Västerbotten County

Västerbotten County (Swedish: Västerbottens län) is a county or län in the north of Sweden. It borders the counties of Västernorrland, Jämtland, and Norrbotten, as well as the Norwegian county of Nordland and the Gulf of Bothnia. Its capital is Umeå, which combined with the largest town in the northern part Skellefteå house about half of the population, with the two municipalities themselves making up the majority of the populace. The vast wilderness areas make Västerbotten County have a larger land area than Denmark, the Netherlands or Switzerland.

Västerbotten County
Västerbottens län
Flag of Västerbotten County
Coat of arms of Västerbotten County
Västerbotten County in Sweden
Västerbotten County in Sweden
Location map of Västerbotten County in Sweden
Location map of Västerbotten County in Sweden
Coordinates: 64°51′N 17°54′E / 64.85°N 17.9°E / 64.85; 17.9
CountrySweden
Formed1638
CapitalUmeå
Municipalities
Government
 • GovernorMagdalena Andersson
 • CouncilVästerbottens Läns Landsting
Area
 • Total55,186.2 km2 (21,307.5 sq mi)
Population
 (September 30, 2017)[1]
 • Total268,067
 • Density4.9/km2 (13/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeSE-AC
GDP/ NominalSEK 55,534 million (2004)
GDP per capitaSEK 218,000
NUTS RegionSE331
Websiteregionvasterbotten.se

ProvincesEdit

 
Map of the county circa 1796

For history, geography, and culture, see: Västerbotten, Lapland, and Ångermanland

Västerbotten County covers the province of Västerbotten and parts of the provinces Lapland and Ångermanland. Prior to 1809, though, it covered much more extensive space.

AdministrationEdit

The main aim of the County Administrative Board is to fulfil the goals set in national politics by the Riksdag and the Government, to co-ordinate the interests of the county, to promote the development of the county, to establish regional goals, and to 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 Västerbotten Governors.

PoliticsEdit

The County Council of Västerbotten or Västerbotten läns landsting.

GovernorsEdit

See: List of governors of Västerbotten County

MunicipalitiesEdit

In Lapland Province:

In Västerbotten Province:

In Ångermanland Province:

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.[2] The chart lists election years and the last year on record alone.

Location 2002 2006 2010 2014 2018 2019
Bjurholm 2.9 4.5 7.7 10.7 13.2 12.8
Dorotea 5.1 5.3 7.5 8.3 9.0 8.7
Lycksele 5.9 6.4 7.8 9.7 12.6 12.9
Malå 3.6 4.0 5.8 7.5 11.6 11.9
Nordmaling 3.8 4.3 6.0 8.5 10.8 11.0
Norsjö 3.0 3.8 7.0 9.6 11.4 11.2
Robertsfors 4.7 5.2 6.7 8.6 10.3 11.1
Skellefteå 4.4 5.6 6.6 8.2 10.0 10.3
Sorsele 3.1 5.4 10.2 12.3 13.4 13.3
Storuman 3.4 4.0 4.8 6.9 10.1 10.3
Umeå 9.4 10.3 11.7 12.7 14.9 15.5
Vilhelmina 3.2 3.5 6.2 8.5 9.5 9.4
Vindeln 3.7 4.5 6.4 9.1 12.2 12.8
Vännäs 4.0 4.1 5.7 8.3 9.4 9.6
Åsele 3.3 4.8 7.8 10.7 13.8 13.7
Total 6.4 7.3 8.6 10.4 12.6 13.0
Source: SCB [2]

HeraldryEdit

The arms for Västerbotten County is a combination of the arms of Västerbotten, Swedish Lapland, and Ångermanland. When it is shown with a royal crown, it represents the County Administrative Board. Blazon: "Parted per fess, base parted per pale, the arms of Västerbotten, the arms of Lapland, and the arms of Ångermanland."

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. 2017-11-08. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  2. ^ a b "PxWeb - välj variabler och värden" (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 11 August 2020.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 64°20′41″N 18°18′51″E / 64.344665°N 18.314209°E / 64.344665; 18.314209