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The Swedish Counties (Län)

The counties of Sweden (Swedish: län) are an regional administrative subdivision of Sweden. Sweden is today (2016) divided into 21 counties; however, the numbers of counties has varied over time, due to territorial gains/losses and to divisions and/or mergers of existing counties. This level of administrative unit was first established in 1634 and superseded the historical provinces of Sweden (Swedish: landskap) in order to introduce a more efficient administration of the realm. The county borders often follow the provincial borders.

The Swedish Counties from 1998

Map:

The Swedish Counties prior to 1998

These maps below shows the Swedish counties prior to 1998.

Swedish Counties / Svenska län

County codes / Länsbokstäver (from 1998)

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County codes prior to 1998 / Länsbokstäver före 1998

Map of Sweden with the county codes from 1998

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History Hans Högman
Copyright © Hans Högman 2017-08-31

The Swedish Counties (Län)

The counties of Sweden (Swedish: län) are an regional administrative subdivision of Sweden. Sweden is today (2016) divided into 21 counties; however, the numbers of counties has varied over time, due to territorial gains/losses and to divisions and/or mergers of existing counties. This level of administrative unit was first established in 1634 and superseded the historical provinces of Sweden (Swedish: landskap) in order to introduce a more efficient administration of the realm. The county borders often follow the provincial borders.

The Swedish Counties from 1998

Map:

The Swedish Counties prior to 1998

These maps below shows the Swedish counties prior to 1998.

County codes / Länsbokstäver

(from 1998)

County codes prior to 1998 /

Länsbokstäver före 1998

Map of Sweden with the county

codes from 1998