Lands of Sweden
|This article does not cite any references or sources. (February 2012)|
The lands of Sweden are three traditional parts, essentially three collectives of provinces, in Sweden. These "lands" have no administrative function, and there is no official designation for this subdivision level. Most commonly they are called "landsdelar", which just means "parts of the country".
- Götaland (Gothenland, "Land of the Goths") is the southern, most densely populated part, consisting of ten provinces
- Svealand (Swealand, "Land of the Swea") is the central part, named after the historic Sweden proper, which is the smallest of the three parts with six provinces
- Norrland (literally "Northlands") is the northern part, which is the largest of the three parts, covering 60 percent of the total Swedish territory with nine provinces.
They are used in weather reports, and therefore their boundaries can be seen on television and on the weather maps in the press. But they have no administrative function and no coats of arms.
Areas and populations of the lands:
|Number of provinces||Provinces|
|Götaland||4,351,658||97,841||10||Scania, Blekinge, Halland, Småland, Öland, Gotland, Östergötland, Västergötland, Dalsland and Bohuslän|
|Svealand||3,539,944||91,098||6||Södermanland, Uppland, Västmanland, Närke, Värmland and Dalarna|
|Norrland||1,156,150||261,292||9||Gästrikland, Hälsingland, Härjedalen, Jämtland, Medelpad, Ångermanland, Västerbotten, Norrbotten and Lappland|
- Österland (literally Eastlands) is an old name for southern Finland. It may in prehistoric times have been inhabited by various tribes with their own kings (such as the Kvens). The term has been obsolete since the 15th century and is virtually unknown in Sweden today. In most dictionaries "österlandet" simply means the orient.
- Norrland was the name for the annexed lands to the north on both sides of the Gulf of Bothnia.
- In Sweden's prehistoric times Sweden was largely restricted to Svealand and southern Norrland, while Götaland is mentioned in legends as a rival kingdom, and traditions of Swedish-Geatish wars survive in the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf. Eventually the two countries were united under one crown by the Swedish kings at some time between 550–1200 (the date is the matter of debate).
After the Finnish War (1808–1809) the eastern part of Sweden was ceded to Russia, thus becoming the Imperial Russian Grand Duchy of Finland, with Norrland divided between these two states. The Swedish portion of Norrland still represents more than half of Sweden's territory; it remains, however, sparsely populated compared to the south and middle. The town of Stockholm, which became the capital mostly because of its central location within the medieval boundaries of Sweden (i.e. the brightest area on the map), now was situated at the eastern edge of the realm.
Media related to Category:Lands of Sweden at Wikimedia Commons
- Courts of Appeal: The Court Districts of Sweden - Official site of The National Courts Administration