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Västmanland
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The provinces of Sweden with Västmanland highlighted
Land Svealand
Main corresponding county Västmanland County,
Örebro County
Indigenous dialect(s) {{{dialects}}}
Area 8,363 km²
Flower Mistletoe
Animal Roe deer

About this sound Västmanland is a historical Swedish province, or landskap, in middle Sweden. It borders Södermanland, Närke, Värmland, Dalarna and Uppland.

The name comes from "West men", referring to the people west of Uppland, the core province of early Sweden.

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Administration

The traditional provinces of Sweden serve no administrative or political purposes, but are historical and cultural entities. In the case of Västmanland the corresponding administrative county, Västmanland County, constitutes the eastern part of the province. The western part is in Örebro County.

Heraldry

The coat of arms was granted in 1560. At the time it featured one fire mountain, to represent the mine of Sala Municipality. Soon, their numbers were increased to three, to also symbolize the Lindesberg and Norberg/Skinnskatteberg mines and the present blazon was ratified in 1943.[1] Blazon: "Argent, in base tripple Mount Azure issuant from each Flames Gules." When crowned with a dukal coronet it represents the province. However rather different in size Västmanland County was granted the same CoA in 1943.

Geography

The terrain is to the north and north-west rocky. In these parts the highest mountains are located: Älvhöjden with 422 meters, and Gillersklack with 408 meters.

In the other parts it consists mostly of plains.

The largest lake is Mälaren marking the southern border, Sweden's third largest lake.

Western Västmanland traditionally belonged to the mining district of Bergslagen.

History

The oldest city of Västmanland is Västerås, founded sometime around 990. The city was once the provincial capital, and from 1120 the seat of the diocese of Västerås. Västerås is today also the largest city in the province, with 130,000 inhabitants in the municipality.

After that Arboga, was chartered in the 12th century, Köping in 1474, Sala in 1624; Lindesberg and Nora both in 1643, and finally Fagersta in 1944. With city status in Sweden being abolished in 1971, these are solely historical titles.

The mines of Norberg and Skinnskatteberg began being in use in the 14th century. The mine of Lindesberg was being cultivated in the early 16th century.

Dukes of Västmanland

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

Culture

Engelsberg Ironworks is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Subdivisions

Västmanland was historically divided into districts. Within Bergslagen they were called mountain districts (bergslag), and in the rest of the province hundreds.

References

  1. ^ Neveus, de Wærn: Ny svensk vapenbok, 1992

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Coordinates: 59°45′N 16°20′E / 59.75°N 16.333°E / 59.75; 16.333


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Europe : Scandinavia : Sweden : Svealand : Västmanland
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Västmanland is a province in the Svealand region in Sweden.

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Västmanland County

For Västmanlands county the industry has been an important factor for the development over many centuries, and it still is. For example Engelsbergs Bruk, built in 1681, is since 1993 on the UNESCO: s world heritage list. It is the only one in Sweden still intact, in machinery and buildings. Today the industrial heritage has put Västmanland in the front row regarding technical knowledge.

The county is a mix of nature, with interesting and lovely environments. In the south is Lake Mälarens wide and beautiful landscape which hosts a variety of birds and flowers. In the north you can find the hilly mountains, the valleys and the deep forests. The county is between the Swedish lowland and the hilly country of the north.

Do you want to know more? Please visit www.vastmanland.se [1].

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Västmanland

  1. An historical province (landskap) of Sweden, located in the middle of the country somewhat west of Stockholm

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