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Administrative divisions of Sweden


Sweden is a unitary state, currently divided into twenty-one counties (län): Stockholm, Uppsala, Södermanland, Östergötland, Jönköping, Kronoberg, Kalmar, Gotland, Blekinge, Skåne, Halland, Västra Götaland, Värmland, Örebro, Västmanland, Dalarna, Gävleborg, Västernorrland, Jämtland, Västerbotten and Norrbotten.


Each county has a County Administrative Board or länsstyrelse, which is a Government appointed board.

It is led by a Governor or Landshövding appointed for a term of six years and the list of succession, in most cases, stretches back to 1634 when the counties were created by the Swedish Lord High Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna.

The main responsibility of the County Administrative Board is to coordinate the development of the county in line with goals set in national politics.

In each county there is also a County Council or landsting which is a policy-making assembly elected by the residents of the county.

Each county further divides into a number of municipalities or kommuner, with a total of 290 municipalities in 2004.

Municipal government in Sweden is similar to city commission government and cabinet-style council government.

A legislative municipal assembly (kommunfullmäktige) of between 31 and 101 members (always an uneven number) is elected from party-list proportional representation at municipal elections, held every four years in conjunction with the national parliamentary elections.

The municipalities are divided into a total of 2,512 parishes, or församlingar.

These have traditionally been a subdivision of the Church of Sweden but still have importance as districts for census and elections.

There are older historical divisions, primarily the twenty-five provinces and three lands, which still retain cultural significance.