Norrbotten County

Norrbotten County (Swedish: Norrbottens län; Northern Sami: Norrbottena leatna, Finnish: Norrbottenin lääni) is the northernmost county or län of Sweden. It is also the largest county by land area, almost a quarter of Sweden's total area. It borders Västerbotten County to the southwest and the Gulf of Bothnia to the southeast, as well as the counties of Nordland and Troms og Finnmark in Norway to the northwest, and Lapland Province in Finland to the northeast.

Norrbotten County
Norrbottens län
Norrbottenin lääni
Norrbotten County in Sweden
Location map of Norrbotten County in Sweden
Coordinates: 67°N 19.7°E / 67; 19.7
CountrySweden
Formed1810
CapitalLuleå
Municipalities
Government
  GovernorLotta Finstorp[1]
  CouncilLänsstyrelsen i Norrbottens län
Area
  Total98,244.8 km2 (37,932.5 sq mi)
Population
 (September 30, 2017)[2]
  Total251,080
  Density2.6/km2 (6.6/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeSE-BD
GDP/ NominalSEK 59,875 million (2004)
GDP per capitaSEK 236,000
NUTS RegionSE332
Websitewww.lansstyrelsen.se/norrbotten
Stora Sjöfallet national park in western Norrbotten County.

The name "Norrbotten" is also used for a province of the same name. Norrbotten province covers only the eastern part of Norrbotten County the inland mostly belongs to the Swedish Lapland province (Lappland).

The capital of Norrbotten is Luleå, whereas other significant towns include Boden, Kiruna and Piteå. The majority of the population lives in the namesake province, whereas the Lapland part of the county is sparsely populated. In terms of land area, Norrbotten is larger than both Austria and Portugal as well as the island of Ireland.

The northern part of Norrbotten lies within the Arctic Circle.