Falkenberg Municipality

Falkenberg Municipality (Falkenbergs kommun) is a municipality in Halland County on the Swedish west coast. The town Falkenberg is the municipal seat.

Falkenberg Municipality

Falkenbergs kommun
Falkenberg Town Hall

Coat of arms
CountrySweden
CountyHalland County
SeatFalkenberg
Area
  Total1,825.72 km2 (704.91 sq mi)
  Land1,108.89 km2 (428.14 sq mi)
  Water716.83 km2 (276.77 sq mi)
 Area as of 1 January 2014.
Population
 (31 December 2018)[2]
  Total44,701
  Density24/km2 (63/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeSE
ProvinceHalland and Västergötland
Municipal code1382
Websitewww.falkenberg.se

The municipality was created in 1971 when the City of Falkenberg was amalgamated with six rural municipalities (themselves formed by the 1952 local government reform) and part of a seventh. There are 24 original entities within the area.

Today, Falkenberg holds a strong position in the food and beverage industry with companies such as Arla Foods, Carlsberg and SIA Glass having plants in the city. In the inland Gekås, a major department store, draws visitors from all over the country. Falkenberg is also a tourist city, mainly for its many beaches.

Economy

The main income for the Municipality is tourism from around Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Holland and Norway. The food industry is important. Here has Carlsberg Brewery a plant with 570 employees and Arla Foods who makes cheese has a factory with 400 employees. Other important workplaces is the Gekås shoppingcentre in Ullared which has more than 1,100 employees. The centre is a "Mecka" for low-price shoppers and the company earns more than 2 700 000 000 (340 500 000 US Dollars) kronor each year. The shoppingcentre in Wal-Mart style (almost without food)company has 3,800,000 visitors each year which makes it Sweden's most visited place.

Politics

The Right Party was the major party until 1931, when the Social Democratic Party gained that position. The municipality has, however, been a stronghold for the centre-right, whose parties have led the municipality thereafter, except for the period between 1994-1998. The current mayor is Per Svensson (Socialdemokratic Party) and the deputy mayor is Annelie Andelén (Centre).

Number of seats in the municipal assembly
Party 1998[3] 2002[4] 2006[4]
Moderata samlingspartiet 8 7 9
Centerpartiet 12 10 12
Folkpartiet Liberalerna 2 4 2
Kristdemokraterna 4 3 2
Miljöpartiet de Gröna 2 2 2
Socialdemokraterna 15 16 18
Vänsterpartiet 2 2 2
Aktiv Politik 3 4 2
SPI 3 3 0
Sverigedemokraterna 0 0 2

Localities

There are 17 urban areas (also called a tätort, or locality) in Falkenberg Municipality.

In the table the localities are listed according to the size of the population as of 31 December 2005. The municipal seat is in bold characters.

#LocalityPopulation
1Falkenberg18,972
2Skogstorp2,180
3Slöinge974
4Ullared820
5Skrea789
6Vessigebro774
7Glommen687
8Vinberg598
9Långås516
10Älvsered475
11Heberg463
12Ätran400
13Ringsegård383
14Bergagård265
15Årstad258
16Morup248
17Vinbergs kyrkby216

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

The municipality is twinned with:[5]

Notable natives

See also

References

  1. "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 2014-01-01. Archived from the original (Microsoft Excel) on 2016-09-27. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  2. "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 31 december 2018" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. February 21, 2019. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  3. "Valmyndigheten: Procent och mandatfördelning kommunfullmäktigvalet 1998". Archived from the original on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
  4. "Valmyndigheten: Val till kommunfullmäktige i Falkenberg". Archived from the original on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2010-01-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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