Swedish Läns(Counties)

The codes are also used in the Emigrant CD


Code

Län / County

A, B, AB

Stockholms city and län

C

Uppsala län

D

Södermanlands län

E

Östergötlands län

F

Jönköpings län

G

Kronobergs län

H

Kalmar län

I

Gotlands län

K

Blekinge län

L

Kristianstads län today Skåne län

M

Malmöhus län today Skåne län

N

Hallands län

O

Göteborg och Bohuslän today Västra Götalands län

P

Älvsborgs län today Västra Götalands län

R

Skaraborgs län today Västra Götalands län

S

Värmlands län

T

Örebro län

U

Västmanlands län

W

Kopparbergs län today Dalarnas län

X

Gävleborgs län

Y

Västernorrlands län

Z

Jämtlands län

AC

Västerbottens län

BD

Norrbottens län

Sweden is traditionally divided into three major regions, they are from south to north- Götaland, Svealand and Norrland

Sweden is also divided into counties as well as into provinces. The provinces are very old and are from early medieval times. There are 25 provinces. The provinces are historical divisions of Sweden and its borders have been the same through the centuries. There is no administrative purpose of these provinces.  

The provinces of Norrland : Gästrikland, Hälsingland, Medelpad, Ångermanland, Västerbotten, Norrbotten, Härjedalen, Jämtland, and Lappland.
The provinces of Svealand: Uppland, Södermanland, Västmanland, Närke, Värmland, and Dalarna.
The provinces of Götaland : Västergötland, Dalsland, Östergötland, Småland, Öland, Gotland, Bohuslän, Skåne, Hälland and Blekinge.

Beside the provinces, Sweden is also divided into a number of counties. The counties are younger than the provinces. The subdivision into counties dates back to 1634 when Sweden adopted a new constitution. The sole purpose of the counties are regional administration.
The borderlines of the counties have changed many times since 1634.The Counties have been divided and merged. Sometimes the border lines have been adjusted a few miles in different directions.

Some provinces are a part of two or three counties, Småland is a part of the three counties of Jönköping, Kronoberg and Kalmar .
Sometimes there is more than one province in a county,Medelpad and Ångermanland are both part of the county of Västernorrland

In 1862 the worldly socken was replaced by the kommun or municipality. The church socken is from 1862 and was called “ församling” (parish) and is the same territorial area as the former socken

A parish is a geographical area, the smallest administrative unit in Sweden . All people in the same parish went to the same church, were registered in the same books, and were buried in the same churchyard

The parish is very important to know because this is where you'll find the church recrods for your ancestors. The Län is also important because sometimes there are parishes by the same name but in different Läns.

 

 

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