|County||Västra Götaland County|
|• Total||281.44 km2 (108.66 sq mi)|
|• Land||265.69 km2 (102.58 sq mi)|
|• Water||15.75 km2 (6.08 sq mi)|
|Area as of January 1, 2010.|
|Population (June 30, 2012)|
|• Density||21/km2 (54/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||SE|
|Density is calculated using land area only.|
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.
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".
Government and politics
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.
Distribution of the 31 seats in the municipal council after the 2010 election:
- Moderate Party 11
- Social Democratic Party 9
- Centre Party 6
- Liberal People's Party 3
- Party of the Swedes 1
- Sweden Democrats 1
Results of the Swedish general election, 2010 in Grästorp:
- Moderate Party 31.6%
- Social Democratic Party 30.5%
- Centre Party 14.1%
- Sweden Democrats 6.3%
- Liberal People's Party 5.2%
- Christian Democrats 4.2%
- Green Party 3.6%
- Left Party 3.5%
- "Statistiska centralbyrån den 1 januari 2010" (Microsoft Excel) (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
- "SCB, Befolkningsstatistik 30 juni 2012" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
- Grästorp Municipality - Official site