- Västra Götaland County
fullname=Västra Götalands län
Västergötland Bohuslän Dalsland Halland
Västra Götaland Regional Council
GDP=386,538 Million| GDPpercapita=257,000| GDPpercent=16.47
Västra Götaland County or Western Gothland County ("Västra Götalands län") is a county or "
län" on the western coast of Sweden.
The county is the second largest (in terms of population) of Sweden's counties and it is subdivided into 49 municipalities ("kommuner"). Its population of 1,500,000 amounts to 17% of Sweden's population. The capital and governmental seat of Västra Götaland County is
The county was established as recently as
1998, when Älvsborg County, Gothenburg and Bohus Countyand Skaraborg Countywere merged.
Sweden's counties are generally of greater importance than its provinces. The counties are the main administrative units for politics, population counts.
It should be noted that, due to its size and young age, the Västra Götaland County has no common inheritance. Of cultural and historical significant are the provinces that Västra Götaland County consists of:
Västergötland, Bohuslänand Dalsland. There is also an insignificant part of the province Hallandwithin the county.
In addition, the previous counties that were abolished in 1999 had been in use since the 17th century, and therefore have some cultural and historical significance.
Västra Götaland County borders to the counties of Värmland, Örebro, Östergötland, Jönköping and Halland. It is also bounded by the Norwegian county of
Østfold, lakes Vätternand Vänern, as well as the strait of Skagerrak.
Västra Götaland was created in
1998by a merger of the three former counties of " Gothenburg and Bohus County", " Älvsborg County" and " Skaraborg County". The seat of residence for the Governors or "Landshövding" is Vänersborg. Most of the governing is administrated i the countys largest city Gothenburg. The Governor is the head of the County Administrative Board or "Länsstyrelse".
Västra Götaland Regional Councilor "Västra Götalandsregionen" is an evolved County Council that for a trial period has assumed certain tasks from the County Administrative Board. Similar trial councils are applied for Skåne Countyand Gotland County.
The arms for the County of Västra Götaland was granted in
1999when the county was formed. It a combination of the provincial arms of Västergötland, Bohuslänand Dalslandwith the arms for the city of Gothenburg. When the arms is shown with a royal crown it represents the County Administrative Board, which is the regional presence of (royal) government authority. Blazon: "Quartered, I. the arms of Gothenburg, II. the arms of Bohuslän, III. the arms of Dalsland turned in courtoisie, IV. the arms of Västergötland."
List of Västra Götaland Governors
* [http://www.o.lst.se/ Västra Götaland County Administrative Board]
* [http://www.gr.to/ Gothenburg Regional Association of Local Authorities]
* [http://www.sjuharad.com/ Sjuhärad Regional Association of Local Authorities]
* [http://www.r.komforb.se/ Skaraborg Regional Association of Local Authorities]
* [http://www.fyrbodal.o.se/ Fyrbodals Regional Association of Local Authorities]
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