Sotenäs Municipality

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Sotenäs Municipality
Sotenäs kommun
Municipality

Coat of arms
Kintra Swaden
Coonty Västra Götaland Coonty
Seat Kungshamn
Government
Area[1]
 • Total 690.15 km2 (266.47 sq mi)
 • Land 139.18 km2 (53.74 sq mi)
 • Water 550.97 km2 (212.73 sq mi)
  Aurie as o 1 January 2010.
Population (30 Juin 2010)[2]
 • Total 9,114
 • Density 13/km2 (34/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code SE
Province Bohuslän
Municipal code 1427
Website www.sotenas.se
Detailed municipal map

Sotenäs Municipality (Sotenäs kommun) is a municipality in Västra Götaland Coonty in wastren Swaden. Its seat is locatit in the toun o Kungshamn, wi aroond 3,500 inhabitants.

The present municipality wis creatit in 1974 through the amalgamation o previous units. The name wis taken frae the auld Sotenäs Hunder.

Population figurs[eedit | eedit soorce]

Approximate inhabitants o the lairger population centres in the municipality. Source: Statistics Sweden (2002). They are here ordered efter size.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Västergötland haes been inhabitit for several thoosans o years. The province, Bohuslän, is amang the internaitionally maist kent acause o its pre-historical remains. The auldest remains in Sotenäs Municipality are frae aroond 6000 BC. Frae the younger Stane Age are several burial monuments (dolmens). Frae the Bronze Age an Iron Age are mony rock carvins, which the province an aw itherwise is notit for (especially the northren Tanum Municipality).

The name Sotenäs is believit tae hae oreeginatit frae aroond 1000 AD, when an aw the first steps frae the historical hunder, Sotenäs Hunder (or Härad in Swadish), can be tracit.

Wi the Christianization o Swaden several kirks wur erectit, stairtin in the 11t century. The first anes wur the kirks in Askum an Tossene.

Later, in the 16t century, the industry became dominatit bi fishin o herring. It dominatit the industry for centuries; herring wis uised in lairge amoonts in Bohuslän - as a basic fuid but in the makkin o ile an aw, wax candles, etc.

In the 19t century the island Malmön wis stairtit as a quarry. (Note that "Malm" means "rock" in Swadish). The quarry wis kept alive an wis o industrial significance till the 1930s.

The coat o airms wis grantit in 1977 an depicts a halibut. It is built on the insignia for Sotenäs Hunder an haes been uised for centuries.

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