Ålesund is a town and municipality in Norway. It is part of the traditional district of Sunnmøre, and the center of the Ålesund Region. There is a sea port there and is the town is noted for its unique concentration of Art Nouveau architecture.
The town of Ålesund is the administrative centre of Ålesund Municipality, as well as the principal shipping town of the Sunnmøre district. Ålesund Municipality has a population of 45,033 as of 2013, while the greater Ålesund urban area has a population of 48,460 (this also includes most of neighboring Sula Municipality as well).