View of Veøya island
Veøy within Møre og Romsdal
|County||Møre og Romsdal|
|Established||1 Jan 1838|
|Disestablished||1 Jan 1964|
|o Total||249 km2 (96 sq mi)|
|*Area at municipal dissolution.|
|o Density||8.9/km2 (23/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|ISO 3166 code||NO-1541|
|Created as||Formannskapsdistrikt in 1838|
|Succeeded by||Molde and Rauma in 1964|
Veøy is a former municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The 249-square-kilometre (96 sq mi) municipality existed from 1838 until its dissolution in 1964. It initially consisted of all of the present-day Vestnes Municipality, as well as the southern part of Molde Municipality and the northern part of Rauma Municipality. Vestnes Municipality was only part of Veøy for a few months in 1838 before it was made into a separate municipality. In 1964, the municipality was split between Molde and Rauma municipalities. Veøy Municipality was named after the island of Veøya, the administrative centre, where the main church for the municipality (Old Veøy Church) was located.
The island and municipality was named Veøy (Old Norse: Véøy). It was the religious center of the whole Romsdal region and the name is a compound of vé which means "sanctuary" and øy which means "island", thus a holy island. The name was historically spelled Veø.
The parish of Veøy was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt law). The western district of Veøy was separated in the fall of 1838 to become Vestnes Municipality. During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee. On 1 January 1964, the islands of Sekken and Veøya as well as the Nesjestranda district on the mainland north of the Langfjorden (with a total population of 756) were incorporated into the newly enlarged Molde Municipality. The remainder of Veøy on the south side of the Langfjorden and the Vågstranda area (population: 1,400) were merged with the small municipalities of Eid, Grytten, Hen, and Voll to form the new Rauma Municipality.