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Västergötland, literally translated as western Götaland, is one of Sweden's most populous provinces. Several different subdivisions have been used during the centuries, and the province has been conjoined with Bohuslän and Dalsland to form the enormous Western Götaland County, with municipal confederations overlapping provincial borders.


Map of Västergötland

  • 1 Alingsås
  • 2 Borås — once the home of the Swedish textile industry, still a centre for fashion design
  • 3 Gothenburg (Göteborg) — By far the largest city in Västergötland, and the second largest in all of Sweden
  • 4 Lidköping
  • 5 Lindome
  • 6 Mariestad
  • 7 Mark
  • 8 Skara — a millennial city, known for its cathedral, and the Skara Sommarland theme park.
  • 9 Skövde — the small town that feels like a city is easy to get to from both Stockholm and Gothenburg.
  • 10 Tidaholm
  • 11 Trollhättan
  • 12 Ulricehamn
  • 13 Vänersborg

Other destinations[edit]

  • 1 Gothenburg archipelago
  • 2 Hornborgasjön — a famous bird reserve at Falköping
  • 3 Karlsborg — a small garrisson town with a large fortress. Sweden's backup capital in the case of a foreign invasion.


Västergötland was the core territory of the Geats, götar, a tribe that has been associated with the Goths. Around AD 1000, they united with the Suiones, svear, to form Sweden. Älvsborg, at present-day Gothenburg, was Sweden's only western port until the 17th century. Västergötland was the centre of the Swedish textile industry, until de-industrialization in the mid-20th century.

The people of Västergötland are rumoured to be humorous and optimistic.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Both Landvetter Airport (GOT IATA) serves Gothenburg, the largest city in the region. Airlines include SAS, FlyMe [1], Lufthansa [2][dead link], KLM [3] and Ryanair [4]. Two other airports in the region are Trollhättan Airport and Halmstad Airport, with flights from Stockholm only.

By train[edit]

Train go to Gothenburg, from Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Kalmar, Luleå and more cities.

Get around[edit]

Public transport in Västra Götaland is organized by Västtrafik.


  • Läckö Castle - A 13th-century castle situated by the Lake Vänern.
  • Lake Hornborga (Hornborgasjön) (Falköping). A must for any bird-lover in the area. Known as the lake where up to 12,000 cranes stop on their way back from warmer countries.
  • At various sites in Tanum you can visit famous Bronze Age rock carvings (Unesco World Heritage). The museum at Vitlycke has a reconstruction of a Bronze Age Farm.




Stay safe[edit]

Though not as cold as further north, western Sweden has the country's wettest and foggiest climate. Occasional flooding of river valleys during severe weather, and thunderstorms. See storms.

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