Orust NASA.jpg
Coordinates58°10′24.96″N 11°37′44.5″E / 58.1736000°N 11.629028°E / 58.1736000; 11.629028Coordinates: 58°10′24.96″N 11°37′44.5″E / 58.1736000°N 11.629028°E / 58.1736000; 11.629028
CountyVästra Götaland
Area covered345.60 km2 (133.44 sq mi)

Orust (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈûːrɵst])[1] is an island in western Sweden, and Sweden's third largest island. In 2014 Statistics Sweden declared it to instead be the fourth largest island, under a definition which adds artificial canals to the possible bodies of water surrounding an island. It has been noted that under this definition, all of Götaland would be the country's largest island, rendering Orust instead the fifth largest.[2] The largest town on Orust is Henån, the municipal capital, where approximately 1,800 inhabitants live. Other communities, many of which are fishing villages, include Ellös, Edshultshall, Hälleviksstrand, Mollösund, Morlanda, Stocken, Svanesund, Svanvik and Varekil. Orust is home to approximately 15,160 inhabitants in the winter and many more in the summer. Its main industry is the shipyards, the two largest being Najadvarvet and Hallberg-Rassy.

International relations

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Sweden

Twin towns – Sister cities

Orust is twinned with:

See also


  1. ^ Jöran Sahlgren; Gösta Bergman (1979). Svenska ortnamn med uttalsuppgifter (in Swedish). p. 19.
  2. ^ Gistedt, Karin (15 December 2014). "Orust inte längre trea i landet". Bohusläningen (in Swedish). Uddevalla. Archived from the original on 3 February 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Aalborg Twin Towns". Europeprize.net. Archived from the original on 7 September 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.