rygh, Oluf (1908). Norske gaardnavne: Romsdals amt (in Norwegian) (13 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 311.
  9. ^ "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  10. ^ Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  11. ^ "Table: 04813: Members of the local councils, by party/electoral list at the Municipal Council election (M)" (in Norwegian). Statistics Norway.

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