Blekinge County

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Blekinge län
Coat of arms of Blekinge
Coat of arms
Official logo of Blekinge
 • GovernorGunvor Engström
 • CouncilLandstinget Blekinge
 • Total3,039.4 km2 (1,173.5 sq mi)
 (Dec. 31, 2013)[1]
 • Total152,757
 • Density50/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeSE-K
GDP/ NominalSEK 34,566 million (2004)
GDP per capitaSEK 231,000
NUTS RegionSE221

Blekinge County (Blekinge län) is a county or län in the south of Sweden. It borders the Counties of Skåne, Kronoberg, Kalmar and the Baltic Sea. The capital is Karlskrona. It is the smallest of the present administrative counties of Sweden, covering only 0,7% of the total area


For History, Geography and Culture, see: Blekinge

Blekinge, the historical province Blekinge, has virtually the same boundaries as the current administrative entity, Blekinge County.


Blekinge County was a part of Kalmar County between 1680 and 1683, due to the foundation of the naval base at Karlskrona.

The main aim of the County Administrative Board is to fulfil the goals set in national politics by the Riksdag and the Government, to coordinate the interests and promote the development of the county, to establish regional goals and safeguard the due process of law in the handling of each case. The County Administrative Board is a Government Agency headed by a Governor. See List of Blekinge Governors.


The County of Blekinge inherited its coat of arms from the province of Blekinge. When it is shown with a royal crown it represents the County Administrative Board.


Blekinge County Council, or Landstinget Blekinge, is a municipal entity that is independent of, but coterminous with, the County Administrative Board. Its main responsibilities lie in health care and public transportation issues for the county.

After the Swedish general election in 2014, the Blekinge County council are represented by the following political parties:

Moderate Party Christian Democrats Centre Party Liberal People's Party Green Party Social Democratic Party Left Party Sweden Democrats others
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
19 247 19,0 9 3 583 3,5 2 5 871 5,8 3 5 318 5,3 2 5 089 5,0 2 39 790 39,3 19 5 450 5,4 3 14 308 14,1 7 2 497 2,5 0



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Population as of 2009-12-31 Blekinge county total 152 591, 1.6% of the nation.

Localities in order of size

The five most populous localities of Blekinge County in 2010:[2]

# Locality Population
1 Karlskrona 35,212
2 Karlshamn 19,075
3 Ronneby 12,029
4 Sölvesborg 8,401
5 Olofström 7,327


  1. ^ "Kvartal 1 2011". Statistics Sweden.
  2. ^ "Tätorter 2010 (Localities 2010)". Statistics Sweden (in Swedish). 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2014.

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Coordinates: 56°14′36″N 14°22′52″E / 56.24335°N 14.381104°E / 56.24335; 14.381104