Dalarna County

Dalarna County
Dalarnas län
County of Sweden

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Dalarna County in Sweden

Location map of Dalarna County in Sweden
Coordinates: 60°40′43″N 15°36′02″E / 60.67861°N 15.60056°E / 60.67861; 15.60056
Country Sweden
Founded 1634
Capital Falun
Municipalities
Government
  Governor Maria Norrfalk
  Council Landstinget Dalarna
Area
  Total 28,188.8 km2 (10,883.8 sq mi)
Population (September 30, 2017)[1]
  Total 285,724
  Density 10/km2 (26/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code SE-W
GDP/ Nominal SEK 62,604 million (2004)
GDP per capita SEK 226,000
NUTS Region SE312
Website www.w.lst.se

Dalarna County (Swedish: Dalarnas län) is a county or län in middle Sweden. It borders the counties of Uppsala, Jämtland, Gävleborg, Västmanland, Örebro and Värmland. It is also bordered by the Norwegian counties of Hedmark and Sør-Trøndelag in the west.

The term Dalarna County is mainly used for administrative purposes, being further subdivided into municipalities (kommuner). Dalarna County virtually encompasses the historical province Dalarna (literally, "the valleys"), that deals with history and culture of the area.

History

In older times, Dalarna was periodically part of the territory ruled by the governor of Västerås Castle. The 1634 Instrument of Government led to the creation of a county covering Dalarna with its own County Governor. The Kopparbergs län (literally Copper Mountain County) was finally created by royal decree in 1647.[2] In 1997, the name of the county was changed to Dalarna County.

Administration

The main aim of the County Administrative Board is to fulfil the goals set in national politics by the Riksdag and the Government, to coordinate the interests and promote the development of the county, to establish regional goals and safeguard the due process of law in the handling of each case. The County Administrative Board is a Government Agency headed by a Governor. See List of Dalarna Governors.

Politics

The County Council of Dalarna or Landstinget Dalarna primarily handles health care and public transportation.

After the Swedish general election in 2014, the Dalarna County council are represented by the following political parties:

Moderate Party Christian Democrats Centre Party Liberal People's Party Green Party Social Democratic Party Left Party Sweden Democrats Dalarna Health Care Party others
Votes%Seats Votes%Seats Votes%Seats Votes%Seats Votes%Seats Votes%Seats Votes%Seats Votes%Seats Votes%Seats Votes%Seats
34 092 18,8 16 7 605 4,2 3 19 053 10,5 10 7 711 4,3 3 9 626 5,3 4 62 020 34,2 29 13 248 7,3 6 18 513 10,2 8 8 265 4,5 4 1 153 0,6 0

Governors

Municipalities

Main article: Municipalities of Dalarna County

In Dalarna Province:

Locations by population

PosLocalityPopulation
1Borlänge41,734
2Falun37,291
3Avesta14,506
4Ludvika14,498
5Mora10,896
6Hedemora7,273
7Leksand5,934
8Orsa5,308
9Malung5,126
10Smedjebacken5,100
11Rättvik4,686
12Säter4,429
13Grängesberg3,481
14Insjön2,149
15Vansbro2,026
16Mockfjärd1,937
17Bjursås1,839
18Grycksbo1,825
19Älvdalen1,810
20Långshyttan1,671
21Dala-Järna1,413
22Djurås1,278
23Siljansnäs1,268
24Svärdsjö1,251
25Vikarbyn1,171
26Horndal1,114
27Ornäs1,068
28Gagnef1,049

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Heraldry

The Dalarna County inherited its coat of arms from the province of Dalarna. When it is shown with a royal crown it represents the County Administrative Board.

See also

References and notes

Coordinates: 60°40′43″N 15°36′02″E / 60.678559°N 15.600586°E / 60.678559; 15.600586

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