|County||Västra Götaland County|
|• Total||690.15 km2 (266.47 sq mi)|
|• Land||139.18 km2 (53.74 sq mi)|
|• Water||550.97 km2 (212.73 sq mi)|
|Area as of January 1, 2010.|
|Population (June 30, 2012)|
|• Density||13/km2 (34/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||SE|
The present municipality was created in 1974 through the amalgamation of previous units. The name was taken from the old Sotenäs Hundred.
Approximate inhabitants of the larger population centres in the municipality. Source: Statistics Sweden (2002). They are here ordered after size.
- Hovenäset 200
- Ulebergshamn 300
- Bohus-Malmön 400
- Bovallstrand 500
- Väjern 900
- Smögen 1,400
- Hunnebostrand 2,000
- Kungshamn 3,000 (seat)
Västergötland has been inhabited for several thousands of years. The province, Bohuslän, is among the internationally most known because of its pre-historical remains. The oldest remains in Sotenäs Municipality are from around 6000 BC. From the younger Stone Age are several burial monuments (dolmens). From the Bronze Age and Iron Age are many rock carvings, which the province also otherwise is noted for (especially the northern Tanum Municipality).
With the Christianization of Sweden several churches were erected, starting in the 11th century. The first ones were the churches in Askum and Tossene.
Later, in the 16th century, the industry became dominated by fishing of herring. It dominated the industry for centuries; herring was used in large amounts in Bohuslän - as a basic food but also in the making of oil, wax candles, etc.
- Sotenäs Municipality - Official site