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Munkedal Municipality

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Munkedal Municipality

Munkedals kommun
Coat of airms o Munkedal Municipality
Coat airms
CoontyVästra Götaland Coonty
 • Total675.01 km2 (260.62 sq mi)
 • Laund634.01 km2 (244.79 sq mi)
 • Water41 km2 (16 sq mi)
 Aurie as o Januar 1, 2014.
 (31 December 2021)[2]
 • Total10,588
 • Density16/km2 (41/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeSE
ProvinceBohuslän an Dalsland
Municipal code1430

Munkedal Municipality (Munkedals kommun) is a municipality in Västra Götaland Coonty in wastren Swaden. Its seat is locatit in the toun o Munkedal.

The naition-wide municipal reform o 1952 saw the creation o Munkedal, Svarteborg, Sörbygden an Ödeborg as lairger rural municipalities. Awready in 1967 Ödeborg wis dissolvit an pairts o it addit tae Munkedal. Feenally, in 1974 Svarteborg an Sörbygden wur mergit intae Munkedal formin the present unit.

The name

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The municipality is namit efter the auld ferm Munkedal. This ferm wis awned bi the monks at Dragsmark Abbey. The last element is dal 'dale, valley'.


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Munkedal is locatit 110 km north o Gothenburg. The geography is a variet terrain, covered wi pairt forests, pairt muntains, pairt plains an pairt lakes an streams.


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Inhabitants 2005:


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This aurie in wastren Swaden, bi the Norse border, haes been inhabitit aiblins langer than ony ither in Swaden. Distinctives for Munkedal are some tuils that hae been datit tae 8000 BC, foond aroond 1900 at a ferm namit Herregårda. Thare is a petroglyph aurie cried Lökeberg på Tungenäset an aw, datit tae the Nordic Bronze Age.

In the medieval age, a monastery o Dragsmark wis locatit athin the current municipal borders. It subsequently led tae the name Munkedal, an the names chosen for the municipality whan it wis established in 1974 wi the reform. The coat o airms an aw portrait a medieval scroll an writin pen, characteristics for monks.


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Munkedal haes 8 pairishes, the sub diveesionin uised bi the Kirk o Swaden. Thair indwallers 1 Januar 2005 an chynges syne 1 Januar 2004 are:

  • Foss 5,020 -52
  • Svarteborg 2,683 +12
  • Krokstad 1,043 +-0
  • Håby 468 +12
  • Hede 495 +10
  • Bärfendal 248 +8
  • Valbo Ryr 262 -9
  • Sanne 186 -10

Source: [1] Archived 2005-02-05 at the Wayback Machine


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The Munkedal Railroad, a narrow gauge museum railwey, inauguratit in 1896. A railwey museum is situatit bi it an aw.

The aurie, troubled bi battles atween Norse an Swadish airmies, haes several defence structurs that can be visitit. In addition, thare are mony auld kirks frae the medieval age o interest.


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  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)

Freemit airtins

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Coordinates: 58°29′N 11°41′E / 58.483°N 11.683°E / 58.483; 11.683