View of the town

Location in Sogn og Fjordane county

Coordinates: 61°56′07″N 05°06′49″E / 61.93528°N 5.11361°E / 61.93528; 5.11361Coordinates: 61°56′07″N 05°06′49″E / 61.93528°N 5.11361°E / 61.93528; 5.11361
Country Norway
Region Western Norway
County Sogn og Fjordane
District Nordfjord
Municipality Vågsøy Municipality
  Total 1.93 km2 (0.75 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 3 m (10 ft)
Population (2013)[1]
  Total 3,242
  Density 1,680/km2 (4,400/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
Post Code 6700 Måløy

Måløy (Norwegian pronunciation: [mɔːˈløʏ̯]  ( listen), English approximation: maw-LAY) is a town and the administrative centre of the municipality of Vågsøy in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. Måløy is located on the southeastern side of the island of Vågsøy, about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) northeast of the village of Holvika and about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) south of the village of Raudeberg. The Måløy Bridge connects the town to the village of Degnepoll on the mainland. Sør-Vågsøy Church is located in Måløy.

Måløy is one of the most important fishing ports in the region. In 1997, Måløy was granted town status by the municipality.[3] The 1.93-square-kilometre (480-acre) village has a population (2013) of 3,242; giving the village a population density of 1,680 inhabitants per square kilometre (4,400/sq mi).[1]


View of Måløy town from the harbour

Måløy was originally founded as a trading center on the small island of Moldøen, or Måløya, on the Ulvesundet strait between Vågsøy island and the mainland. As trade flourished, the town gradually moved to the larger island of Vågsøy, while keeping the name of the smaller island. This is the cause of some confusion, although the smaller island is today often known as "Lisje-Måløyna" (literally smaller Måløy) or "Øyna" (literally the island). During World War II, it was used as a German coastal fortress, which led to the eradication of all settlement on the island to make room for the fortress, and as a result of Operation Archery in December 1941.

Måløy was the administrative centre of the old municipality of Sør-Vågsøy which existed from 1910 until 1964, and it was then made the administrative centre of the new Vågsøy municipality which was created in 1964.


The town square in Måløy has a monument remembering the citizens of Sør-Vågsøy and Davik municipalities who died in World War II. Another monument, located elsewhere in the town, is a memorial to Martin Linge, the only Norwegian who died during Operation Archery. Few streets in Måløy are named; most, especially the ones on the hillside, are only numbered.

Panorama of Måløy


The festival Måløydagene is arranged in the town every year. In 2004, Måløy was awarded the role as a 2008 Tall Ships' Races main port. The town was the host of the participating tall ships from July 28 until August 4. The event had a budget of NOK 18 million, of which the county government would sponsor NOK 2.5 million. The town offered great hospitality and welcomed crews warmly. The town, with STI had organized much in the way of crew activities.[4][5]


The only upper secondary school in the municipality, Måløy vidaregåande skule, as well as several lower secondary schools and elementary schools, are located in the vicinity of the town. The closest institutions of higher education are Sogn og Fjordane University College, located in Sogndal, Førde, and Sandane, Ålesund University College in Ålesund, and the University of Bergen in Bergen.


The association football club Tornado Måløy FK is the result of a merger between the independent clubs Tornado and Måløy in 2002. The club has two stadiums, one of which is located in Måløy, the other is in Refvika. The club's two men's senior teams play in the Norwegian third division and fifth division as of 2008.

International relations

Måløy has a friendship agreement with the following "twin" towns:


  1. 1 2 3 Statistisk sentralbyrå (1 January 2013). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality.".
  2. "Måløy" (in Norwegian). yr.no. Retrieved 2013-09-23.
  3. "Kommunehistoria i Vågsøy". Fylkesleksikon (in Norwegian). NRK. 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-05-21. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  4. Eldgrim Fossheim (2008). "Ikkje meir til Tall Ships Race - NRK Sogn og Fjordane - NRK Nyhende" (in Norwegian). NRK. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  5. Reksnes, Asgeir; Fagna, Heidi (2008). "Vågsøy tek stor skipsrisiko - NRK Sogn og Fjordane - NRK Nyhende" (in Norwegian). NRK. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
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