Regions of Sweden

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A regional council (Swedish: region) is a self-governing local authority. There are 21 regional councils (one of which is a municipality having the same responsibilities as a county council), each corresponding to a county. Regional councils are governed by a regional assembly (regionfullmäktige) that is elected by the regional electorate every four years in conjunction with the general elections. The most important responsibilities of regional councils are the public health care system and public transportation. It is one of the principal administrative subdivisions of Sweden.

Within the same geographical borders as the regional councils, there are county administrative boards, an administrative entity appointed by the government. As of 2010, the different regional council assemblies had a combined total of 1,696 seats.[1]

Constitutionally, the regional councils exercise a degree of municipal self-government provided by the Basic Laws of Sweden. This does not constitute any degree of federalism, which is consistent with Sweden's status as a unitary state.

Within the geographic boundaries of the county there are also several smaller municipalities and administrations that exercise local self-government independent of the regional councils. These can also be referred to as "primary municipalities" or primärkommuner, while the larger regional councils are sekundärkommuner, "secondary municipalities". The Municipality of Gotland is an exception, due to its geographical boundaries, as Gotland Municipality also has the responsibilities of a regional council.

Historically, Stockholm was separate from counties and was not under the jurisdiction of the Stockholm County Council until 1967, and some other large cities were in counties but outside regional councils. The cities handled the responsibilities. The two last such cities were Malmö and Göteborg until 1998.

In January 2020, the county councils (landsting) of Sweden were officially reclassified as Regions (regioner). De facto, the regional councils had already adopted the 'Region' title well before the new law was adopted.[2][3]

  County Regional Council Region
1. Blekinge Blekinge Regional Council Region Blekinge
2. Dalarna Dalarna Regional Council Region Dalarna
3. Gotland Gotland Municipality[a] Region Gotland[a]
4. Gävleborg Gävleborg Regional Council Region Gävleborg
5. Halland Halland Regional Council Region Halland
6. Jämtland Jämtland Regional Council Region Jämtland Härjedalen
7. Jönköping Jönköping Regional Council Region Jönköpings län
8. Kalmar Kalmar Regional Council Region Kalmar län
9. Kronoberg Kronoberg Regional Council Region Kronoberg
10. Norrbotten Norrbotten Regional Council Region Norrbotten
11. Skåne Scania Regional Council Region Skåne
12. Stockholm Stockholm Regional Council Region Stockholm
13. Södermanland Södermanland Regional Council Region Sörmland
14. Uppsala Uppsala Regional Council Region Uppsala
15. Värmland Värmland Regional Council Region Värmland
16. Västerbotten Västerbotten Regional Council Region Västerbotten
17. Västernorrland Västernorrland Regional Council Region Västernorrland
18. Västmanland Västmanland Regional Council Region Västmanland
19. Västra Götaland Västra Götaland Regional Council Västra Götalandsregionen
20. Örebro Örebro Regional Council Region Örebro län
21. Östergötland Östergötland Regional Council Region Östergötland
  1. ^ a b The Municipality of Gotland is an exception, due to its geographical boundaries, as Gotland Municipality (Region Gotland) also has the responsibilities of a regional council.

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  1. ^ "Val till landstingsfullmäktige - Valda" (in Swedish). Valmyndigheten. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  2. ^ Riksdagsförvaltningen. "En ny beteckning för kommuner på regional nivå och vissa frågor om regionindelning Konstitutionsutskottets Betänkande 2019/20:KU3 - Riksdagen". (in Swedish). Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  3. ^ "Viktigare lagar och förordningar inför årsskiftet 2019/202" (PDF). Government of Sweden.

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