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Västra Götaland

Västra Götaland
Västra Götalands län
County of Sweden

Country Sweden
Capital Gothenburg
 • Governor Lars Bäckström
 • Council Västra Götaland Regional Council
 • Total 23,945 km2 (9,245 sq mi)
Population (March 31 2011)[1]
 • Total 1,589,016
 • Density 66/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
GDP/ Nominal SEK 386,538 million (2004)
GDP per capita SEK 376,900 (2010)
NUTS Region SE232

Västra Götaland County (Swedish: 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 1,590,000 amounts to 17% of Sweden's population. The capital and governmental seat of Västra Götaland County is Gothenburg.

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


Sweden's counties are generally of greater importance than its provinces. The counties are the main administrative units for politics, population counts.

Due to its size and young age, the Västra Götaland County has no common inheritance. Of cultural and historical significance 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 1998 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 Vättern and Vänern, as well as the strait of Skagerrak.


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 Gothenburg, while the seat of political administration and power is Vänersborg. The Governor is the head of the County Administrative Board or Länsstyrelse.


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.


  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
  1. Munkedal
  2. Mölndal
  3. Orust
  4. Partille
  5. Skara
  6. Skövde
  7. Sotenäs
  8. Stenungsund
  9. Strömstad
  10. Svenljunga
  11. Tanum
  12. Tibro
  13. Tidaholm
  14. Tjörn
  15. Tranemo
  16. Trollhättan
  17. Töreboda
  18. Uddevalla
  19. Ulricehamn
  20. Vara
  21. Vårgårda
  22. Vänersborg
  23. Åmål
  24. Öckerö


The arms for the County of Västra Götaland was granted in 1998 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."

References and notes

External links

  • List of Västra Götaland Governors
  • Region Västra Götaland
  • Västra Götaland County Administrative Board
  • Gothenburg Regional Association of Local Authorities
  • Sjuhärad Regional Association of Local Authorities
  • Skaraborg Regional Association of Local Authorities
  • Fyrbodals Regional Association of Local Authorities

Coordinates: 58°13′01″N 11°44′00″E / 58.217025°N 11.733398°E / 58.217025; 11.733398

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