Falkenberg Municipality

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Falkenberg Municipality
Falkenbergs kommun
Municipality
Coat of arms of Falkenberg Municipality
Coat of arms
Falkenberg Municipality in Halland County.png
Country Sweden
County Halland County
Seat Falkenberg
Area[1]
 • Total 1,825.72 km2 (704.91 sq mi)
 • Land 1,108.89 km2 (428.14 sq mi)
 • Water 716.83 km2 (276.77 sq mi)
  Area as of January 1, 2014.
Population (December 31, 2013)[2]
 • Total 41,912
 • Density 23/km2 (59/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code SE
Province Halland and Västergötland
Municipal code 1382
Website www.falkenberg.se

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

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[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Politics[edit]

The Right Party was the major party until 1931, when the Social Democratic Party gained that position. With the exception of the 1946 election the social democrats won a majority of the seats from 1938 until 1966. Falkenberg has remained a stronghold for the social democrats even after the municipal reform in the early 1970s. The municipality has, however, been run by the centre-right, except for 1994-1998.

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[edit]

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.

# Locality Population
1 Falkenberg 18,972
2 Skogstorp 2,180
3 Slöinge 974
4 Ullared 820
5 Skrea 789
6 Vessigebro 774
7 Glommen 687
8 Vinberg 598
9 Långås 516
10 Älvsered 475
11 Heberg 463
12 Ätran 400
13 Ringsegård 383
14 Bergagård 265
15 Årstad 258
16 Morup 248
17 Vinbergs kyrkby 216

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

The municipality is twinned with:[5]

Notable natives[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (Microsoft Excel) (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  2. ^ "SCB, Befolkningsstatistik 31 December 2013" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved April 2014. 
  3. ^ Valmyndigheten: Procent och mandatfördelning kommunfullmäktigvalet 1998
  4. ^ a b Valmyndigheten: Val till kommunfullmäktige i Falkenberg
  5. ^ http://www.falkenberg.se/kommunen/forvaltningar/kulturochfritid/ungdomochbidrag/vanorter.4.195dd5bfa3247a25d7fff354.html

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