Sunday, 8 April 2012

Ålesund, Norway

A gorgeous, HUGE postcard I received from the 'Choose a Country' RR on the Postcrossing forum earlier this year. What a magnificent city Ålesund looks like! ...and speaking of the abovementioned RR, I'm so excited Peggy is organising another surprise group again!

Ålesund is a town and municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Sunnmøre, and the center of the Ålesund Region. It is a sea port, and is noted for its unique concentration of Art Nouveau architecture.

Ålesund town is the administrative centre of the municipality as well as the principal shipping town of the Sunnmøre district. Ålesund municipality has a population of 42,982 as of 2010, while the greater Ålesund area has a population of 47,772 (this also includes most of neighboring Sula as well).

The municipality of Ålesund occupies seven of the outer islands in the county of Møre og Romsdal: Hessa, Aspøya, Nørvøya, Oksnøya, Ellingsøya, Humla, and Tørla. The town centre is located on the islands Aspøya and Nørvøy, while Heissa and Oksnøya contain residential areas.

The second largest island, Elingsøya, used to be accessible only by boat or by road via Skodje municipality, but an undersea tunnel was built in 1987 to make travelling between the island and the town centre more convenient. The tunnel is 3,481 metres long, and was upgraded in 2009.

Situated 236 km north northeast of Bergen, Ålesund is adjacent to the Hjørund and Geiranger fjords, the latter being on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.

Ålesund has the most important fishing harbour in Norway. The town's fishing fleet is one of the most modern in Europe. Ålesund and surroundings also has a large furniture industry. Some well-known household items are manufactured here.

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