Dalarna County

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For the historical province, see Dalarna.
Dalarna
Dalarnas län
County of Sweden
Coat of arms of Dalarna
Coat of arms
Official logo of Dalarna
 
Country Sweden
Founded 1634
Capital Falun
Government
 • Governor Maria Norrfalk
 • Council Landstinget Dalarna
Area
 • Total 28,188.8 km2 (10,883.8 sq mi)
Population (March 31 2011)[1]
 • Total 276,770
 • Density 9.8/km2 (25/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code SE-W
GDP/ Nominal SEK 62,604 million (2004)
GDP per capita SEK 226,000
NUTS Region SE312
Website www.w.lst.se

Dalarna County (Dalarnas län) is a county or län in middle Sweden. It borders the counties of Jämtland, Gävleborg, Västmanland, Örebro and Värmland. It is also bordered by the Norwegian counties of Hedmark and Sør-Trøndelag in the west. The capital is Falun.

The term Dalarna County is mainly used for administrative purposes, being further subdivided into municipalities (kommuner). Dalarna County virtually encompasses the historical province Dalarna (literally, "the valleys"), that deals with history and culture of the area.

History[edit]

In older times, Dalarna was periodically part of the territory ruled by the governor of Västerås Castle. The 1634 Instrument of Government led to the creation of a county covering Dalarna with its own County Governor. The Kopparbergs län (literally Copper Mountain County) was finally created by royal decree in 1647.[2] In 1997, the name of the county was changed to Dalarna County.

Administration[edit]

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 Dalarna Governors.

Politics[edit]

The County Council of Dalarna or Landstinget Dalarna primarily handles health care and public transportation.

Governors[edit]

Municipalities[edit]

Municipalities of Dalarna County.

Main article: Municipalities of Dalarna

Locations by population[edit]

Pos Locality Population
1 Borlänge 41,734
2 Falun 37,291
3 Avesta 14,506
4 Ludvika 14,498
5 Mora 10,896
6 Hedemora 7,273
7 Leksand 5,934
8 Orsa 5,308
9 Malung 5,126
10 Smedjebacken 5,100
11 Rättvik 4,686
12 Säter 4,429
13 Grängesberg 3,481
14 Insjön 2,149
15 Vansbro 2,026
16 Mockfjärd 1,937
17 Bjursås 1,839
18 Grycksbo 1,825
19 Älvdalen 1,810
20 Långshyttan 1,671
21 Dala-Järna 1,413
22 Djurås 1,278
23 Siljansnäs 1,268
24 Svärdsjö 1,251
25 Vikarbyn 1,171
26 Horndal 1,114
27 Ornäs 1,068
28 Gagnef 1,049

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Heraldry[edit]

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

See also[edit]

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Coordinates: 60°40′43″N 15°36′02″E / 60.678559°N 15.600586°E / 60.678559; 15.600586