This article is about the municipality in Møre og Romsdal, Norway. For the village, see Gjemnes (village).
Gjemnes kommune

Coat of arms

Møre og Romsdal within

Gjemnes within Møre og Romsdal
Coordinates: 62°54′59″N 7°55′9″E / 62.91639°N 7.91917°E / 62.91639; 7.91917Coordinates: 62°54′59″N 7°55′9″E / 62.91639°N 7.91917°E / 62.91639; 7.91917
Country Norway
County Møre og Romsdal
District Nordmøre
Administrative centre Batnfjordsøra
  Mayor (2011) Odd Steinar Bjerkeset (KrF)
  Total 381.99 km2 (147.49 sq mi)
  Land 371.42 km2 (143.41 sq mi)
  Water 10.57 km2 (4.08 sq mi)
Area rank 245 in Norway
Population (2012)
  Total 2,557
  Rank 295 in Norway
  Density 7.0/km2 (18/sq mi)
  Change (10 years) -3.1 %
Demonym(s) Gjemnesing[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code NO-1557
Official language form Neutral
Website www.gjemnes.kommune.no
Data from Statistics Norway

Gjemnes is a municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway on the Romsdal peninsula. It is part of the Nordmøre region. The administrative centre is the village of Batnfjordsøra, which lies along the Batnfjorden and it is a former steamship landing place. Other villages in Gjemnes include Torvikbukt, Flemma, Angvika, Gjemnes, Øre, and Osmarka.

General information

The municipality of Gjemnes was established on 1 September 1893 when parts of the municipalities of Kvernes, Øre, and Frei were merged. The initial population of the municipality was 934. On 1 January 1965, Øre Municipality (population: 1,565) and all of Tingvoll Municipality west of the Tingvollfjorden (population: 778) were merged with Gjemnes (population: 697) to form a new, larger municipality of Gjemnes.[2]


The municipality is named after the old Gjemnes farm (Old Norse: *Gímnes), since Gjemnes Church was built there in 1893. The meaning of the first element is probably an old river name (*Gíma), the last element is nes which means "headland".[3]


The coat-of-arms is from modern times. They were granted on 4 November 1983. The arms show the head of a Red Deer on a green background. The green symbolizes the agricultural history of the community. The deer antlers have twelve points on it representing the twelve districts of Gjemnes.[4]

See also: the coats-of-arms of Hitra, Hjartdal, and Voss.


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

Churches in Gjemnes
Parish (Sokn)Church NameLocation of the ChurchYear Built
GjemnesGjemnes ChurchGjemnes1893
ØreØre ChurchØre1865
Osmarka ChapelHeggem1910


Storlandet and the mountain Harstadfjellet

The municipality lies along the Kvernesfjorden, Batnfjorden, Freifjorden, and Tingvollfjorden. The mountain Reinsfjellet (highest in the municipality) lies near Torvikbukt. The municipality also includes the island of Bergsøya which is located at the junction of the fjords near the village of Gjemnes.

Gjemnes is surrounded by Kristiansund Municipality and Averøy Municipality to the north; Eide, Fræna, and Molde municipalities to the west; Nesset Municipality to the south; and Tingvoll Municipality to the east.


European Route E39 runs through the municipality and over the Gjemnessund Bridge and Bergsøysund Bridge connecting Gjemnes to Tingvoll Municipality. The Freifjord Tunnel (part of Norwegian National Road 70) runs from Bergsøya to the nearby island of Frei (and ultimately Kristiansund).


  1. "Navn på steder og personer: Innbyggjarnamn" (in Norwegian). Språkrådet. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  2. Jukvam, Dag (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen" (PDF) (in Norwegian). Statistisk sentralbyrå.
  3. Rygh, Oluf (1908). Norske gaardnavne: Romsdals amt (in Norwegian) (13 ed.). Kristiania, Norge: W. C. Fabritius & sønners bogtrikkeri. p. 354.
  4. "Familiens våpen" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-10-18.
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