Blekinge County is a county or län in the south of Sweden. It borders the Counties of Skåne, Kronoberg and the Baltic Sea; the capital is Karlskrona. It is the smallest of the present administrative counties of Sweden, covering only 0,7% of the total area of the country. For History and Culture, see: BlekingeBlekinge, the historical province Blekinge, has the same boundaries as the current administrative entity, Blekinge County. Blekinge County was a part of Kalmar County between 1680 and 1683, due to the foundation of the naval base at Karlskrona; the main aim of the County Administrative Board is to fulfil the goals set in national politics by the Riksdag 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 Blekinge Governors; the County of Blekinge inherited its coat of arms from the province of Blekinge.
When it is shown with a royal crown it represents the County Administrative Board. Blekinge County Council, or Landstinget Blekinge, is a municipal entity, independent of, but coterminous with, the County Administrative Board, its main responsibilities lie in health care and public transportation issues for the county. After the Swedish general election in 2014, the Blekinge County council are represented by the following political parties: The current governor of Blekinge County is Moderate Party politician Sten Nordin, appointed on the 1st of October 2017. Population as of 2009-12-31 Blekinge county total 1.6 % of the nation. Karlshamn 30 919 Karlskrona 63 342 Olofström 13 102 Ronneby 28 416 Sölvesborg 16 813 The five most populous localities of Blekinge County in 2010: Blekinge County Administrative Board Blekinge County Council Regional Association of Blekinge
Lomma Municipality is a municipality in Skåne County in southern Sweden, about 10 km north of Malmö. Its seat is located in Lomma with secondary locality Bjärred being of equal population size; the present municipality was created through the amalgamation of the market town Lomma and the rural municipality Flädie. It took place in 1963, between the two nationwide local government reforms of 1952 and 1971; the small municipality borders to Kävlinge Municipality, Burlöv Municipality, Staffanstorp Municipality and Lund Municipality. As Burlöv is notably small, Lomma Municipality borders to Malmö Municipality too, it is situated by Öresund, at the inlet of the small river Höje å. Along the river lies a yacht marina. In the old industrial area along the river new appartements and villas are erected, with some facing the river or the beach; the beaches along its coasts attract visitors from other municipalities. 10 km to the north-east is the university city of Lund, with some 80,000 inhabitants, about the same distance as to Malmö to the south.
Lomma Municipality is considered part of Metropolitan Malmö, showing itself for instance by the 6,500 commuters that live in there. Travelling to and from Lomma Municipality is easy, as a main highway passes straight through the town of Lomma, connecting with Lund and Malmö, with other cities to the north. Geologically, its terrain is completely flat levelled, the custom for south-western Skåne as a whole; the highest location in Lomma Municipality is 40 meters above sea level. The area where Lomma Municipality is now is located between two small rivers, was inhabited by hunters in the Stone Age; the name Lomma can be traced to 1085, in the ensuing centuries it established some wealth thanks to merchancy with the episcopal see in Lund. Nonetheless, the area was only a village until Sweden's first cement works was established in 1871; the ground consists of a certain clay stemming from the last ice age, is available in large quantities in Lomma Municipality. A fledged industry was started in the 1860s, by the end of the century Lomma Municipality had five brick factories.
The bricks from Lomma are yellow of appearance and were regarded as the highest kind of bricks during that century. One church built with those bricks is the church in Lomma, a large neo Gothic church, finished in the 1870s; the coat of arms depicts an anchor - showing the importance of the harbour - and a brick wall, indicating that Lomma Municipality once had city rights as well as its brick industry. There are 3 urban areas in Lomma Municipality. In the table they are listed according to the size of the population as of December 31, 2005; the municipal seat is in bold characters. Lomma and Bjärred combined house about 93% of the municipal population. Of note is Alnarp, where one of the main campuses of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is located. Statistics Sweden Municipalities of Sweden Lomma - Official site Coat of arms article Lomma From Nordisk familjebok
Malmö Municipality, or City of Malmö, is a municipality in Scania, the southernmost Swedish province. When the first Swedish local government acts were implemented in 1863, the Old City of Malmö was made one of the country's 88 city municipalities and the first city council was elected; the municipal territory has been augmented through mergers in 1911, 1915, 1931, 1935, 1952, 1967 and in 1971. In 1971, the city was converted into a municipality of unitary type, like all others in Sweden. Malmö Municipality, styles itself Malmö stad in all cases when it is possible; this is a decision taken by the municipal assembly. It has no effect on the legal status of the municipality. There are four smaller localities in the municipality; the localities are listed in the table according to the size of the population in 2010. The municipal seat is in bold characters. Note that a small part of Malmö is situated in Burlöv Municipality. After a reform on 1 July 2013, Malmö Municipality is divided into five city districts.
They manage public kindergartens and geriatric care within their geographical areas, provide funds for local cultural and recreational activities. There are 136 neighbourhoods. Before the reform on July 2013, Malmö Municipality was divided into ten city districts after the 1996 City District Reform; the municipal legislative body of the municipality is the 61-member municipal assembly, elected by proportional representation for a four-year term. The assembly appoints the municipality's main governing bodies, the 11-member executive committee and the 8 governing commissioners; the executive committee and the commissioners are headed by a municipal commissioner or "mayor". The mayor is Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh of the Social Democratic Party. There are seven political parties represented in the council elected in 2014: Social Democratic Party, Moderate Party, Sweden Democrats, Green Party, Left Party, Liberal People's Party and Feminist Initiative; as of 2011, Malmö has town twinning treaties of co-operation signed with 13 cities.
Of these, cooperation is closest with Newcastle, the province of Chieti and with Vaasa. The complete list of cities is the following: Metropolitan Malmö Malmö stad - official website Malmostadwebbvideo - official YouTube channel
Lund Municipality is a municipality in Skåne County, southern Sweden. Its seat is located in the city of Lund; as most municipalities in Sweden, the territory of Lund Municipality consists of a lot of former local government units, united in a series of amalgamations. The number of original entities is 22. At the time of the nationwide municipal reform of 1952 the number had been reduced to six. In 1967 the rural municipality Torn (itself created in 1952 was added to Lund; the City of Lund was made a unitary municipality in 1971 and amalgamated with Dalby, Genarp, Södra Sandby and Veberöd in 1974 completing the process. Dalby Söderskog, one of Sweden's national parks, is located within the municipality between Dalby and Lund. There are nine urban areas in Lund Municipality. In the table the urban areas are listed according to the size of the population as of December 31, 2010; the municipal seat is in bold characters. The municipality is twinned with the following local government areas: Statistics Sweden Lund Municipality - Official site
Malmö is the largest city of the Swedish county of Skåne County, the third-largest city in Sweden, after Stockholm and Gothenburg, the sixth-largest city in Scandinavia, with a population of 312,012 inhabitants in 2017 out of a municipal total of 338,230. The Malmö Metropolitan Region is home to over 700,000 people, the Øresund Region, which includes Malmö, is home to 4 million people. Malmö was one of the earliest and most industrialized towns of Scandinavia, but it struggled with the adaptation to post-industrialism. Since the construction of the Øresund Bridge, Malmö has undergone a major transformation with architectural developments, it has attracted new biotech and IT companies, students through Malmö University, founded in 1998; the city contains many historic buildings and parks, is a commercial center for the western part of Scania. The earliest written mention of Malmö as a city dates from 1275, it is thought to have been founded shortly before that date, as a fortified quay or ferry berth of the Archbishop of Lund, some 20 kilometres to the north-east.
Malmö was for centuries Denmark's second-biggest city. Its original name was Malmhaug, meaning "Gravel pile" or "Ore Hill". In the 15th century, Malmö became one of Denmark's largest and most visited cities, reaching a population of 5,000 inhabitants, it became the most important city around the Øresund, with the German Hanseatic League frequenting it as a marketplace, was notable for its flourishing herring fishery. In 1437, King Eric of Pomerania granted the city's arms: argent with a griffin gules, based on Eric's arms from Pomerania; the griffin's head as a symbol of Malmö extended to the entire province of Scania from 1660. In 1434, a new citadel was constructed at the beach south of the town; this fortress, known today as Malmöhus, did not take its current form until the mid-16th century. Several other fortifications were constructed, making Malmö Sweden's most fortified city, but only Malmöhus remains. Lutheran teachings spread during the 16th century Protestant Reformation, Malmö became one of the first cities in Scandinavia to convert to this Protestant denomination.
In the 17th century, Malmö and the Scanian region came under control of Sweden following the Treaty of Roskilde with Denmark, signed in 1658. Fighting continued, however. By the dawn of the 18th century, Malmö had about 2,300 inhabitants. However, owing to the wars of Charles XII of Sweden and to bubonic plague epidemics, the population dropped to 1,500 by 1727; the population did not grow much until the modern harbor was constructed in 1775. The city started to expand and the population in 1800 was 4,000. 15 years it had increased to 6,000. In 1840, Frans Henrik Kockum founded the workshop from which the Kockums shipyard developed as one of the largest shipyards in the world; the Southern Main Line was built between 1856 and 1864. In 1870, Malmö overtook Norrköping to become Sweden's third-most populous city, by 1900 Malmö had strengthened this position with 60,000 inhabitants. Malmö continued to grow through the first half of the 20th century; the population had swiftly increased to 100,000 by 1915 and to 200,000 by 1952.
In 1914 Malmö hosted the Baltic Exhibition. The large park Pildammsparken was planted for this large event; the Russian part of the exhibition was never picked down, owing to the outbreak of World War I. On 18 and 19 December 1914, the Three Kings Meeting was held in Malmö. After a somewhat infected period, which included the dissolution of the Swedish-Norwegian Union, King Oscar II was replaced with King Håkon VII in Norway, the younger brother of the Danish King Christian X; as Oscar died in 1907, his son Gustav V became the new King of Sweden, the tensions within Scandinavia were still unclear, but during this historical meeting, the Scandinavian Kings found internal understanding, as well as a common line about remaining neutral in the ongoing war. Within sports, Malmö has been associated with football. IFK Malmö participated in the first edition of Allsvenskan 1924/25, but from the mid-1940s Malmö FF started to rise, since it has been one of the most prominent clubs within Swedish football.
They have won Allsvenskan 23 times in all between 1943/44 and 2017. By 1971, Malmö reached 265,000 inhabitants, but this was the peak which would stand for more than 30 years. By the mid-1970s Sweden experienced a recession that hit the industrial sector hard. Kockums shipyard had become a symbol of Malmö as its largest employer and, when shipbuilding ceased in 1986, confidence in the future of Malmö plummeted among politicians and the public. In addition, many middle-class families moved into one-family houses in surrounding municipalities such as Vellinge Municipality, Lomma Municipality and Staffanstorp Municipality, which profiled themselves as the suburbs of the upper-middle class. By 1985, Malmö had lost 35,000 inhabitants and was down to 229,000; the Swedish financial crises of the early 1990s exacerbated Malmö's decline as an industrial city. However, from 1994 under
Anneli Maria Hulthén is a Swedish politician, the Governor of Skåne since August 2016. A member of the Social Democrats, she served as chairman of the Gothenburg Municipality executive board from 2009 to 2016. Hultén won the Politician Award at the 2011 World Entrepreneurship Forum in Singapore, for her work with Business Region Göteborg and their programmes "Expedition Forward", "Business Emergency Programme" and "Brew House Incubator"
Burlöv Municipality is a municipality in Skåne County in South Sweden in southern Sweden, just north of Malmö. Its seat is located in Arlöv, a community which for geographical and statistical purposes is seen as a part of Malmö; the municipality is one of only a few in Sweden, the only one in Scania, which still contains only the original municipal entity created from the old parish in 1863 and has not been amalgamated. It is the second smallest municipality by area in the country; the municipality has no forests, lakes, or streams, but has an abundance of high-voltage power grids and railroads, as it is on the main line from Malmö to northern Sweden. Like the rest of Scania, much land is used for agriculture and there are several old farms and other sights from the last centuries in the vicinity; the population of Burlöv Municipality increased with 1,000 people between 1986 and 2003, but it decreased last year. The largest part of the population increase has been due to high birth rates. Moving rates have played a small part, is rather equalled, where – as is normal in smaller communities – young people move out and families with children move in.
There are three urban areas in Burlöv Municipality, including Arlöv, which statistically is a part of Malmö. Malmö is located in Malmö Municipality but a part of it sprawls into Burlöv Municipality. In the table they are listed according to the size of the population as of December 31, 2005; the municipal seat is in bold characters. Arlöv is an early industrialized town dominated by multi-storey apartment buildings, with a working class character, its largest industry is Arlöv Sugar Factory, to which large amounts of sugar beets are transported from all around Scania. In Arlöv, the Burlöv Center is located there, it is a large shopping mall in the region, but considered rather expensive. Åkarp and Burlövs egnahem consist of detached house districts. They have a suburban character from where people commute to commercial centres and work within the metropolitan area of southwestern Scania. Arlöv is located in the vicinity of agricultural fields, where the Old Church of Burlöv can be found, in the Burlöv Village.
One of the oldest churches in Scania, it has remained the way it was built in the 12th century, with its oldest parts concreted out of sandstone. The coat of arms depict a sugar beet, the chief industry for a while, a star that symbolizes the Hvilan folk high school, among the first group of folk high schools that were established in 1868; the municipality is twinned with: Anklam, Germany Statistics Sweden Official website Coat of arms Hvilan Folk High School In Swedish only