Westrogothia

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Westrogothia (Västergötland), one of the historical provinces of Sweden (landskap), lies in the southwest of Sweden. Template:Infobox Landskap

It borders Bahusia, Dalia, Wermelandia, Nericia, Ostrogothia, Smalandia and Hallandia. It is also bounded by the lakes Vättern and Vänern, as well as the sea at the City of Gothenburg.

Population

As of 2004 Westrogothia had a population of 1,198,806, distributed over four counties as follows:

Counties

For current affairs see: Västra Götaland County

In 1999 the Skaraborg County, Älvsborg County and Gothenburg and Bohus County merged into the current Västra Götaland County. The province of Westrogothia virtually fits into the boundaries of the new county; the main exceptions, the Municipalities of Habo and Mullsjö now form part of Jönköping County.

County Population
part of Västra Götaland County1,178,279
part of Jönköping County16,697
part of Halland County2,123
part of Örebro County1,707

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.

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 ducal 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 Kings have created princes as Dukes of various provinces - with purely nominal titles.

See also

External links


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