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Galenskaparna - Dalsland
Galenskaparna - Dalsland
Published: 2007/10/21
Channel: Dittohead555
Outdoor in Dalsland
Outdoor in Dalsland
Published: 2014/06/18
Channel: VastsverigeTV
Harvest in Dalsland
Harvest in Dalsland
Published: 2017/09/18
Channel: rikard karlsson
Kanuking - Kanutouren in Schweden / Dalsland
Kanuking - Kanutouren in Schweden / Dalsland
Published: 2016/12/13
Channel: Kanuking Reiseveranstalter
The Dalsland Blues
The Dalsland Blues
Published: 2015/09/21
Channel: myrjonte
Kanutour Foxen 2014 (Schweden - Dalsland, Lennartsfors)
Kanutour Foxen 2014 (Schweden - Dalsland, Lennartsfors)
Published: 2015/07/16
Channel: DasZopfffff
Kanuking - Das ist Dalsland
Kanuking - Das ist Dalsland
Published: 2017/01/02
Channel: Kanuking Reiseveranstalter
Dalsland Swimrun 2017
Dalsland Swimrun 2017
Published: 2017/08/30
Channel: Bengtsforskommun
canoe sverige dalsland & varmland
canoe sverige dalsland & varmland
Published: 2016/08/04
Channel: muis tv
Cruisin
Cruisin' Dalsland
Published: 2014/01/14
Channel: Ett Enmansband
Kanuking - Angeltouren in Schweden / Dalsland
Kanuking - Angeltouren in Schweden / Dalsland
Published: 2017/01/02
Channel: Kanuking Reiseveranstalter
Dalsland home of the biggest Pikes
Dalsland home of the biggest Pikes
Published: 2013/04/03
Channel: Frank van Vliet
Dalsland Kanotmaraton 2017
Dalsland Kanotmaraton 2017
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: Bengtsforskommun
Dalsland runt 2016
Dalsland runt 2016
Published: 2016/06/05
Channel: Fredrik Lindberg
Dalsland Canal Sweden
Dalsland Canal Sweden
Published: 2014/10/29
Channel: Red Mex
Dalsland X-Country 2017
Dalsland X-Country 2017
Published: 2017/05/03
Channel: Fredrik Salomonsson
Synligare polis i Dalsland
Synligare polis i Dalsland
Published: 2017/08/24
Channel: Polisen
Upptäck Sverige - landskapet Dalsland
Upptäck Sverige - landskapet Dalsland
Published: 2015/01/05
Channel: medixAB
Kärleken till Dalsland
Kärleken till Dalsland
Published: 2010/05/13
Channel: KaptenTV
Snoekvissen in Zweden, Dalsland
Snoekvissen in Zweden, Dalsland
Published: 2011/04/28
Channel: Evert Oostdam
Fishing Together With Hobie in Dalsland Sweden (VLOG #40)
Fishing Together With Hobie in Dalsland Sweden (VLOG #40)
Published: 2017/06/25
Channel: Felix Frey
Flygtokar i Dalsland
Flygtokar i Dalsland
Published: 2014/11/08
Channel: Nicholas Masterson
Dalsland X-Trail 2014
Dalsland X-Trail 2014
Published: 2014/10/06
Channel: Camp Dalsland
Johan Östling testar nytt gig. (Dalsland Kanot Maraton 2015)
Johan Östling testar nytt gig. (Dalsland Kanot Maraton 2015)
Published: 2015/11/21
Channel: Camp Dalsland
Dalsland-Snäcke - Summer
Dalsland-Snäcke - Summer
Published: 2014/07/24
Channel: SebastianW75
Dalsland - ett landskap som vill och vågar
Dalsland - ett landskap som vill och vågar
Published: 2016/04/28
Channel: TVFyrstad
Dalsland Kanot Maraton 17 Teaser
Dalsland Kanot Maraton 17 Teaser
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: Camp Dalsland
Dalsland Kanot Maraton 2013 Del 1
Dalsland Kanot Maraton 2013 Del 1
Published: 2013/08/10
Channel: Puttemanswe
Dalsland XC 60km 2015 MTB XC Race - Full Video - Bengtfors (swe) 2/4 2015
Dalsland XC 60km 2015 MTB XC Race - Full Video - Bengtfors (swe) 2/4 2015
Published: 2015/05/09
Channel: DS BIKING
About Sportfishing Dalsland
About Sportfishing Dalsland
Published: 2013/12/31
Channel: Andy van Assema
Drönare över Dalsland
Drönare över Dalsland
Published: 2017/04/18
Channel: SwedenFromAbove
Dalsland Kanot Maraton teaser
Dalsland Kanot Maraton teaser
Published: 2016/01/29
Channel: Camp Dalsland
Dalsland
Dalsland
Published: 2011/08/15
Channel: MO80Jerry
Brudfjällsvägen, Dalsland, R1200GS
Brudfjällsvägen, Dalsland, R1200GS
Published: 2013/07/26
Channel: Gunnar Thunell
A Giant Zip Line at Dalsland Activities, Sweden
A Giant Zip Line at Dalsland Activities, Sweden
Published: 2012/09/04
Channel: My Guide Network
Dalslands Kanal Sommaren 2016
Dalslands Kanal Sommaren 2016
Published: 2016/07/13
Channel: Mikael Udd
Schweden 2012 Kanutour Dalsland
Schweden 2012 Kanutour Dalsland
Published: 2013/03/05
Channel: jackknife68
Dalsland Ring Race
Dalsland Ring Race
Published: 2011/01/22
Channel: Racevideo93
Facing Waves, Dalsland Kanot Marathon
Facing Waves, Dalsland Kanot Marathon
Published: 2017/04/24
Channel: Visit Värmland
Dalsland Kanal del 1 film av Wilfried Hofmann
Dalsland Kanal del 1 film av Wilfried Hofmann
Published: 2013/10/22
Channel: MrDaffen
Spring fishing for BIG PIKE in Dalsland, Sweden (2015)
Spring fishing for BIG PIKE in Dalsland, Sweden (2015)
Published: 2017/01/31
Channel: White Label Fishing
Dalsland 2010
Dalsland 2010
Published: 2011/01/03
Channel: Ken Haßler
Dalsland Ring Discovery Nordic Winner
Dalsland Ring Discovery Nordic Winner
Published: 2009/10/28
Channel: Gary Fabbri
Yttre Bodane naturreservat, Åmål Dalsland
Yttre Bodane naturreservat, Åmål Dalsland
Published: 2013/01/15
Channel: Bert Wilnerzon
Båtsemester Dalsland 2016
Båtsemester Dalsland 2016
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: Woffe M
Dalsland - Gotland P02 Utvecklingsläger
Dalsland - Gotland P02 Utvecklingsläger
Published: 2017/07/06
Channel: Dalslands FF
op snoek in Dalsland 2014/pike fishing in Dalsland
op snoek in Dalsland 2014/pike fishing in Dalsland
Published: 2015/04/08
Channel: JB Fishing
Dalsland 2015
Dalsland 2015
Published: 2015/08/02
Channel: Robert Dahlberg
3 days Winter-camp / North Dalsland - Nov 2015
3 days Winter-camp / North Dalsland - Nov 2015
Published: 2015/12/22
Channel: Bushcraft Sweden
Horntvetens Guldgruva i Dalsland 2016-06-06
Horntvetens Guldgruva i Dalsland 2016-06-06
Published: 2016/12/27
Channel: MickeSamurai
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Dalsland
Coat of arms of Dalsland
Coat of arms
Sverigekarta-Landskap Dalsland.svg
Country Sweden
Land Götaland
Counties Västra Götaland County
Värmland County
Area
 • Total 3,708 km2 (1,432 sq mi)
Population (2009)[1]
 • Total 50,527
 • Density 14/km2 (35/sq mi)
Ethnicity
 • Language Swedish
 • Dialect Götamål
Culture
 • Flower Forget-me-not
 • Animal Raven
 • Bird
 • Fish
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Dalsland is a Swedish traditional province, or landskap, situated in Götaland in southern Sweden. Lying to the west of Lake Vänern, it is bordered by Värmland to the north, Västergötland to the southeast, Bohuslän to the west, and Norway to the northwest.

The province has a low population density of around 14 inhabitants/km² and just one town of significant size: Åmål. The total population numbers 50,527.[1] The uninhabited areas are characterized by dense forests in the northwestern uplands and lakes in the east, giving rise to the epithet, commonly used for Dalsland, of "Sweden's lake province".

The Latinized name Dalia, which was often used to name Dalsland in older prints, can still sometimes be encountered.

Administration[edit]

The traditional provinces of Sweden serve no administrative or political purposes, but are historical and cultural entities. Dalsland formed the northern part of the administrative county Älvsborg County until 1998 when the present Västra Götaland County was formed. A very small part of the province, Dalboredden, is in Värmland County.

Heraldry[edit]

Dalsland was granted its arms at the time of the funeral of Gustav Vasa in 1560. In the 16th century Dalsland had the status of a County (Comitatus) and was represented with an Earl's coronet. On January 18, 1884 the Privy Council gave all provinces the right of use to a Dukal coronet for their coat of arms. Blazon: "Argent an Ox passant armed and hoofed Or."

Etymology[edit]

Dalsland was originally called Dal, "Valley", originally referring only to the flat southeastern part. The name Dal is still in part used locally, about all Dalsland. The name Dalsland, "valley land", might have been given by central authorities, to distinguish from Dalarna.

Geography[edit]

A typical lake in Dalsland
View from the Kroppefjäll tableland, wherein an enclosed area is designated as nature reserve.

No other part of Sweden has its area covered with as many lakes as Dalsland does.[citation needed] Of its total area, around 450 km² is water, but a part of lake Vänern (Sweden's largest lake) is also belonging to the province.

From the shores of Vänern, one can sail through the river systems up to the mythical lake Stora Le. Stora Le has a length of 66km, whereof 37km are within Dalsland, and the remaining part within the Värmland province, with a bay into Norway.

The terrain consists of 1/4 agricultural lands and 2/3 forested lands. The province's southern part are suitable for agriculture, but there is a shortage of man-power to cultivate it.

Tresticklan is a national park in Dalsland. There are also several nature reserves.

The Dalsland Canal was completed in 1868 and has 28 locks in its length of 254 km.

Sub-divisions[edit]

Municipalities are local districts of administration, with elected councils. Within Dalsland's borders these are the municipalities:

  1. Bengtsfors Municipality
  2. Dals-Ed Municipality
  3. Färgelanda Municipality
  4. Mellerud Municipality
  5. Åmål Municipality
  6. Parts of Munkedal, Säffle, Vänersborg and Årjäng Municipalities.

Dalsland was historically divided into one chartered city and five hundreds. The hundreds were provincial sub-divisions from the Middle Ages, but were discontinued in the early 20th century.

Dalsland's chartered city was Åmål (royal charter in 1643). Its hundreds were: Nordal Hundred, Sundal Hundred, Tössbo Hundred, Valbo Hundred and Vedbo Hundred. They correspond approximately to today's municipalities: Nordal → Mellerud, Sundal → part of Vänersborg, Tössbo+Åmål → Åmål, Valbo → Färgelanda and Vedbo → Bengtsfors+Dals-Ed.

History[edit]

The original name of Dalsland was "Dal" – "Dalsland" was not used until the 19th century.[citation needed] Dal literally means "Valley".

The area has around 5,000 localized ancient remains. They indicate the origin of the inhabitants to stem from the south and the province Bohuslän; dialectal studies and social aspects have come to a similar conclusion. [1]

Since ancient times the description "Lives on Dal" has been the description used by the inhabitants themselves to describe where they live, instead of the usual "lives in ...". Speculation has it, this is due to the remote and isolated location of the province. [1]

In the 13th century the inhabitants were referred to as "The West gothics west of lake Vänern" by King Magnus Ladulås. A provincial law of 1442 called them "The West Gothics of Dal". All sources point to them being a – remote – part of the Västergötland (West Gothia) province.

Its exposed location near the Norwegian border made it subject to invasion, although to a lesser degree than the southern Bohuslän and Västergötland. It was first conquered around 1100 by the Norwegian Magnus Barefoot, who only held until King Valdemar Atterdag re-drew the provincial borders. [1]

The Nordic Seven Years' War was particularly hard, especially 1568 when 281 farms were burnt. Other feuds that were negative for the province were those of 1611-1612, 1644-1645 and 1675–1679.

Culture[edit]

People in the western part of Dalsland were believed to have migrated from Bohuslän, although probably long before that area was Norwegian. A distinctive feature in the Högsäter-area of Valbo Hundred was an inclination to brown eyes and dark hair, and a slightly rounder facial shape. [1]

The municipalities in Dalsland still makes frequent use of the provincial name, as the means to distinguish their history and culture from the rest of West Sweden. Culturally, Dalsland is as connected to Värmland as it is to the other neighbouring provinces Västergötland and Bohuslän.

Tongue[edit]

The dialect is a Swedish language variety known as the Dalbo-dialect. It is a variation of the Götamål dialect, and closest related to the other Götaland provinces, although it differs from them in the absence of a guttural R.

Its location by the Norwegian border has also added some features. The dialects vary over the province, since it is mostly hilly but has some more densely populated areas near its borders. These areas have been influenced by the neighbour areas.

Sports[edit]

Football in the province is administered by Dalslands Fotbollförbund.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Statistics Sweden Archived August 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  • From Nordisk familjebok, owl edition; vol. 5; p. 1136 (1906). (link below).
  • From Nordisk familjebok, owl edition; vol. 5; p. 1137 (1906).

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 59°16′26″N 12°26′53″E / 59.274°N 12.448°E / 59.274; 12.448

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