Westrogothia (Västergötland) is a historical Province (landskap) in the southwest of Sweden. It borders Bahusia, Dalia, Wermelandia, Nericia, Ostrogothia,
|Land ||Götaland |
|County ||Västra Götaland County |
|Area ||16,694 km² |
|Provincial flower |
|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.
The population of Westrogothia is 1,198,806 as of 2004. It distrubutes over four counties as follows:
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 |
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).
Main article: Geography of Westrogothia
Westrogothia was historically divided into chartered cities and into hundreds.
Västergötland is geographically bounded by the two largest Swedish lakes Vänern and Vättern.
- Highest mountain: Galtåsen 362 meters
- National parks: Tiveden, Djurö
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.
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)
- Läckö Castle
- Karlsborg Fortress
- Göta Canal
- Västergötland (http://www.vastergotland.com/) - Tourist site