Kalmar County

Kalmar County (Swedish: Kalmar län) is a county or län in southern Sweden. It borders the counties of Kronoberg, Jönköping, Blekinge and Östergötland. To the east in the Baltic Sea is the island Gotland.

Kalmar County

Kalmar län
Flag of Kalmar County
Coat of arms of Kalmar County
Coat of arms
Kalmar County in Sweden
Kalmar County in Sweden
Location map of Kalmar County in Sweden
Location map of Kalmar County in Sweden
Coordinates: 56°44′0″N 15°54′0″E / 56.73333°N 15.90000°E / 56.73333; 15.90000Coordinates: 56°44′0″N 15°54′0″E / 56.73333°N 15.90000°E / 56.73333; 15.90000
 • GovernorThomas Carlzon
 • County CouncilLandstinget i Kalmar län
 • Total11,217.8 km2 (4,331.2 sq mi)
 (30 September 2017)[1]
 • Total243,219
 • Density22/km2 (56/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeSE-H
GDP/ NominalSEK million (2004)
GDP per capitaSEK
NUTS RegionSE213

The counties are mainly administrative units. Geographically Kalmar County covers the eastern part in the Småland province, and the entire island of Öland.


Much of Öland's present day landscape known as the Stora Alvaret has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This southern part of Öland is known for a large number of rare species; early paleolithic settlement at Alby; other prehistoric remains such as the Gettlinge Gravefield and Eketorp Fortress; and the Ottenby Nature Preserve.


Kalmar County was integrated with Kronoberg County until 1672. Blekinge was a part of Kalmar County between 1680 and 1683, due to the foundation of the naval base at Karlskrona.

The seat of residence for the Governor or Landshövding is Kalmar. The Governor is the head of the County Administrative Board or Länsstyrelse. The County Administrative Board is a Government Agency headed by a Governor. The current Governor is Stefan Carlsson. See List of Kalmar County Governors.

Since 1997 The municipalities and the county council cooperate through the indirectly politically controlled Regional Council of Kalmar County. The regional council represents the municipalities interests in regional growth issues, coordinates infrastructure planning, higher education, common cultural issues and administers various governmental an EU grants.



Map of municipalities

On the mainland:

On Öland:

Localities in order of sizeEdit

The five most populous localities of Kalmar County in 2018:[2]

# Locality Population
1 Kalmar 40,434
2 Västervik 21,452
3 Oskarshamn 18,541
4 Nybro 13,494
5 Vimmerby 8,298


The County of Kalmar was formally granted its arms in 1944. Before this the county carried the arms of Småland and Öland side by side. The current arms is a combination of the arms for Småland and Öland. Blazon: "Quartered, the arms of Småland and Öland"

See alsoEdit

References and notesEdit

  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. ^ "Localities 2018 – population, land area, population density" (XLSX). Statistics Sweden. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 24 November 2019.

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