Vilhelmina Municipality

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Vilhelmina Municipality
Vilhelmina kommun
Municipality
Coat of arms of Vilhelmina Municipality
Coat of arms
Vilhelmina Municipality in Västerbotten County.png
Country Sweden
County Västerbotten County
Seat Vilhelmina
Area[1]
 • Total 8,740.5 km2 (3,374.7 sq mi)
 • Land 8,047.87 km2 (3,107.30 sq mi)
 • Water 692.63 km2 (267.43 sq mi)
  Area as of January 1, 2014.
Population (December 31, 2013)[2]
 • Total 6,887
 • Density 0.79/km2 (2.0/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code SE
Province Lapland
Municipal code 2462
Website www.vilhelmina.se
Looking over Volgsjön, a lake adjacent to the town of Vilhelmina. Photo by Aran Johnson, 2004.

Vilhelmina Municipality (Swedish: Vilhelmina kommun) is a municipality in Västerbotten County in northern Sweden. Its seat is located in Vilhelmina.

History[edit]

In 1804 the parish of Volgsjö was renamed Vilhelmina in honour of Queen Frederica Dorothea Wilhelmina of Sweden.

In 1947 the locality Vilhelmina was detached from the rural municipality with the same name, forming the market town (köping) of Vilhelmina. The two entities were reunited in 1965.

Geography[edit]

Like the northern parts of Sweden (colloquial Norrland), it is scarsely populated due to its inhospitable conditions and cold climate, but is superb for those who like wildlife and untouched nature.

The village of Malgovik, about 20 km north of Vilhelmina, holds the record for the lowest temperature ever recorded in Sweden. It was set on December 13, 1941 when the temperature dropped down to -53°C.

Localities[edit]

There is only one locality (or urban area) in Vilhelmina Municipality:[3]

# Locality Population
1 Vilhelmina 3,633

Culture[edit]

Every July the town of Vilhelmina holds a festival called Hembygdsdagarna Vilhelmina. In addition to popular and folk music performances, tradition holds that a local engaged couple is selected each year to get married during the festival. The bride and groom lead a parade of fiddlers and other traditionally dressed Swedes through town to the church where the marriage is performed in front of all who wish to attend. They are not always able to find a couple willing to get married, however, so some years they hold the parade without an engaged couple, and hold a public church service instead of a wedding.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (Microsoft Excel) (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  2. ^ "SCB, Befolkningsstatistik 31 December 2013" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved April 2014. 
  3. ^ Statistics Sweden as of December 31, 2005

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 64°37′N 16°39′E / 64.617°N 16.650°E / 64.617; 16.650