|County||Västra Götaland County|
|• Total||695.41 km2 (268.50 sq mi)|
|• Land||208.45 km2 (80.48 sq mi)|
|• Water||486.96 km2 (188.02 sq mi)|
|Area as of January 1, 2014.|
|Population (December 31, 2013)|
|• Density||21/km2 (54/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||SE|
The present municipality was formed in 1971, when the City of Lysekil (instituted as such in 1903) was amalgamated with Stångenäs and the island of Skaftö.
Lysekil Municipality borders to the municipalities of Sotenäs (in the north-west), Munkedal (north) and Uddevalla (east). The city of Lysekil is located on the southern tip of the municipality, by the Kattegatt strait.
The bay to the east, marking the border to Uddevalla, is called Gullmarsfjorden, or Gullmarn. It is Sweden's only true fjord. It is 25 km long, between 1-3 km wide, with a maximum depth of 118.5 meters. The depth at the mouth is only 20-40 meters on average, leading to a distinctive marine life in the fjord. Gullmaren is currently Sweden's only marine nature preservation area, and is home to several marine research institutes due to it being an easily studied microclimate.
Some of the municipal islets are considered part of the Gothenburg archipelago. Many islets are like small communities by themselves, with interesting histories of trading, fishing and stone quarrying in addition to their scenic nature.
Due to its geographical location, the industry has always been dominated by fishing, which also shows on its coat of arms. Lysekil was mainly known as a bathing location in Sweden in the 19th century, due to its popular bathing house dating from 1847.
Today tourism plays an important part in the economy of the municipality.
Government and politics
Distribution of the 41 seats in the municipal council after the 2010 election:
- Social Democratic Party 14
- Liberal People's Party 10
- Moderate Party 5
- Communist Party 3
- Lysekilspartiet 2
- Centre Party 2
- Green Party 2
- Left Party 1
- Skaftöpartiet 1
- Sweden Democrats 1
Results of the Swedish general election, 2010 in Lysekil:
- Social Democratic Party 36.7%
- Moderate Party 25.6%
- Liberal People's Party 10.0%
- Green Party 6.5%
- Sweden Democrats 5.8%
- Left Party 5.6%
- Christian Democrats 4.7%
- Centre Party 4.2%
Things to do
In Lysekil you can do quite a lot as a tourist in the summer. You can visit "Havets Hus" ("The House of the Ocean"), which is an aquatic museum that has most of the different ocean animals and plants living around the coast.
If you are the beach type, you can go to Pinnevik, a nice local beach, which offers a good sand beach that is child friendly.
You can take a walk in Stångehuvud, a nature park located not far from Pinnevik. On these rocks grows an amazing amount of different plants. In the summer there is even a guide.
Lysekil Municipality has three sister cities:
It also has one village it sponsors:
- Official page
- Articles Lysekil and sv:Gullmarsfjorden on Swedish Wikipedia
- "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (Microsoft Excel) (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
- "SCB, Befolkningsstatistik 31 December 2013" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved April 2014.