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Halland
Hallands län
—  County of Sweden  —

Coat of arms

 
Country Sweden
Capital Halmstad
Government
 - Governor Lars-Erik Lövdén
 - Council Landstinget Halland
Area
 - Total 5,454 km2 (2,105.8 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 - Total 273,537
 - Density 50.2/km2 (129.9/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
GDP/ Nominal SEK 61,339 million (2004)
GDP per capita SEK 221,000
NUTS Region SE231

Halland County (Hallands län) is a county (län) on the western coast of Sweden. It corresponds roughly to the cultural and historical province of Halland. The capital is Halmstad.

It borders the counties of Västra Götaland, Jönköping, Kronoberg, Skåne and the sea of the Kattegat.

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Heraldry

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

Province

Counties mainly serve administrative purposes in Sweden. The culture and history of the area is to be found in its provincial counterpart Halland. The county was designed with virtually the same boundaries as the province. The major exception is a part of Hylte Municipality, which belongs to the province of Småland.

Administration

The main aim of the County Administrative Board is to fulfil the goals set in national politics by the Parliament 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 Halland Governors.

Politics

Among the main responsibilities of the Halland County Council (Landstinget Halland) are public health care issues.

Municipalities

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Sweden's counties are entities for Sweden's municipalities, responsible for such things as child care, education, street planning, etc. Municipalities in Halland County are, from north to south:

(Population as of June 30, 2005)

Localities in order of size

The five most populous localities of Halland County as defined by Statistics Sweden 2005:

# Locality Population
1 Halmstad 55 688
2 Varberg 26 041
3 Falkenberg 18 972
4 Kungsbacka 17 784
5 Onsala 11 375

Future

There is an investigation committee appointed by the government, investigating the best future division and responsibitites of the counties of Sweden, called Ansvarskommittén. They are working long-term, but their preliminary reports suggest a large reduction of the number of counties in Sweden. Halland county is there proposed to be divided in two halves, both to be combined with neighbouring large counties.

External links

Coordinates: 56°43′00″N 12°49′16″E / 56.716566°N 12.821045°E / 56.716566; 12.821045

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