The counties of Sweden
This page is about Södermanlands Län, but if you are looking for specific info about one of the other counties (läns) you can click on these links below. On each of these pages I will give you a description of the county and places worth while visiting.
The Swedish counties from south to north:
Götaland (South Sweden):
Västra Götalands län
Svealand (Central Sweden):
Norrland (North Sweden):
Some facts about Södermanlands Län:
Area: 6,062 km2 (1,6% of Sweden)
Population: ± 256,000 ( 2.9% of Sweden)
Density 42 inh./ km2
County capital: Nyköping
The county of Södermanland was established in 1634 and carried then the name Nyköping County. It received its present shape in 1719. Major cities in Södermanland are Eskilstuna (88,027 inhabitants), Nyköping (49,000 inhabitants) and Katrineholm (32,724 inhabitants).
Svealand, Län, Landskap??? The big question!
The system in Sweden is rather confusing (I think). So let me make a try to confuse you as well, LOL :-))
Three parts of Sweden
First of all Sweden is often roughly devided in three main parts and Svealand is the central part of the country. On the map you can see these three parts of Sweden.
- Götaland = South Sweden
- Svealand = Central Sweden
- Norrland = North Sweden
These three parts are further devided in several counties ("Läns" in Swedish). In total there are 21 counties of Sweden. VT uses the Län structure of Sweden, so I am using that too here in my travel pages.
But besides these "Läns" people also refer to the different part of Sweden in "Landskap" (=province). In total there are 25 "Landskap" in Sweden. I've noticed that this is a more used system when talking with Swedes and reading travel books.
So what is so confusing?
Län = Landskap --> but not always!!!
The names of Landskap and Län are often almost the same --> but not always!!!
Officially used is the "Län" system, people often still use the "Landskap" system
Let me take Södermanlands Län as an example.
Is it: Södermanlands Län, Södermanland or Sörmland???
Län = county = Södermanlands län
Landskap = province = Södermanland
The province Södermanland is much bigger then the county of Södermanlands Län. Södermanland includes part of the Stockholms Län (which doesn't exist as landskap). Hahaha, getting confused by now? I am!
To make it even more complicated, the locals don't use either of these names. Hahaha, they often call it Sörmland (an abriviation of Södermanland)
The "Län" or county is a replacement of the "landskap" or province, but lots of people still think in "landskap" here in Sweden. Hahaha, I guess Swedes are stubborn as they changed the system officially from Landskap till Län already in 1634 ;-) Hmmmmm..... although I have to admit that I think in Sweden in "landskap" as well ;-))
Welcome to Södermanlands Län
In these general tips I want to give you some general info about Södermanlands Län, its history and its culture. Let me start by giving you an idea where Södermanlands Län is located. Roughly described you can say that Södermanlands Län is in the central part of Sweden just south of Lake Mälaren and west of Stockholm. You can also refer to Södermanlands Län as the south-eastern parts of Svealand (see next tip).
Södermanlands Län Hotels
Hamngatan 9-11, Eskilstuna, Södermanland, 63220, Sweden
Good for: Business
Folkungavagen 1, Nykoping, 611 34, SE
Good for: Families
Just north of Gnesta there is a manor house called Sodertuna slott in a countryside atmosphere.more
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