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Jönköpings län
Coat of arms of Jönköping
Coat of arms
Official logo of Jönköping
Country Sweden
Capital Jönköping
 • Total 10,495.1 km2 (4,052.2 sq mi)
 (March 31 2011)
 • Total 337,013
 • Density 32.11146/km2 (83.1683/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 code SE-F
GDP/ Nominal SEK 79,761 million (2004)
GDP per capita SEK 243,000
NUTS Region SE211

Jönköping County is a county or län in southern Sweden. It borders the counties of Halland, Västra Götaland, Östergötland, Kalmar and Kronoberg. The total county population was 356,291 inhabitants in September 2017. The capital and largest city is Jönköping. About one quarter of the total county population lives in the combined Jönköping-Huskvarna urban area around the southern point of Lake Vättern.

Administrative history

Länsstyrelsen i Jönköping
View towards the Jönköping County Administrative Board headquarters in Jönköping

Until the 18th century the administration was housed in the renaissance fortress at Jönköping Castle, which was demolished in the 19th century; the former site of the castle is still the site of the County Administrative Board building and the Governor's residence.

The main aim of the County Administrative Board is to fulfill the goals set in national politics by the Riksdag and the Government, to coordinate the interests and promote the development of the county, to establish regional goals and safeguard the due process of law in the handling of each case. The County Administrative Board is a Government Agency headed by a Governor. The seat of residence for the Governor or Landshövding is the city of Jönköping.

Minoo Ahtarzand 2013
Former Governor Minoo Akhtarzand in 2013

The present acting Governor (landshövding) of Jönköping County is Anneli Wirtén.

The main responsibilities of the County Council of Jönköping, are the regional public healthcare system and public transport. The County Council Assembly, which is the elected body for regional municipal issues, is elected every four years concurrently with the Riksdag elections.

The county's best-known parliamentary representative was the late Olof Palme, leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party from 1969 to 1986, and twice Prime Minister of Sweden from 1969 to 1976 and from 1982 to 1986.

Jönköping County is the strongest electoral region of the Christian Democrats, who traditionally have a large following among members of evangelical churches in the region. The Social Democrats have historically been strong in mill towns and industrial districts of Jönköping County.


Jönköping County
Municipalities of Jönköping County
  1. Aneby
  2. Eksjö
  3. Gislaved
  4. Gnosjö
  5. Habo
  1. Jönköping
  2. Mullsjö
  3. Nässjö
  4. Sävsjö
  5. Tranås
  1. Vaggeryd
  2. Vetlanda
  3. Värnamo
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