Karlstad Municipality

Karlstad Municipality (Karlstads kommun) is a municipality in Värmland County in west central Sweden. Its seat is located in the city of Karlstad.

Karlstad Municipality

Karlstads kommun
Karlstad Courthouse

Coat of arms
CountrySweden
CountyVärmland County
SeatKarlstad
Government
  Chairman of City Executive BoardPer-Samuel Nisser (M)
  Deputy Chairs of City Executive BoardLinda Larsson (S) and Maria Frisk (MP)
Area
  Total1,517.74 km2 (586.00 sq mi)
  Land1,169.11 km2 (451.40 sq mi)
  Water348.63 km2 (134.61 sq mi)
 Area as of 1 January 2014.
Population
 (31 December 2018)[2]
  Total92,497
  Density61/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeSE
ProvinceVärmland
Municipal code1780
Websitewww.karlstad.se

The present municipality was established in 1971 when the former City of Karlstad was amalgamated with a number of surrounding rural municipalities.

Localities

Politics

Municipalities are responsible for government-mandated duties, and elections for the Municipal council are held every four years, parallel to the general elections.

The inhabitants of Karlstad have a tendency to vote close to the national results at the general elections, making it the generally accepted Bellwether town of Sweden.[3][4]

Elections

Riksdag

These are the local results of the Riksdag elections since the 1972 municipality reform. The results of the Sweden Democrats were not published by SCB between 1988 and 1998 at a municipal level to the party's small nationwide size at the time. "Votes" denotes valid votes, whereas "Turnout" denotes also blank and invalid votes.

Year Turnout Votes V S MP C L KD M SD ND
1973[5] 92.0 47,969 4.2 45.0 0.0 24.3 10.1 0.8 15.0 0.0 0.0
1976[6] 92.6 50,261 3.8 41.8 0.0 22.6 12.1 0.5 18.8 0.0 0.0
1979[7] 91.6 51,435 4.8 43.5 0.0 16.1 10.0 0.6 24.2 0.0 0.0
1982[8] 92.2 52,341 5.0 46.4 1.8 13.2 5.7 1.0 26.9 0.0 0.0
1985[9] 90.5 52,538 4.8 45.2 1.9 9.2 14.6 0.0 24.3 0.0 0.0
1988[10] 85.8 50,120 5.2 44.4 5.2 10.4 12.6 1.8 20.1 0.0 0.0
1991[11] 87.5 51,742 4.2 37.5 3.3 7.2 9.5 7.0 23.7 0.0 7.0
1994[12] 88.0 52,738 6.4 44.4 4.9 6.3 8.3 3.8 24.3 0.0 1.1
1998[13] 82.8 50,206 12.7 36.4 4.9 4.1 4.7 12.0 23.2 0.0 0.0
2002[14] 82.0 51,272 7.9 39.9 4.8 5.7 14.2 8.6 15.2 1.4 0.0
2006[15] 83.6 53,554 6.0 36.8 5.5 7.5 7.7 6.5 25.2 2.3 0.0
2010[16] 86.1 57,709 5.5 32.9 8.0 5.5 7.5 5.3 29.9 4.2 0.0
2014[17] 87.7 61,111 5.5 34.7 7.8 5.7 5.3 4.5 23.3 9.6 0.0
2018[18] 89.0 63,334 7.9 31.7 4.8 8.5 5.7 6.4 19.5 14.1 0.0

Blocs

This lists the relative strength of the socialist and centre-right blocs since 1973, but parties not elected to the Riksdag are inserted as "other", including the Sweden Democrats results from 1988 to 2006, but also the Christian Democrats pre-1991 and the Greens in 1982, 1985 and 1991. The sources are identical to the table above. The coalition or government mandate marked in bold formed the government after the election. New Democracy got elected in 1991 but are still listed as "other" due to the short lifespan of the party. "Elected" is the total number of percentage points from the municipality that went to parties who were elected to the Riksdag.

Year Turnout Votes Left Right SD Other Elected
1973 92.0 47,969 49.2 49.4 0.0 1.4 98.6
1976 92.6 50,261 45.6 53.5 0.0 0.9 99.1
1979 91.6 51,435 48.3 50.3 0.0 1.4 98.6
1982 92.2 52,341 51.4 45.8 0.0 2.8 97.2
1985 90.5 52,538 50.0 48.1 0.0 1.9 98.1
1988 85.8 50,120 54.8 43.1 0.0 2.1 97.9
1991 87.5 51,742 41.7 47.4 0.0 11.9 96.1
1994 88.0 52,738 55.7 42.7 0.0 1.6 98.4
1998 82.8 50,206 54.0 44.0 0.0 2.0 98.0
2002 82.0 51,272 52.6 43.7 0.0 3.7 96.3
2006 83.6 53,554 48.3 46.9 0.0 4.8 95.2
2010 86.1 57,709 46.4 48.2 4.2 1.2 98.8
2014 87.7 61,111 48.0 38.8 9.6 3.6 96.4
2018 89.0 63,334 44.5 40.1 14.1 1.5 98.5

Notable natives

Sites of interest

International relations

Twin towns – sister cities

The municipality is twinned with:[19]

See also

References

  1. "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 1 January 2014. Archived from the original (Microsoft Excel) on 27 September 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  2. "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 31 december 2018" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 21 February 2019. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  3. "Karlstad röstar som Sverige | Forskning & Framsteg | Populärvetenskapligt magasin". Fof.se. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  4. "Som Ljungby röstar – röstar inte Sverige – Statistiska centralbyrån". Scb.se. 6 March 2006. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  5. "Riksdagsvalet 1973 (page 166)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  6. "Riksdagsvalet 1976 (page 161)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  7. "Riksdagsvalet 1979 (page 185)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  8. "Riksdagsvalet 1982 (page 186)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  9. "Riksdagsvalet 1985 (page 187)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  10. "Riksdagsvalet 1988 (page 167)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  11. "Riksdagsvalet 1991 (page 29)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  12. "Riksdagsvalet 1994 (page 43)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  13. "Riksdagsvalet 1998 (page 40)" (PDF) (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  14. "Valresultat Riksdag Karlstads kommun 2002" (in Swedish). Valmyndigheten. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  15. "Valresultat Riksdag Karlstads kommun 2006" (in Swedish). Valmyndigheten. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  16. "Valresultat Riksdag Karlstads kommun 2010" (in Swedish). Valmyndigheten. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  17. "Valresultat Riksdag Karlstads kommun 2014" (in Swedish). Valmyndigheten. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  18. "Valresultat Riksdag Karlstads kommun 2018" (in Swedish). Valmyndigheten. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  19. "Karlstads kommun samarbetar med kommuner i andra länder". karlstad.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 27 September 2019.

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