Västra Götaland County


Västra Götaland County

Infobox Län
name=Västra Götaland
fullname=Västra Götalands län
isocode=O
nutscode=0A2
capital=Göteborg
province=Västergötland
Bohuslän
Dalsland
Halland
governor=Göte Bernhardsson
council=Västra Götaland Regional Council
nuts=West Sweden
date=1998
arearank=5th
area=23,945
areapercent=5.8
population_as_of=1999
populationrank=2nd
population=1,488,709
populationpercent=16.8
populationdensity=62.2
GDP_as_of=2004
GDPrank=2nd
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 Göteborg.

The county was established as recently as 1998, when Älvsborg County, Gothenburg and Bohus County and Skaraborg County were merged.

Provinces

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, Bohuslän and Dalsland. There is also an insignificant part of the province Halland within 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.

Neighbours

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 Vättern and Vänern, as well as the strait of Skagerrak.

Administration

Västra Götaland was created in 1998 by 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".

Politics

The Västra Götaland Regional Council or "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 County and Gotland County.

Municipalities

  1. Ale
  2. Alingsås
  3. Bengtsfors
  4. Bollebygd
  5. Borås
  6. Dals-Ed
  7. Essunga
  8. Falköping
  9. Färgelanda
  10. Grästorp
  11. Gullspång
  12. Götene
  13. Gothenburg
  14. Herrljunga
  15. Hjo
  16. Härryda
  17. Karlsborg
  18. Kungälv
  19. Lerum
  20. Lidköping
  21. Lilla Edet
  22. Lysekil
  23. Mariestad
  24. Mark
  25. Mellerud
  26. Munkedal
  1. Mölndal
  2. Orust
  3. Partille
  4. Skara
  5. Skövde
  6. Sotenäs
  7. Stenungsund
  8. Strömstad
  9. Svenljunga
  10. Tanum
  11. Tibro
  12. Tidaholm
  13. Tjörn
  14. Tranemo
  15. Trollhättan
  16. Töreboda
  17. Uddevalla
  18. Ulricehamn
  19. Vara
  20. Vårgårda
  21. Vänersborg
  22. Åmål
  23. Öckerö

Heraldry

The arms for the County of Västra Götaland was granted in 1999 when the county was formed. It a combination of the provincial arms of Västergötland, Bohuslän and Dalsland with 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."

External links

*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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