Blekinge County (Blekinge län) is a county or län in the south of Sweden. It borders the Counties of Skåne, Kronoberg, Kalmar 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
For History, Geography and Culture see: Blekinge
Blekinge, the historical province Blekinge, has virtually 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 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 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.
Main article: Blekinge County Council
Blekinge County Council, or Landstinget Blekinge, is a municipal entity that is independent of, but coterminous with, the County Administrative Board. Its main responsibilities lie in health care and public transportation issues for the county.
Population as of 2009-12-31 Blekinge county total 152 591, 1.6 % of the nation.
- Karlshamn 30 918
- Karlskrona 63 342
- Olofström 13 102
- Ronneby 28 416
- Sölvesborg 16 813
Localities in order of size
The five most populous localities in Blekinge County as defined by Statistics Sweden 2005:
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