Aalesund - main facts
It gives us great pleasure to welcome you to Aalesund, the town and district on the 62nd latitude. The district is called Sunnmøre which means the southernmost part of Møre. The name goes back to days long past, and may even originally be British – More – according to some historians.
Ålesund is a municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Sunnmøre, and the center of the Ålesund Region. The town of Ålesund is the administrative centre of the municipality as well as the principal shipping city of the Sunnmøre district. Ålesund municipality has a population of aprox. 43.000.
The district begins way inland with the majestic mountain peaks of the Sunnmøre Alps and stretches across the fjords on down to the sea. The town of Aalesund is perched on a series of small islands on the coast, off which the continental shelf extends with its hundreds of miles of rich fishing grounds and oil reserves.
Aalesund is internationally famous for its distinctive architecture in the “Art Noveau” style (Jugendstil) with towers, spires and imaginative decoration on the house facades. This particular style of architecture in the centre of Aalesund is a result of the catastrophic fire in 1904 that completely destroyed the centre of the town.
The architects that took part in the rebuilding of Aalesund were quite young and Norwegian. They were influenced by the modern architectural styles of the times in addition to being inspired by national romantic impulses. After the reconstruction, Aalesund has acquired a unique place in Norwegian and international history.
Today Aalesund is a prosperous and expanding city. It boasts a whole range of entertainment facilities and regularly hosts a wealth of cultural events. The people of Aalesund and the surrounding area believe in the spirit of achievement, the "can-do" attitude that makes the district an exciting and lively place in which to live and work.