Alesund is a municipality and town in Norway, in More og Romsdal County. It is within the old district of Sunnmore, and it is in the middle of the region of Alesun. It is a major port, and it is famed for its heavy architecture in the Art Noveau style.
Alesund is a town that is an administrative hub of the municipality of Alesund, and it is one of the primary shipping towns of the district of Sunnmore. The municipality of Alesund has a population of a little over 45,000, and the greater urban area of Alesund has a population of a little over 48,000. That includes the close by municipality of Sula as well.
Alesund was a port that was declared a municipality in 1838. It was totally surrounded by Borgund Municipality. The Alesund port got town rights in 1848. In 1875, a portion of Borgund Municipality (with a population of just 900) was transferred over to the town. In 1922, another portion of Borgund Municipality (with a population of nearly 1,200) was transferred to the town. In 1968, a lot of the neighboring Borgund municipality (with a population of over 20,000) was combined into Alesund. This merger doubled the population of the municipality, and the new total population was nearly 40,000. In 1977, Sula Island and some of the nearby islets (with a population of roughly 6,300) were separated out from Alesund to create the new Sula Municipality.
Alesund is home to the most important fishing harbor in all of Norway. The town has a fishing fleet that is considered to be the most modern in all of Europe. For these reasons, Alesund is an important place in Norway. The municipality has a major furniture industry as well. Some of the most well known household items are created there. In the 50s and 60s, Alesund was one of the most important herring fishery areas.
There is a big fishing fleet that belongs to Alesund and other harbos close by. A major shipbuilding and ship equipment industry has grown up around that industry. However, there aren’t any shipbuilding yards in Alesund any more.
When oil was discovered in the North Sea in the 70s, the local fishing fleet ship owners jumped on the opportunity and recreated fishing vessels to take part in the oil production and exploration industry. After a short while, they were able to build specially designed vessels to look for oil in the North Sea.
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