County councils of Sweden

Public administration of Sweden
Counties of Sweden:
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County councils
See also:
NUTS of Sweden
ISO 3166-2:SE

A county council (Swedish: landsting) is a self-governing local authority and one of the principal administrative subdivisions of Sweden. There are 20 county councils, each corresponding to a county. County councils are governed by a county council assembly (landstingsfullmäktige) that is elected by the county electorate every four years in conjunction with the general elections. The most important responsibilities of county councils are the public health care system and public transportation.

Within the same geographical borders as the county councils, there are county administrative boards, an administrative entity appointed by the government. Landsting, the Swedish term for the county councils as that of the former supreme tings of the historical provinces of Sweden. As of 2010, the different county council assemblies had a combined total of 1,662 seats.[1]

Constitutionally, the county councils exercise a degree of municipal self-government provided by the Constitution of Sweden. This does not constitute any degree of federalism, which is consistent with Sweden's status as a unitary state.

Within the geographic boundaries of the county there are also several smaller municipalities and administration that exercise local self-government independent of the county councils. These can also be referred to as "primary municipalities" or primärkommuner, while the larger county councils are sekundärkommuner, "secondary municipalities". The island of Gotland is an exception, due to its geographical boundaries, as Gotland Municipality also has the responsibilities of a county council.

Historically, Stockholm was separate from counties and was not under the jurisdiction of the Stockholm County Council until 1967, and some other large cities were in counties but outside county councils. The cities handled the responsibilities. The two last such cities were Malmö and Göteborg until 1998. Gotland still is without county council.

 CountyCounty CouncilLandsting
1.BlekingeBlekinge County CouncilLandstinget Blekinge
2.DalarnaDalarna County CouncilLandstinget Dalarna
3.GävleborgGävleborg County CouncilLandstinget Gävleborg
4.HallandHalland County CouncilLandstinget Halland
5.JämtlandJämtland County CouncilJämtlands läns landsting
6.JönköpingJönköping County CouncilLandstinget i Jönköpings län
7.KalmarKalmar County CouncilLandstinget i Kalmar län
8.KronobergKronoberg County CouncilLandstinget Kronoberg
9.NorrbottenNorrbotten County CouncilNorrbottens läns landsting
10.SkåneSkåne Regional CouncilRegion Skåne
11.StockholmStockholm County CouncilStockholms läns landsting
12.SödermanlandSödermanland County CouncilLandstinget Sörmland
13.UppsalaUppsala County CouncilRegion Uppsala
14.VärmlandVärmland County CouncilLandstinget i Värmland
15.VästerbottenVästerbotten County CouncilVästerbottens läns landsting
16.VästernorrlandVästernorrland County CouncilLandstinget Västernorrland
17.VästmanlandVästmanland County CouncilLandstinget Västmanland
18.Västra GötalandVästra Götaland Regional CouncilVästra Götalandsregionen
19.ÖrebroÖrebro County CouncilÖrebro läns landsting
20.ÖstergötlandÖstergötland County CouncilLandstinget i Östergötland


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