Skaraborg County

Skaraborg County (Swedish: Skaraborgs län [ˈskɑ̂ːraˌbɔrjs ˈlɛːn])[1] was a county of Sweden from 1634 until 1997. It was disestablished at the end of 1997 when it was merged with the counties of Gothenburg and Bohus and Älvsborg to form Västra Götaland County.

Skaraborg County
Skaraborgs län
County of Sweden
1634–1997
Coat of arms of Skaraborg
Coat of arms
CapitalSkara (1634-1660)
Mariestad (1660-1997)
History
Government
Governor 
• 1991–97
Birger Bäckström
History 
• Established
1634
• Disestablished
31 December 1997
Succeeded by
Västra Götaland County

The county was named after a fortress (borg) outside the city of Skara. The seat of residence for the county governor was Mariestad from 1660 onwards and the largest city (during the 20th century) was first Lidköping and later Skövde. The county consisted of the northeastern part of the province of Västergötland.

Even though Skaraborg County itself no longer exists, various organizations are still named after it, and cover that approximate area. These include several newspapers, one public radio channel and various non-profit organizations. Also, the regional hospital complex in Skövde is named Skaraborgs sjukhus, as is the Skaraborg Wing (F 7) in Såtenäs and the Skaraborg Regiment (P 4) in Skövde.

The area in yellow was the territory that made up Skaraborg County

Two of the municipalities, Habo and Mullsjö, adjacent to the city of Jönköping, were transferred to the Jönköping County at the time of dissolution.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jöran Sahlgren; Gösta Bergman (1979). Svenska ortnamn med uttalsuppgifter (in Swedish). p. 22.