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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 with the province currently conjoined with Bohuslän and Dalsland to form the enormous Western Götaland County, with municipal confederations overlapping provincial borders. Here is a rough subdivision of the province:

Municipalities of Västra Götaland County
Sweden's second largest city, with a rich industrial and maritime heritage.
  Suburban Gothenburg (Alingsås, Lerum, Härryda, Mölndal, Partille)
The suburbs of Gothenburg.
  Göta Älvdal (Trollhättan, Vänersborg, Lilla Edet and Ale)
the settlements along Göta river
  Sjuhäradsbygden (Bollebygd, Borås, Herrljunga, Mark, Svenljunga, Tranemo, Ulricehamn, Vårgårda)
once home to the Swedish textile industry, still known for entrepreneurship. Borås is the dominant city.
  Varaslätten (Essunga, Grästorp, Götene, Lidköping, Skara, Vara)
the fertile plain south-east of lake Vänern, with Skara, arguably Sweden's oldest surviving city.
  Vadsbo (Gullspång, Karlsborg, Laxå, Mariestad, Töreboda)
The forested north-eastern area, with the Karlsborg fortress, Göta kanal, and the Tiveden national park.
  Eastern Skaraborg (Falköping, Habo, Hjo, Mullsjö, Skövde, Tibro, Tidaholm)
The region just west of lake Vättern, with Skövde being the dominant city.
  Gothenburg archipelago


Other destinations[edit]


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 (airport code: GOT) [1] [dead link] and Gothenburg City Airport (airport code: GSE) [2] [dead link] serves Gothenburg, the largest city in the region. Airlines include SAS [3] [formerly dead link], FlyMe [4] [dead link], Lufthansa [5], KLM [6] and Ryanair [7]. 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 [8].


  • 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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