Skåne County

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Skåne County (Skåne län) is the southernmost administrative county or län, of Sweden, basically corresponding to the historical province Scania. It borders the counties of Halland, Kronoberg and Blekinge. The seat of residence for the Skåne Governor is the town of Malmö. The headquarters of Region Skåne is the town of Kristianstad.[2]

The present county was created in 1997 when Kristianstad County and Malmöhus County were merged.

Scania County covers around 3% of Sweden's total area, but its population of 1,200,000 comprises 13% of Sweden's total population.

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Endonym and exonym

When the new county was established in 1997, it was decided to name it after the historical province, and it was given the name Skåne län. The counties of Sweden are districts of the central government and exonyms are seldom used for such units. The most common name used in English is Skåne County.[3][4][5]. It is of course possible to use the exonyms Scania County or County of Scania if one prefers that.

Heraldry

The coat of arms for Skåne County is the same as for the province of Scania only with the tinctures reversed and the crown, beak and tongue of the Griffin in the same color. When the arms is shown with a royal crown it represents the County Administrative Board, which is the regional presence of (royal) government authority. Blazon: "Gules, a Griffin's head erased Or, crowned and armed the same".

Provinces

Skåne County is the administrative equivalent of the province of Scania, but it also includes an insignificant part of the province Halland.

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