Blekinge (Swedish pronunciation: [²bleːkɪŋɛ]) is one of the traditional provinces of Sweden (landskap), situated in the south of the country. It borders Småland, Scania and the Baltic Sea. It is the country's second-smallest province by area (only Öland is smaller), and the smallest province located on the mainland.

The name "Blekinge" comes from the adjective bleke, which corresponds to the nautical term for "dead calm".

Mölleryds Nature Reserve
Mölleryds Nature Reserve
Coat of arms of Blekinge

Coat of arms
Sverigekarta-Landskap Blekinge
Country Sweden
CountyBlekinge County
 • Total3,055 km2 (1,180 sq mi)
(31 December 2016)[1]
 • Total158,453
 • Density52/km2 (130/sq mi)
 • LanguageSwedish
 • FlowerOak and mullein
 • AnimalLucanus cervus
 • BirdNuthatch
 • FishCod
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area codes0454–0457


The historical provinces of Sweden serve no administrative function. However, Blekinge is the only province, besides Gotland, which covers exactly the same area as the administrative county, which is Blekinge County.

Blekinge was granted its current arms in 1660 at the time of the funeral of King Charles X Gustav of Sweden (1622–1660) based on a seal from the 15th century. Symbolically the three crowns from the Coat of arms of Sweden had been placed on the trunk of the tree to mark the change in status of the former Danish province, that now belonged to Sweden. The arms is represented with a ducal coronet. Blazon: "Azure, an Oak Tree eradicated Or ensigned with three Crowns palewise of the same."[2]


Relative to the rest of Sweden Blekinge has warm summers and mild winters.[3] Blekinge has a scenic archipelago and is sometimes called "Sweden's garden" (Swedish: Sveriges trädgård).[4]

The nature of Blekinge is characterized by its oak forests with occasional hazel and common hornbeam.[3] The relief is an uneven joint valley terrain with straight and narrow valley bottoms that widen towards the coast.[3] Bedrock in Blekinge is mostly granite and gneiss of the Blekinge-Bornholm rock province.[3][5]


Blekinge became part of the kingdom of Denmark at some point in the early 11th century – most likely 1026. Its status before then is unknown. It then remained a Danish province for over 600 years, and together with the provinces of Skåne and Halland, it made up Skåneland. The eastern part of the Danish kingdom where Scanian Law (Skånske Lov) prevailed. As a border province, Blekinge was often raided and looted by Swedish troops during Danish–Swedish wars. In 1658, it was ceded to Sweden according to the Treaty of Roskilde and has remained Swedish ever since.[6]

During the Danish era, the port town of Sölvesborg was the seat of the administration in the western part of the province and Kristianopel in the eastern part. Notable fortifications during this period included sites at Elleholm, Sölvesborg, Lyckeby and Avaskär. Towns in Blekinge with city privileges were: Ronneby (1387), Sölvesborg (1445), Elleholm and Kristianopel. After the Swedish takeover two new towns, Karlshamn (chartered in 1664) and Karlskrona (1680), were built, and the populations of Ronneby and Kristianopel were forcibly relocated to them. Karlskrona has for more than 300 years been the principal naval base in Sweden.[7] [8]


Hundreds (in Götaland incl. Blekinge called härad in Swedish, in Svealand called hundare) were the historical subdivisions of a Swedish province. Blekinge's hundreds were Bräkne Hundred, Eastern Hundred, Lister Hundred, and Medelstad Hundred.


In Blekinge, two main dialects exist. The dividing line between them has historically been the river Mörrumsån, near the historical site of Elleholm. West of this divide, the dialect was historically closely related to Danish and eastern Scanian, which is most likely an effect of the former administrative links to Scania. East of this divide, the dialect has more in common with Småland dialects. Today, this divide is not as significant as before, with the exception of Listerlandet with its special language. The eastern dialect of Danish can also be found on the Danish island of Bornholm. The variety is called Blekingska, but should rather be divided into Western Blekingska(or Västblekingska) and Eastern Blekingska (or Östblekingska).


Until 2018, Blekinge was one of the six Swedish provinces which had never been a ducal province. On March 12, 2018, King Carl XVI Gustaf gave his newborn granddaughter, Princess Adrienne the title of Duchess of Blekinge.[9]


Football in the province is administered by Blekinge Fotbollförbund.

See also


  1. ^ "Folkmängd i landskapen den 31 december 2016" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Karl X Gustav – en våghals på tronen". Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Naturgeografisk regionindelning av Norden (in Swedish). Nordiska ministerrådet. 1984. p. 111–112.
  4. ^ "På tur i Sveriges trädgård". Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  5. ^ Johansson, Åke; Bogdanova, Svetlana; Čečys, Audius (2006). "A revised geochronology for the Blekinge Province, southern Sweden". GFF. 128 (4): 287–302. doi:10.1080/11035890601284287.
  6. ^ "Forsvenskning af skånelandene (1680erne)". Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  7. ^ "Sölvesborgs Slot sruin". Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  8. ^ "Naval Port of Karlskrona - World Heritage Site - Pictures, info and travel reports". Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  9. ^ "HRH Princess Adrienne Josephine Alice, Duchess of Blekinge". Retrieved 3 May 2018.

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Karlskrona (Swedish pronunciation: [kɑːɭs²kruːna]) is a locality and the seat of Karlskrona Municipality, Blekinge County, Sweden with 35,212 inhabitants in 2010. It is also the capital of Blekinge County. Karlskrona is known as Sweden's only baroque city and is host to Sweden's only remaining naval base and the headquarters of the Swedish Coast Guard.

Karlskrona Municipality

Karlskrona Municipality (Karlskrona kommun) is a municipality in Blekinge County in South Sweden in southern Sweden. It borders to Emmaboda Municipality, Torsås Municipality and Ronneby Municipality. The city of Karlskrona is the seat of the municipality.

Like most Swedish municipalities it was created during the municipal reform in the early seventies, combining several earlier local government units of urban and rural type, among them the City of Karlskrona.

Mjällby AIF

Mjällby Allmänna Idrottsförening, also known simply as Mjällby AIF, Mjällby or (especially locally) MAIF, is a Swedish professional football club based in Hällevik. The club is affiliated to Blekinge Fotbollförbund and play its home games at Strandvallen. The club colours, reflected in their crest and kit, are yellow and black. Formed on 1 April 1939, the club have played eight seasons in Sweden's highest football league Allsvenskan, the club's first season in the league was in 1980. The club are currently playing in Division 1 Södra (3rd level). With eight seasons in the top division Allsvenskan most recent in 2014, Mjällby AIF is the most successful football team from the province of Blekinge.

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Provinces of Sweden

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Several of them were subdivisions of Sweden until 1634, when they were replaced by the counties of Sweden (län). Some were conquered later on from Denmark–Norway. Others, like the provinces of Finland, were lost. Lapland is the only province acquired through colonization.

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Skåneland (Swedish and Danish) or Skånelandene (Danish) is a region on the southern Scandinavian peninsula. It includes the Swedish provinces of Blekinge, Halland and Scania. The Danish island of Bornholm is sometimes also included. Skåneland has no official recognition or function and the term is not in common usage. Equivalent terms in English and Latin are "the Scanian provinces" and "Terrae Scaniae" respectively. The term is mostly used in historical contexts and not in daily speech. In Danish, Skånelandene is used more often. The terms have no political implications as the region is not a geopolitical entity but a cultural region, without officially established political borders.

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