|• Total||1,143 km2 (441 sq mi)|
|• Land||962.78 km2 (371.73 sq mi)|
|• Water||180.22 km2 (69.58 sq mi)|
|Area as of January 1, 2010.|
|Population (June 30, 2012)|
|• Density||120/km2 (310/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||SE|
|Density is calculated using land area only.|
The municipality prefers to use the denomination Västerås stad (City of Västerås) for the whole territory, including rural areas.
The municipality evolved gradually during the municipal reforms in Sweden. Most of the amalgamations took place in 1967 and the municipality in its present form was created in 1971. There are 30 original local government units within the present municipality.
The largest towns with pop. figures from 2005:
- Västerås (seat) 107,000 (fifth largest in the country)
- Skultuna 3,200
- Hökåsen 2,800
- Irsta 2,500
- Kvicksund 1,700 (partly in Eskilstuna Municipality)
- Dingtuna 1,000
Twin towns — Sister cities
Västerås is twinned with:
- Lahti, Finland 1940
- Randers Municipality, Denmark 1947
- Ålesund, Norway 1947
- Akureyri, Iceland 1953
- České Budějovice, Czech Republic 1964
- Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina 1969
- Kassel, Germany 1972
- Phenix City, USA
- Gaborone, Botswana 2011
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- "SCB, Befolkningsstatistik 30 juni 2012" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
- "Gaborone, Västerås city councils twin". Gaborone: Daily News. 27 October 2011. Archived from the original on 23 June 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- Västerås Municipality - Official site
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