Midsund is a municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the Romsdal region. The administrative centre is the village of Midsund on Otrøya island. Other settlements on the island include Uglvik and Raknes in the north and Nord-Heggdal in the southeast.

Midsund kommune

Møre og Romsdal within
Midsund within Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 62°42′31″N 06°47′48″E
CountyMøre og Romsdal
Established1 Jan 1965
Administrative centreMidsund
  Mayor (2015)Odd Helge Gangstad (Sp)
  Total94.65 km2 (36.54 sq mi)
  Land93.89 km2 (36.25 sq mi)
  Water0.76 km2 (0.29 sq mi)  0.8%
Area rank384 in Norway
  Rank323 in Norway
  Density21.8/km2 (56/sq mi)
  Change (10 years)
Midsundværing [1]
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeNO-1545
Official language formNynorsk [2]

The municipality consists of many islands. The main islands are Otrøya, Midøya, and Dryna, as well as the smaller populated islands of Magerøya and Tautraboth are less than 1 square kilometre (250 acres). There are also many tiny uninhabited islands and skerries. The islands all sit at the mouth of the great Romsdalsfjord.

The 95-square-kilometre (37 sq mi) municipality is the 384th largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Midsund is the 323rd most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 2,049. The municipality's population density is 21.8 inhabitants per square kilometre (56/sq mi) and its population has increased by 7.8% over the last decade.[3][4]

General information

The municipality of Midsund was established on 1 January 1965 when the old municipality of Sør-Aukra (population: 1,912) was merged with part of Midøya island and the neighboring island of Dryna (population: 334) which were part of the old Vatne Municipality.[5]

On 1 January 2020, the municipality of Midsund will be merged into the neighboring Molde Municipality, along with the municipality of Nesset. Together, the new Molde Municipality will be significantly larger.[6]


The municipality is named after the strait that flows between the islands of Otrøya and Midøya, the Midsundet (Old Norse: Miðjusund). The first element of the name Miðja means "middle" and the second element sund means "strait" or "sound".[7]

Coat of arms

The coat of arms was granted on 15 May 1987. The arms show two silver triangles on a blue background, representing Otrøya and Midøya islands in the ocean. These two main islands in the municipality are separated by a small strait, the Midsund. The geographical situation is symbolised in the arms.[8]


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

Churches in Midsund
Parish (sokn)Church nameLocation of the churchYear built
MidsundOtrøy ChurchUglvik, Otrøya1878
Nord-Heggdal ChapelNord-Heggdal1974


The islands of Midsund Municipality are separated from the mainland by the 2-kilometre (1.2 mi) wide Julsundet strait to the east and the 3-kilometre (1.9 mi) wide Midfjorden to the south. To the north are many smaller islands including Gossa (in Aukra Municipality) and Harøya, Sandøya, and Orta (in Sandøy Municipality). To the west lie the islands of Fjørtofta, Skuløya, and Haramsøya (in Haram Municipality).

The three largest islands of the community lie in a line from ENE to WSW (Otrøya, Midøya, and Dryna). The island of Magerøya lies between Midøya and Otrøya and a bridge connects it to the latter. Tautra lies in the Moldefjorden, southeast of Otrøya. Otrøya is the main island of the community, measuring about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from east to west. The southern coasts of Otrøya, Midøya, and Dryna rise from the fjord as sheer 800-metre (2,600 ft) tall cliffs. At Oppstad, the cliff is feared to collapse, which would cause a small tsunami in the Moldefjorden.

On the southern coast of Otrøya the following small villages can be found: (from east to west) Solholmen, Nord-Heggdal, Oppstad, Sør-Heggdal, and Klauset. The north has the following villages: (east to west) Ræstad, Rakvåg, Tangen, Raknes, and Uglvik. On the western side of Otrøya, facing the bay that separates it from Midøya, lies the village of Midsund, the largest settlement in the community. The Midsund Bridge connects it with Midøya. Dryna and Midøya are also connected with a bridge. Ferries run between the islands and the mainland. There is a ferry from Solholmen across the Julsundet to Molde Municipality and from the island of Dryna to the village of Brattvåg (in Haram Municipality). The larger three islands' interior is wilderness, but the rims are used for keeping cattle and small farming.


All municipalities in Norway, including Midsund, 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 Romsdal District Court and the Frostating Court of Appeal.

Municipal council

The municipal council (Kommunestyre) of Midsund is made up of 17 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown for the final municipal council was as follows:

Midsund Kommunestyre 2016–2019 [10]  
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
 Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet)3
 Progress Party (Framstegspartiet)1
 Conservative Party (Høgre)5
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)1
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)4
 Liberal Party (Venstre)3
Total number of members:17
Midsund Kommunestyre 2012–2015 [11]  
Party Name (in Norwegian)Number of
 Progress Party (Framstegspartiet)5
 Conservative Party (Høgre)4
 Christian Democratic Party (Kristeleg Folkeparti)2
 Centre Party (Senterpartiet)3
 Liberal Party (Venstre)3
Total number of members:17


The community has 1,939 inhabitants (January 2005), with 50.3% male. The percentage of people older than 67 is 18.3%. Unemployment is 2.3%. Population growth is stable. Most inhabitants are fishers or small farmers.


The newspaper Øyavis was published in Midsund from 1983 to 2016.[12]


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  4. Statistisk sentralbyrå. "09280: Area of land and fresh water (km²) (M)" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2019-06-17.
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  8. "Civic heraldry of Norway - Norske Kommunevåpen". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
  9. Hansen, Tore, ed. (2016-05-12). "kommunestyre". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
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