Västmanland ( Listen (help·info)) is a historical Swedish
province, or landskap, in middle Sweden. It borders Södermanland,
Dalarna and Uppland.
The name comes from "West men", referring to the people west of
Uppland, the core province of early Sweden.
4.1 Dukes of Västmanland
6 Notable residents
10 External links
The traditional provinces of
Sweden serve no administrative or
political purposes (except sometimes as sport districts), but are
historical and cultural entities. In the case of
corresponding administrative county,
Västmanland County, constitutes
the eastern part of the province. The western part is in Örebro
The coat of arms was granted in 1560. At the time it featured one fire
mountain, to represent the mine of Sala Municipality. Soon, their
numbers were increased to three, to also symbolize the
Skinnskatteberg mines and the present blazon was ratified in
1943. Blazon: "Argent, in base tripple Mount Azure issuant from
each Flames Gules." When crowned with a dukal coronet it represents
the province. However rather different in size
Västmanland County was
granted the same CoA in 1943.
The terrain is to the north and north-west rocky. In these parts the
highest mountains are located: Älvhöjden with 422 meters, and
Gillersklack with 408 meters.
In the other parts it consists mostly of plains.
The largest lake is
Mälaren marking the southern border, Sweden's
third largest lake.
National parks: Färnebofjärden
Västmanland traditionally belonged to the mining district of
In 2014, the area around
Ramnas saw the largest forest fire in Sweden
in modern times.
The oldest city of
Västmanland is Västerås, founded sometime around
990. The city was once the provincial capital, and from 1120 the seat
of the diocese of Västerås.
Västerås is today also the largest
city in the province, with 140,000 inhabitants in the municipality.
After that Arboga, was chartered in the 12th century, Köping in 1474,
Sala in 1624;
Lindesberg and Nora both in 1643, and finally Fagersta
in 1944. With city status in
Sweden being abolished in 1971, these are
solely historical titles.
The mines of
Skinnskatteberg began being in use in the
14th century. The mine of
Lindesberg was being cultivated in the early
Dukes of Västmanland
Since 1772, Swedish Princes have been created Dukes of various
provinces. This is solely a nominal title.
Prince Erik (1889–1918)
Engelsberg Ironworks is a
UNESCO World Heritage site.
Johan Wilhelm Dalman
Johan Wilhelm Dalman (1787–1828), physician and naturalist
ABB Arena Syd, the largest permanent indoor arena for bandy in Sweden
Västerås SK is the most successful Swedish bandy team with 20 titles
as of 2017. Several
Bandy World Championship finals have been played
Västmanland was historically divided into districts. Within
Bergslagen they were called mountain districts (bergslag), and in the
rest of the province hundreds.
Grythytte and Hällefors Mountain District
Lindes and Ramsberg Mountain District
New Kopparberg Mountain District
Nora and Hjulsjö Mountain District
Norberg Mountain District
Skinnskatteberg Mountain District
^ "Folkmängd i landskapen den 31 december 2016" (in Swedish).
Statistics Sweden. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 2017-11-27.
^ Neveus, de Wærn: Ny svensk vapenbok, 1992
^ "King Carl Gustaf visits Ramna". Scandinavian Royalty.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Västmanland.
Västmanland — tourism website.
(in Swedish) Nordisk familjebok:
Västmanland article — from Nordisk
Lands and Provinces of Sweden
Coordinates: 59°45′N 16°20′E / 59.750°N 16.333°E /