Grästorp Municipality

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Grästorps kommun
Municipality
Coat of arms of Grästorps kommun
Coat of arms
Grästorp Municipality in Västra Götaland County.png
Country Sweden
County Västra Götaland County
Seat Grästorp
Area[1]
 • Total 280.66 km2 (108.36 sq mi)
 • Land 264.68 km2 (102.19 sq mi)
 • Water 15.98 km2 (6.17 sq mi)
  Area as of January 1, 2014.
Population (December 31, 2013)[2]
 • Total 5,641
 • Density 20/km2 (52/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code SE
Province Västergötland
Municipal code 1444
Website www.grastorp.se
Density is calculated using land area only.

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

Grästorp Municipality is located right in the middle of Västra Götaland County, by the shores of Lake Vänern.

In the year 1900 the village Grästorp was detached from Tengene and made a market town (köping). The local government reform of 1952 amalgamated it with twelve surrounding municipalities (among them Tengene). The 1971 reform made the term köping obsolete, thus forming Grästorps kommun without amendment of territory.

Runestone by Sal church

The area has been inhabited at least since the Viking Age as it contains several runestones. To the left a stone by the church at Sal. The inscription reads "Torgård satte denna sten efter Toke, sin frände", meaning "Torgård raised this stone for Toke, his kinsman".


Localities[edit]

The seat Grästorp (pop. 3,000) is the only built-up locality with more than 200 inhabitants in this predominantly rural area.

Government and politics[edit]

In the 2010 elections the white nationalist Party of the Swedes got 102 votes or 2.8 per cent in the elections to the council, giving them one seat and making them the first white nationalist party to get any mandate in a Swedish political assembly since the 1940s.[3][4]

Distribution of the 31 seats in the municipal council after the 2010 election:

Results of the Swedish general election, 2010 in Grästorp:

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Coordinates: 58°20′N 12°40′E / 58.333°N 12.667°E / 58.333; 12.667