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Öckerö Municipality

Öckerö kommun
Coat of airms o Öckerö Municipality
Coat airms
CoontyVästra Götaland Coonty
 • Total511.4 km2 (197.5 sq mi)
 • Laund25.74 km2 (9.94 sq mi)
 • Water485.66 km2 (187.51 sq mi)
 Aurie as o Januar 1, 2014.
 (31 December 2021)[2]
 • Total12,902
 • Density25/km2 (65/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeSE
Municipal code1407

Öckerö Municipality (Öckerö kommun) is a municipality in Västra Götaland Coonty in wastren Swaden. Its seat is locatit in the toun o Öckerö on the main island, which is cried Öckerö an aw.

The municipality consists o islands in the Northren Gothenburg Airchipelago, juist ootside o Gothenburg. Wi a tot aurie o 26.03 km² it is ane o the smawest municipalities o Swaden.

The municipality is ane o vera few in Swaden which haes no been amalgamatit an sicweys still haes the same aurie as the unit formed oot o a pairish (socken) bi the first local govrenment acts o 1862. In the period 1915–1959 thare wur a nummer o municipalsamhällen (a sort o boroughs athin a rural municipality handlin matters o urban character) in the municipality.

Specifics[eedit | eedit soorce]

The municipality consists o ten year-roond inhabitit islands. Thay are considered tae stretch frae a renouned lichthoose cried Vinga fyr up tae the coastal toun o Marstrand in the municipality o Kungälv. The ten islands are named:

  1. Bohus-Björkö
  2. Fotö
  3. Grötö
  4. Hyppeln
  5. Hälsö
  6. Hönö
  7. Kalvsund
  8. Källö-Knippla
  9. Rörö
  10. Öckerö

N.B. that "ö" means "island" in Swedish, hence aw names end wi "ö". E.g. Björkö means "Birch Island".

O thir, Hönö is the lairgest wi some 4,800 indwallers, an Öckerö is fairly lairge wi 3,100 an aw. Housomeivver, aw ten are inhabitit bi Fowk aw year aroond. Maist islands hae brig connection atween ilk ither. Housomeivver, thare is nae road connection tae the mainland, juist caur ferries frae wastren Gothenburg. The ferry connections are guid wi a dense schedule. A local referendum in 2003 in Öckerö Municipality rejectit the plans for a futur brig tae the mainland.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Durin the Viking Age the islands o Öckerö belanged tae the Norse keengs, an the pairt o the coast wis kent as Älvsyssel. In the 13t century the King Håkan Håkansson o Norawa biggit hissel a hoose on Öckerö, acause he wis aften aroond thare wi his navy.

In 1658 or thereabout, the aurie became Swadish thegither wi Bohuslän.

In the middle o the 18t century, the fishin o herring blossomed intae a full scaled industry, an the islands fishing communities flourished for some 50 years.

In the 1950s the coat o airms wur designed. As the main industry haes aaways been fishin, a boat an herrin became seembols. The ten herrins correspond tae the ten islands.

Freemit airtins[eedit | eedit soorce]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (Microsoft Excel) (in Swadish). Stateestics Swaden. Retrieved 18 Apryle 2014.CS1 maint: unrecognised leid (link)
  2. "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 31 december 2021" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 22 Februar 2022. Retrieved 22 Februar 2022.CS1 maint: unrecognised leid (link)
  • The corresponding airticle on Swadish Wikipedia haes been uised as main reference.

Coordinates: 57°42′N 11°39′E / 57.700°N 11.650°E / 57.700; 11.650