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Westrogothia (Västergötland) is a historical Province (landskap) in the southwest of Sweden. It borders Bahusia, Dalia, Wermelandia, Nericia, Ostrogothia,

Västergötland
Land Götaland
County Västra Götaland County
Area 16,694 km²
Provincial flower
- Swedish
- Latin
Heather
Ljung
Calluna vulgaris
Provincial animal Crane

Map highlighting the location of Westrogothia

Smalandia and Hallandia. It is also bounded by the lakes Vättern and Vänern, as well as the sea at the City of Gothenburg.


Population

The population of Westrogothia is 1,198,806 as of 2004. It distrubutes over four counties as follows:


County

For current affairs see: Västra Götaland County


In 1999 the Skaraborg County, Älvsborg County and Gothenburg and Bohus County were merged into the current Västra Götaland County. The province of Westrogothia is virtually fitted inside the boundaries of the new county, where the main exceptions are the Municipalities of Habo and Mullsjö which are now in the Jönköping County.

County Population
part of Västra Götaland County 1,178,279
part of Jönköping County 16,697
part of Halland County 2,123
part of Örebro County 1,707

History

Main article: History of Westrogothia


The province of Västergötland represents the heartland of Götaland, one of the constituent petty kingdoms before the unification into one Swedish kingdom in the Middle Ages (see Geatish kings).


Geography

Main article: Geography of Westrogothia


Westrogothia was historically divided into chartered cities and into hundreds.


Cities

Hundreds

Västergötland is geographically bounded by the two largest Swedish lakes Vänern and Vättern.

  • Highest mountain: Galtåsen 362 meters
  • National parks: Tiveden, Djurö

Culture

Main article: Culture of Westrogothia


In Westrogothia the Götaland dialect of Swedish is spoken. The dialect has several varieties like the ones spoken in Gothenburg and Sjuhärad, but the main dialectal variety is the Western Götaland dialect, or Västgötska. "Västergötland", literally means Western Götaland.


Heraldry

Main article: Heraldry of Westrogothia


Westrogothia was granted its arms at the time of the funeral of Gustav I of Sweden in 1560. The province is also a duchy and the arms can be represented with the dukal coronet. Blazon: "Per bend sinister Sable and Or, a Lion rampant counterchanged langued and armed Gules between two Mullets Argent in the Sable field."


Dukes of Westrogothia

Since 1772, Swedish Princes have been created Dukes of various provinces. This is solely a nominal title.

  • Prince Carl (1861-1951)
  • Crown Princess Victoria (since the succession reform of 1980)

See also

  • Husaby
  • Läckö Castle
  • Karlsborg Fortress
  • Göta Canal

External links

  • Västergötland (http://www.vastergotland.com/) - Tourist site



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Westrogothia (256 words)
Westrogothia (Västergötland) is a historical Province (landskap) in the southwest of Sweden.
In Westrogothia the Götaland dialect of Swedish is spoken.
Westrogothia was granted its arms at the time of the funeral of Gustav I of Sweden in 1560.
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The population of Westrogothia is 1,198,806 as of 2004.
Main article: Culture of Westrogothia In Westrogothia the Götaland dialect of Swedish is spoken.
Main article: Heraldry of Westrogothia Westrogothia was granted its arms at the time of the funeral of Gustav I of Sweden in 1560.
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