Uppland

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Uppland
Coat of arms of Uppland
Coat of arms
Sverigekarta-Landskap Uppland.svg
Country Sweden
Land Svealand
Counties Uppsala County
Stockholm County
Area
 • Total 12,813 km2 (4,947 sq mi)
Population (2009)[1]
 • Total 1,433,020
 • Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Ethnicity
 • Languages Uppländska
Stockholmska
Culture
 • Flower Leper lily
 • Animal White-tailed eagle
 • Bird
 • Fish Aspius
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Uppland (About this sound listen ) is a historical province or landskap on the eastern coast of Sweden, just north of Stockholm, the capital. It borders Södermanland, Västmanland and Gästrikland. It is also bounded by lake Mälaren and the Baltic sea. It has an extremely short and strangely shaped land border with Åland, an autonomous province of Finland, on the small uninhabited island of Märket in the Baltic.

The name literally means up land, a name which is commonly encountered in especially older English literature. Its Latinised form, which is occasionally used, is Uplandia.

Administration[edit]

The traditional provinces of Sweden serve no administrative or political purposes, but are historical and cultural entities. The corresponding administrative county, or län, is Uppsala County, which occupies the larger part of the territory. The bulk of the population, however, is within Stockholm County. Minor parts of the province are also in Västmanland County, Gävleborg County and Södermanland County.

Heraldry[edit]

Arms granted in 1560. Historically Uppland ranked as a duchy and the coat of arms is represented with a dukal coronet. Blazon: "Gules, a Royal Orb Or gemmed of the field and Azure with the cross bottoned Argent." Despite the fact that the Uppsala län has a different name and a smaller territory it was granted the same coat of arms in 1940.

Geography[edit]

Uppland was historically divided into chartered cities and districts. Within Roslagen they were called skeppslag (which roughly means "ship district"), and in the rest of the province hundreds. The abovementioned districts and cities have no administrative function today.

Cities[edit]

Districts[edit]

Facts[edit]

Population[edit]

The population of Uppland was 1,433,020 as of December 31, 2009. The provincial population corresponds to the different overlapping counties as follows:[1]

County Population
Stockholm County, partly 1,101,238
Uppsala County, partly 330,683
Västmanland County, partly 1,099

History[edit]

The earliest unambiguous mention of the province of Uppland comes from the 1296, when it was mentioned that it included the Folklands of Fjärdhundraland, Attundaland, Tiundaland and Roslagen. The Swedish capital of Stockholm is divided between two provinces. The southern half lies in Södermanland and the northern half in Uppland.

Dukes and Duchess[edit]

Religion[edit]

Uppsala is the seat of the only (formerly Catholic) archbishop of the Lutheran Church of Sweden.

Culture[edit]

The archaeological site Birka and the castle of Drottningholm are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Sports[edit]

Football in the province is administered by Upplands Fotbollförbund.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Statistics Sweden

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 60°N 18°E / 60°N 18°E / 60; 18