Blekinge County

Blekinge County (Swedish: Blekinge län) is a county or län in the south of Sweden. It borders the Counties of Skåne, Kronoberg, Kalmar and the Baltic Sea. The capital is Karlskrona. It is the smallest of the present administrative counties of Sweden, covering only 0,7% of the total area of the country.

Blekinge County

Blekinge län
Karlshamn citadel

Flag

Coat of arms
Blekinge County in Sweden
Location map of Blekinge County in Sweden
Coordinates: 56°14′36″N 14°22′52″E
CountrySweden
Founded1683
CapitalKarlskrona
Municipalities
Government
  GovernorSten Nordin
  CouncilLandstinget Blekinge
Area
  Total3,039.4 km2 (1,173.5 sq mi)
Population
 (30 September 2017)[1]
  Total159,367
  Density52/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeSE-K
GDP/ NominalSEK 34,566 million (2004)
GDP per capitaSEK 231,000
NUTS RegionSE221
Websitewww.k.lst.se

Province

For History, Geography and Culture, see: Blekinge

Blekinge, the historical province Blekinge, has virtually the same boundaries as the current administrative entity, Blekinge County.

Administration

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

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

Heraldry

The County of Blekinge inherited its coat of arms from the province of Blekinge. When it is shown with a royal crown it represents the County Administrative Board.

Politics

Blekinge county council, or Region Blekinge, is a municipal entity that is independent of, but coterminous with, the County Administrative Board. Its main responsibilities lie in health care and public transportation issues for the county.

Governors

The current governor of Blekinge County is Moderate Party politician Sten Nordin, appointed on the 1st of October 2017.

Municipalities

Population as of 2009-12-31 Blekinge county total 152 591, 1.6% of the nation.

Localities in order of size

The five most populous localities of Blekinge County in 2010:[2]

#LocalityPopulation
1Karlskrona35,212
2Karlshamn19,075
3Ronneby12,029
4Sölvesborg8,401
5Olofström7,327

References

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