Uppland

Uppland (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈɵ̌pːland] (listen)) is a historical province or landskap on the eastern coast of Sweden, just north of Stockholm, the capital. It borders Södermanland, Västmanland and Gästrikland. It is also bounded by lake Mälaren and the Baltic sea. On the small uninhabited island of Märket in the Baltic, Uppland has a very short and unusually shaped land border with Åland, an autonomous province of Finland.

Uppland
CountrySweden
LandSvealand
CountiesUppsala County
Stockholm County
Area
  Total12,813 km2 (4,947 sq mi)
Population
 (December 31, 2016)[1]
  Total1,602,652
  Density130/km2 (320/sq mi)
Ethnicity
  LanguagesUppländska
Stockholmska
Culture
  FlowerLeper lily
  AnimalWhite-tailed eagle
  Bird
  FishAspius
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

The name literally means up land, a name which is commonly encountered in especially older English literature as Upland. Its Latinised form, which is occasionally used, is Uplandia. Uppland is famous for having the highest concentration of runestones in the world, with as many as 1,196 inscriptions in stone left by the Vikings.