East Sweden Region
East Sweden Region has 430,000 inhabitants and covers an area of around 10,000 km². The region is the fourth largest in Sweden, and is located two hours south of Stockholm, three hours northeast of Gothenburg and three hours north of Malmö.
The population density is 40 inhabitants per km², with a concentration of inhabitants in the central areas. The northern and southern areas are less densely populated. The major cities, Linköping and Norrköping, have continued to grow, while the population in the surrounding areas is decreasing. The age structure of the region corresponds to the nation as a whole, facing the same demographic challenges as the rest of Sweden.
The Swedish public sector has three levels of government: national, regional and local. At local level, the region consists of 13 local authorities. The regional level includes three different authorities: the County Administrative Board, which is the national government's representative office in the region and also a supervisory authority; the County Council, which is responsible for health and medical care in the region; and the Regional Council, which is in charge of regional development issues, with political representation from the local authorities and the County Council.
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