Götene Municipality

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Götene Municipality
Götene kommun
Municipality
Coat of arms of Götene Municipality
Coat of arms
Götene Municipality in Västra Götaland County.png
Country Sweden
County Västra Götaland County
Seat Götene
Area[1]
 • Total 620.7686 km2 (239.6801 sq mi)
 • Land 404.5686 km2 (156.2048 sq mi)
 • Water 216.2 km2 (83.5 sq mi)
  Area as of January 1, 2014.
Population (December 31, 2013)[2]
 • Total 13,028
 • Density 21/km2 (54/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code SE
Province Västergötland
Municipal code 1471
Website www.gotene.se

Götene Municipality (Götene kommun) is a municipality in Västra Götaland County in western Sweden. Its seat is located in the town of Götene.

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.

Localities[edit]

Population figures from Statistics Sweden.

Sister cities[edit]

Götene has a sister city in Lithuania. It is called Pasvalys and has about 37,000 inhabitants, whereof 9,700 live in the urban area Pasvalys.

Tourism[edit]

Götene is part of the Läckö-Kinnekulle tourism area. To boast its geographical uniqueness, it uses a symbol of the Kinnekulle mountain mirroring in Lake Vänern.

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Coordinates: 58°32′N 13°29′E / 58.533°N 13.483°E / 58.533; 13.483