Blekinge County

Blekinge County (Swedish: Blekinge län) is a county or län in the south of Sweden. It borders the Counties of Skåne, Kronoberg, Kalmar and the Baltic Sea. The capital is Karlskrona. It is the smallest of the present administrative counties of Sweden, covering only 0,7% of the total area of the country.

Blekinge County
Blekinge län
Karlshamn citadel
Karlshamn citadel
Flag of Blekinge County
Coat of arms of Blekinge County
Blekinge County in Sweden
Blekinge County in Sweden
Location map of Blekinge County in Sweden
Location map of Blekinge County in Sweden
Coordinates: 56°14′36″N 14°22′52″E / 56.24333°N 14.38111°E / 56.24333; 14.38111
CountrySweden
Founded1683
CapitalKarlskrona
Municipalities
Government
 • GovernorUlrica Messing
 • CouncilLandstinget Blekinge
Area
 • Total3,039.4 km2 (1,173.5 sq mi)
Population
 (30 September 2017)[1]
 • Total159,367
 • Density52/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeSE-K
GDP/ NominalSEK 34,566 million (2004)
GDP per capitaSEK 231,000
NUTS RegionSE221
Websitewww.k.lst.se

ProvinceEdit

Blekinge, the historical province Blekinge, has virtually the same boundaries as the current administrative entity, Blekinge County.

AdministrationEdit

Blekinge County was a part of Kalmar County between 1680 and 1683, due to the foundation of the naval base at Karlskrona.

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 Blekinge Governors.

HeraldryEdit

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

PoliticsEdit

Blekinge county council, or Region Blekinge, is a municipal entity that is independent of, but coterminous with, the County Administrative Board. Its main responsibilities lie in health care and public transportation issues for the county.

Riksdag electionsEdit

The table details all Riksdag election results of Blekinge County since the unicameral era began in 1970. The blocs denote which party would support the Prime Minister or the lead opposition party towards the end of the elected parliament.

Year % Votes V S MP C L KD M SD NyD
1970[2] 85.4 95,576 4.2 50.2 18.7 15.2 1.6 9.9
1973[3] 90.8 98,425 4.1 49.6 22.9 9.4 1.8 12.0
1976[4] 92.0 103,248 3.3 49.5 22.0 10.5 1.5 12.6
1979[5] 91.2 103,037 3.9 49.9 16.5 11.3 1.4 16.6
1982[6] 91.5 103,262 4.0 52.7 1.2 15.6 5.6 1.9 18.8
1985[7] 89.9 102,751 4.4 51.6 1.3 12.4 12.4 17.6
1988[8] 86.0 98,424 4.8 52.2 5.3 11.3 9.6 2.8 13.8
1991[9] 87.5 99,208 4.1 46.0 2.8 9.0 7.5 6.2 18.1 4.6
1994[10] 87.6 100,235 6.5 52.9 4.4 7.6 5.2 3.3 18.5 1.1
1998[11] 82.3 93,756 13.1 42.4 3.9 5.3 3.6 11.0 19.2
2002[12] 82.3 94,558 8.3 45.7 3.8 6.1 11.1 8.8 13.2 2.8
2006[13] 83.1 95,781 5.4 42.1 3.7 7.2 6.4 5.2 22.0 6.2
2010[14] 85.8 100,162 5.1 36.5 5.3 5.8 5.4 4.0 27.3 9.8
2014[15] 86.8 102,225 4.7 37.2 4.9 5.7 3.9 3.4 19.4 18.5
2018[16] 88.5 104,514 5.5 31.4 2.9 6.8 4.0 5.7 17.3 25.2

GovernorsEdit

The current governor of Blekinge County is Swedish Social Democratic Party politician Ulrica Messing, appointed on the 1st of October 2021.

MunicipalitiesEdit

Population as of 2009-12-31 Blekinge county total 152 591, 1.6% of the nation.

Localities in order of sizeEdit

The five most populous localities of Blekinge County in 2020:[17]

# Locality Population
1 Karlskrona 36,904
2 Karlshamn 20,228
3 Ronneby 12,803
4 Sölvesborg 8,832
5 Olofström 7,777

DemographicsEdit

Foreign backgroundEdit

SCB have collected statistics on backgrounds of residents since 2002. These tables consist of all who have two foreign-born parents or are born abroad themselves.[18] The chart lists election years and the last year on record alone.

Location 2002 2006 2010 2014 2018 2019
Karlshamn 7.6 9.2 10.9 13.6 17.1 17.8
Karlskrona 7.1 9.0 12.5 13.3 16.2 16.5
Olofström 21.9 22.3 23.4 26.6 31.2 31.4
Ronneby 8.4 10.1 12.6 14.8 21.4 21.9
Sölvesborg 9.3 10.5 11.9 13.2 15.3 15.2
Total 9.0 10.6 13.0 14.8 18.5 18.9
Source: SCB [18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 30 september 2017 och befolkningsförändringar 1 juli–30 september 2017. Totalt". Statistics Sweden. 8 November 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Riksdagsvalet 1970" (PDF). SCB. Retrieved 21 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Riksdagsvalet 1973" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Riksdagsvalet 1976" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Riksdagsvalet 1979" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Riksdagsvalet 1982)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Riksdagsvalet 1985" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  8. ^ "Riksdagsvalet 1988)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Riksdagsvalet 1991" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Riksdagsvalet 1994" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  11. ^ "Riksdagsvalet 1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  12. ^ "Valresultat Riksdag 2002" (in Swedish). Valmyndigheten. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  13. ^ "Allmänna val 17 september 2006" (in Swedish). Valmyndigheten. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  14. ^ "Röster - Val 2010" (in Swedish). Valmyndigheten. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  15. ^ "Röster - Val 2014" (in Swedish). Valmyndigheten. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  16. ^ "Röster - Val 2018" (in Swedish). Valmyndigheten. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
  17. ^ "Tätorter 2010 (Localities 2010)". Statistics Sweden (in Swedish). 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  18. ^ a b "PxWeb - välj variabler och värden" (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 11 August 2020.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 56°14′36″N 14°22′52″E / 56.24335°N 14.381104°E / 56.24335; 14.381104