The municipality is a mixture of mountains, valleys and fjords. Most people Forsand which is the center. Otherwiaw people have settled from Helle and up Espedalen. On the other side of the fjord there are scattered settlements along the fjord and along highway 13 from Oanes to the municipal border.
Nature has in earlier times been the natural food supply - by fishing in the fjord, agriculture in the flat areas and up the valleys natural household related to hunting, farming and fishing. Today, the business substantially relates to agriculture, sand extraction, aquaculture, tourism and various small businesses.