Västra Götaland County

Västra Götaland County
Västra Götalands län
County of Sweden
Runstenen vid Hoga på Orust, sedd från platsen för äldre fägata, den 2 september 2005..JPG
Flag of Västra Götaland County
Flag
Coat of arms of Västra Götaland County
Coat of arms
Västra Götaland County in Sweden
Västra Götaland County in Sweden
Location map of Västra Götaland County in Sweden
Location map of Västra Götaland County in Sweden
CountrySweden
Founded01 January 1998
CapitalGothenburg and Vänersborg
Government
 • GovernorLars Bäckström
 • CouncilVästra Götaland Regional Council
Area
 • Total25,247 km2 (9,748 sq mi)
Population (September 30, 2017)[1]
 • Total1,686,287
 • Density67/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 codeSE-O
GDP/ Nominal$80 billion (2015)
GDP per capita$50,000 (2015)[2]
NUTS RegionSE232
Websitewww.o.lst.se

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 1,616,000 amounts to 17% of Sweden's population.[needs update] The formal capital and seat of the governor of Västra Götaland County is Gothenburg. The political capital and seat of the Västra Götaland Regional Council is Vänersborg.

The county was established in 01 January 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 and 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.

Other Languages
беларуская: Вестра-Гёталанд
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Вэстра Ёталянд
davvisámegiella: Oarje-Götalándda leatna
Bahasa Indonesia: Daerah Västra Götaland
Plattdüütsch: Lehn Westgötland
Simple English: Västra Götaland County
slovenčina: Västra Götaland
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Västra Götaland (grofovija)
українська: Вестра-Йоталанд