Tjörn Municipality

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Tjörn Municipality
Tjörns kommun
Municipality
Coat of arms of Tjörn Municipality
Coat of arms
Tjörn Municipality in Västra Götaland County.png
Country Sweden
County Västra Götaland County
Seat Skärhamn
Area[1]
 • Total 845.94 km2 (326.62 sq mi)
 • Land 167.36 km2 (64.62 sq mi)
 • Water 678.58 km2 (262.00 sq mi)
  Area as of January 1, 2014.
Population (December 31, 2013)[2]
 • Total 15,050
 • Density 18/km2 (46/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code SE
Province Bohuslän
Municipal code 1419
Website www.tjorn.se

Tjörn Municipality (Tjörns kommun) is a municipality that covers the island of Tjörn in Västra Götaland County in western Sweden. Its seat is located in the town of Skärhamn.

Tjörn is the sixth largest Swedish island. It is located in the province of Bohuslän.

The former municipal entities on the island and adjacent islets were united to form Tjörn Municipality in 1952.

The industry was for centuries dominated by fishing and boat production. The largest employers are still the shipping company TransAtlantic (formerly known as B&N) and the shipyards Djupviks varv and Rönnängs varv.

Geography[edit]

Tjörn is connected in the east to the town of Stenungsund on the mainland by the Tjörn bridge, and to the island of Orust in the north by the Skåpesund bridge. The largest town is Skärhamn, and it is also the municipal capital. Other communities, many of which are fishing communities, include Rönnäng, Klädesholmen and Kyrkesund. The island of Mjörn, north-east of Tjörn, has beautiful scenery and large shell banks.

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Tourism[edit]

Boats at Kyrkesund, Tjörn

During the summer, the population swells from 15,000 to 30,000 as vacationers arrive for yachting and swimming. Skärhamn has an ample guest harbor to accommodate yachters travelling along the Swedish west coast. The town of Skärhamn is the place of the Nordic Watercolour Museum (Akvarellmuseet).

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Coordinates: 58°00′N 11°33′E / 58.000°N 11.550°E / 58.000; 11.550