Tanum Municipality

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Tanum Municipality
Tanums kommun
Panorama Köttö and Fjällbacka from Valön 2.jpg
Coat of arms of Tanum Municipality
Tanum Municipality in Västra Götaland County.png
Coordinates: 58°43′N 11°19′E / 58.717°N 11.317°E / 58.717; 11.317Coordinates: 58°43′N 11°19′E / 58.717°N 11.317°E / 58.717; 11.317
CountyVästra Götaland County
 • Total2,351.35 km2 (907.86 sq mi)
 • Land917.24 km2 (354.15 sq mi)
 • Water1,434.11 km2 (553.71 sq mi)
 (31 December 2021)[2]
 • Total12,965
 • Density5.5/km2 (14/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeSE
Municipal code1435

Tanum Municipality (IPA: [ˈtânːɵm];[3] Tanums kommun) is a municipality in Västra Götaland County in southwestern Sweden. Its seat is the town of Tanumshede, with 1,600 inhabitants.

The present municipality was formed in 1971 through the amalgamation of three former units. Before the subdivision reform of 1952, there were seven entities in the area.


The parish is named after the old farm Tanum (Norse Túnheimr), since the first church was built there. The first element is tún 'country courtyard', the last element is heimr 'homestead, farm'.



A rock carving at Tanum

The rock carvings at Tanum have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The heritage area is located around the seat of Tanumshede, covering an area of 18 km2.

Most carvings show men and ships. Several show animals such as oxen and horses.

Tanum Municipality has made its rock carving the subject of its coat of arms.

The Greby grave field, the largest grave field in Bohuslän, lies near the locality of Grebbestad.

Tanum is one of the first municipalities to require urine separation toilets to help combat the looming global shortage of phosphorus.


  1. ^ "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 2014-01-01. Archived from the original (Microsoft Excel) on 2016-09-27. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  2. ^ "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 31 december 2021" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. February 22, 2022. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  3. ^ Jöran Sahlgren; Gösta Bergman (1979). Svenska ortnamn med uttalsuppgifter (in Swedish). p. 24.

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