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Skåne County (Skåne län) is the southernmost county or län, of Swedenmarker, basically corresponding to the historical province Scania. It borders the counties of Hallandmarker, Kronoberg and Blekingemarker. The seat of residence for the Skåne Governor is the town of Malmömarker. The headquarters of Region Skåne is the town of Kristianstadmarker.

The present county was created in 1997 when Kristianstad Countymarker and Malmöhus County were merged.

Skåne County covers around 3% of Sweden's total area, but its population of 1,200,000 comprises 13% of Sweden's total population.


The coat of arms for Skåne County is the same as for the province of Scania only with the tinctures reversed and the crown, beak and tongue of the Griffin in the same color. When the arms is shown with a royal crown it represents the County Administrative Board, which is the regional presence of (royal) government authority. Blazon: "Gules, a Griffin's head erased Or, crowned and armed the same".


Skåne County is the administrative equivalent of the province of Scania, but it also includes an insignificant part of the province Hallandmarker.


The seat of residence for the Governor or Landshövding is the town of Malmö. The County Administrative Board is a Government Agency headed by a Governor. See List of Skåne Governors.

The two former administrative counties of the province of Scania shown on the map, Kristianstad Countymarker and Malmöhus County, which were established in 1719 were merged together in 1997, forming the present county with boundaries that are almost identical to the boundaries of the province.

County council

Skåne Regional Council (Region Skåne) is an evolved County Council, which was established in 1999 whwn the County Councils of the former counties were amalgamated. Its main responsibilities are for the public healthcare system and public transport. In addition, it has for a trial period assumed certain tasks from the County Administrative Board.

Its county or regional assembly is the highest political body in the region and its members are elected by the electorate, as opposed to the county administrative board, that guards the national interests in the county under the chairmanship of the county governor (landshövding in Swedish).


Skåne County is subdivided into 33 municipalities(kommuner in Swedish), the largest being Malmö Municipalitymarker (280,000 inhabitants), Helsingborg Municipalitymarker (124,000), Lund Municipalitymarker (103,000 inhabitants) and Kristianstad Municipalitymarker (75,000 inhabitants). The municipalities have municipal governments, similar to city commissions, and are further divided into parishes. The parish division is traditionally used by the Church of Sweden, but also serves as a divisioning measure for Swedish census and elections.

  1. Bjuvmarker
  2. Bromöllamarker
  3. Burlövmarker
  4. Båstadmarker
  5. Eslövmarker
  6. Helsingborgmarker
  7. Hässleholmmarker
  8. Höganäsmarker
  9. Hörbymarker
  10. Höörmarker
  11. Klippanmarker
  1. Kristianstadmarker
  2. Kävlingemarker
  3. Landskronamarker
  4. Lommamarker
  5. Lundmarker
  6. Malmömarker
  7. Osbymarker
  8. Perstorpmarker
  9. Simrishamnmarker
  10. Sjöbomarker
  11. Skurupmarker
  1. Staffanstorpmarker
  2. Svalövmarker
  3. Svedalamarker
  4. Tomelillamarker
  5. Trelleborgmarker
  6. Vellingemarker
  7. Ystadmarker
  8. Åstorpmarker
  9. Ängelholmmarker
  10. Örkelljungamarker
  11. Östra Göingemarker

Localities in order of size

The ten most populous localities of Skåne County as defined by Statistics Sweden 2005:

# Locality Population
1 Malmömarker 258,020
2 Helsingborgmarker 91 457
3 Lundmarker 76 188
4 Kristianstadmarker 33 083
5 Landskronamarker 28 670
6 Trelleborgmarker 25 643
7 Ängelholmmarker 22 537
8 Hässleholmmarker 22 548
9 Ystadmarker 17 286
10 Eslövmarker 16 551


The motorway built between Malmö and Lund in 1953 was the first motorway in Sweden. With the opening of the Oresund bridgemarker between Malmömarker and Copenhagenmarker (the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe) in 2000, the Swedish motorways were linked with European route E20 in Denmark, and the two countries' railway systems were physically connected. Before the bridge was built there were train ferries operated between Helsingborg and Helsingør. There are also train ferries to and from Germanymarker and Polandmarker.

Scania has three major public airports, Malmö Airportmarker, Ängelholm-Helsingborg Airportmarker and Kristianstad Airportmarker. One of the oldest airports in the world still in use is located in Scania, namely Ljungbyhed Airport, in operation since 1910. Starting in 1926, theSwedish Air Force used the airport for flight training, and up until the military school was moved to the nearby Ängelholm F10 Wing in 1997,the airport was extremely busy. In the late 1980s, it was Sweden's busiest airport, with a record high of more than 1,400 take-offs and landings per day.

The major ports of Scania are Copenhagen Malmö Port and Helsingborgmarker Harbour. Ferry connections across the Baltic Seamarker operate from several smaller ports as well.


  1. About Region Skåne. Region Skåne. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  2. Region Skåne. Democracy-Increased autonomy. Official site. Retrieved 24 August 2007.
  3. Region Skåne. Municipalities in Skåne. Official site. Retrieved 24 August 2007.
  4. Ljungbyhed airport - ESTL. Fact sheet created by Lund University School of Aviation. Retrieved 22 January 2007.

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