|County||Västra Götaland County|
|• Total||625.73 km2 (241.60 sq mi)|
|• Land||406.79 km2 (157.06 sq mi)|
|• Water||218.94 km2 (84.53 sq mi)|
|Area as of January 1, 2010.|
|Population (June 30, 2012)|
|• Density||21/km2 (55/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||SE|
When the first Swedish local government acts went into force in 1863, 20 rural municipal entities (each corresponding to a parish of the Church of Sweden) were created in the area. The municipal reform of 1952 grouped them into three new, larger, units. These were amalgamated in 1967 to form the present municipality.
The two most notable sights in the municipality are the mountain/ridge Kinnekulle (with 306 meters the highest point in the county) and the village Husaby, with an old church and church well, where the first Christian king of Sweden, Olof Skötkonung, is believed to have been baptized.
Population figures from Statistics Sweden.