Halland County

Halland County
Hallands län
Swedish county

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Coat of arms

Halland County in Sweden

Location map of Halland County in Sweden
Coordinates: 56°43′00″N 12°49′16″E / 56.71667°N 12.82111°E / 56.71667; 12.82111
Country Sweden
Founded 1719
Capital Halmstad
Municipalities
Government
  Governor Lena Sommestad
  Council Landstinget Halland
Area
  Total 5,454 km2 (2,106 sq mi)
Population (30 September 2017)[1]
  Total 323,729
  Density 59/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code SE-N
GDP/ Nominal SEK 61,339 million (2004)
GDP per capita SEK 221,000
NUTS Region SE231
Website www.n.lst.se

Halland County (Swedish: Hallands län) is a county (län) on the western coast of Sweden. It corresponds roughly to the cultural and historical province of Halland. The capital is Halmstad.

It borders the counties of Västra Götaland, Jönköping, Kronoberg, Skåne and the sea of the Kattegat.

Heraldry

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

Province

Counties mainly serve administrative purposes in Sweden. The culture and history of the area is to be found in its provincial counterpart Halland. The county was designed with virtually the same boundaries as the province. The major exception is a part of Hylte Municipality, which belongs to the province of Småland.

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 Halland Governors.

Politics

Among the main responsibilities of the Halland County Council (Landstinget Halland) are public health care issues.

Governors

Municipalities

Sweden's counties are entities for Sweden's municipalities, responsible for such things as child care, education, street planning, etc. Municipalities in Halland County are, from north to south, with the numbers of inhabitants::

In Halland Province:

Culture

Music groups

Localities in order of size

The five most populous localities of Halland County in 2010:[2]

#LocalityPopulation
1Halmstad58,577
2Varberg27,602
3Falkenberg20,035
4Kungsbacka19,057
5Onsala11,951

Future

There is an investigation committee appointed by the government, who investigating the best future division and responsibitites of the counties of Sweden, called Ansvarskommittén. They are working long-term, but their preliminary reports suggest a large reduction of the number of counties in Sweden. Halland county is there proposed to be divided in two halves, both to be combined with neighbouring large counties.

References

Coordinates: 56°43′00″N 12°49′16″E / 56.716566°N 12.821045°E / 56.716566; 12.821045

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