Götaland is the southernmost of the three lands that make up Sweden. It is home to almost half of Sweden's population and probably even a larger share of its cultural and historical sights.
|Blekinge (Karlskrona, Karlshamn, Olofström, Ronneby, Sölvesborg)
Once part of Denmark, this province is known for gardens, the southern archipelago with rocky shores, and the base of the Swedish Navy since the 17th century.
|Bohuslän (Kungälv, Lysekil, Munkedal, Orust, Sotenäs, Stenungsund, Strömstad, Tanum, Tjörn, Uddevalla, Öckerö)
A rocky shoreline with Sweden's richest fishery, and a surviving maritime culture.
|Dalsland (Åmål, Bengtsfors, Dals-Ed, Färgelanda, Mellerud)
A quiet, forested province between lake Vänern and the Norwegian mountains.
|Halland (Kungsbacka, Varberg, Falkenberg, Halmstad, Hylte, Laholm)
A coastal land of windy beaches, and a 17th-century battleground in many wars against Denmark.
|Småland (Kalmar, Jönköping, Växjö etc)
A forested province, known for Astrid Lindgren's fairy tales, entrepreneurship, glassmaking, IKEA and a variety of Protestant churches.
This province is dominated by fertile plains, and said to be the cradle of the Geats, with ancient towns such as Skara. The largest city is Gothenburg.
Sweden's second largest island with windmills and long beaches, popular during summer.
Home to Saint Bridget of Sweden, and a rich tradition of engineering in Motala, Linköping and Norrköping.
- Linköping, birthplace of Swedish aviation industry
- Gothenburg, Sweden's second largest city and an important North Sea port
- Halmstad, famous for beaches and golf courses
- Jönköping, the capital of safety matches, nicknamed "Sweden's Jerusalem".
- Kalmar, where a Scandinavian Union was forged in the Middle Ages
- Karlskrona, base for the Swedish Navy
- Norrköping, a quaint industrial city
- Vadstena, home of Bridget (Birgitta), Sweden's best-known saint
- Växjö, seat of the Linnaeus University together with Kalmar
Götaland was the homeland of the Geats, Götar, who have been associated to the legendary Goths. The first king known to rule both Svealand and Götaland was Olof Skötkonung, who ascended the throne around AD 995.
As the waters brought people together, and the forests divided people, Götaland was centered around lakes Vänern and Vättern; as Värmland was originally part of Götaland. Denmark used to rule Skåne, Blekinge, Halland and Bohuslän, while Gotland was independent.
Sweden and Denmark were at war during much of the 16th and 17th century. Much of Götaland was ravaged, Denmark lost the grip of Scandinavian peninsula, and Sweden became the dominant Nordic state.
The dialects of Götaland differ slightly from standard Swedish; the southern ones have a touch of Danish. Most people in Götaland, except the elderly, speak fluent English.
The busiest international airports in or near Götaland are Gothenburg Landvetter Airport, Malmö-Sturup Airport, Copenhagen Airport and Nyköping-Skavsta Airport. Stockholm-Arlanda Airport and Oslo Airport, Gardermoen can also be considered.
Public transport is provided at county level; see public transport in Sweden.