Aukra kommune — Municipality —
Coat of arms
Møre og Romsdal within
Coordinates: Coordinates: Country Norway County Møre og Romsdal District Romsdal Administrative centre Aukra Government – Mayor (2007) Bernhard Riksfjord (Ap) Area – Total 59.91 km2 (23.1 sq mi) – Land 58.82 km2 (22.7 sq mi) – Water 0.09 km2 (0 sq mi) Area rank 418 in Norway Population (2010) – Total 3,196 – Rank 267 in Norway – Density 54.3/km2 (140.6/sq mi) – Change (10 years) 7.3 % Demonym Gossing
Time zone CET (UTC+1) – Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2) ISO 3166 code NO-1547 Official language form Nynorsk Website www.aukra.kommune.no Data from Statistics Norway
The municipality is made up of the island of Gossa as well as many small surrounding islands, plus a small area around Hollingen across the Julsund on the Romsdal peninsula. Some of the main population centers include Hollingen, Aukrasanden, Varhaugvika, and Røssøyvågen. Nyhamna is a major industrial area in Aukra.
The 1.06-square-kilometre (260-acre) village of Aukra is located on the southeastern side of the island and it has a population (2009) of 766. This gives it a population density of 723 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,870 /sq mi).
The municipality of Akerø was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). In 1840, most of Akerø on the Romsdal peninsula was separated to form the municipality of Frænen. On 1 January 1867, the islands to the west of Gossa (population: 601) were separated to become the new municipality of Sandøy. On 1 January 1924, the southern part of the municipality (Otrøya and several other islands) were separated to form the new municipality of Sør-Aukra, and the remainder of the municipality was re-named Nord-Aukra. On 1 January 1964, the Mordal area of Nord-Aukra (population: 77) was transferred to Molde. On 1 January 1965, Nord- was dropped from the name of the municipality, so it was then just called Aukra.
The municipality (originally the parish) is named after the old Aukra farm (Old Norse: Aukrin), since the first church was built there. The first element is akr which means "field" or "acre" and the last element is vin which means "meadow" or "pasture". Before 1918, the name was written Akerø.
The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 22 May 1987. The arms show two Bronze Age bracelets, based on an archaeological finding in the area. The rings thus symbolize the long tradition of habitation in the area.
Churches in Aukra Parish
Church Name Year Built Location
of the Church
Aukra Aukra kirke 1835 Aukrasanden
Aukra is the site of Norway's best-known shipwreck and rescue operation of the 1900s, of the cargo ship Rokta on 4 April 1938. The monument of Rokta is situated on Rindarøy island with a view of Galleskjæra where the Rokta sank.
Nyhamna on the island of Gossa in Aukra is the location from where the Langeled pipeline, transporting natural gas from the enormous Ormen Lange gas field to the United Kingdom, came onstream in 2007. Local politicians expect a lot from the land-based production facility. Especially the taxes, which in their opinion, far exceeds the externalities put on the inhabitants of Gossa.
Aukra Auto runs the bus service on the island of Gossa.
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- ^ Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2009). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality.". http://www.ssb.no/beftett_en/tab-2009-06-16-01-en.html.
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- ^ Norske Kommunevåpen (1990). "Nye kommunevåbener i Norden". http://www.ngw.nl/int/nor/a/aukra.htm. Retrieved 18 October 2008.
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