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
Coat of arms of Skaraborg
Coat of arms
CapitalSkara (1634–1660)
Mariestad (1660–1997)
• 1991–97
Birger Bäckström
• Established
• Disestablished
31 December 1997
Succeeded by
Västra Götaland County
Map of the country roads through Skaraborg county in 1731.
Map of the country roads through Skaraborg county in 1731

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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References edit

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