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Tanum Municipality
Tanums kommun
""Coat of arms of Tanum Municipality
Coat of arms
""Tanum Municipality in Västra Götaland County.png
"Country Sweden
"County "Västra Götaland County
"Seat "Tanumshede
 • Total 2,351.35 km2 (907.86 sq mi)
 • Land 917.24 km2 (354.15 sq mi)
 • Water 1,434.11 km2 (553.71 sq mi)
  Area as of January 1, 2014.
Population (December 31, 2017)[2]
 • Total 12,763
 • Density 5.4/km2 (14/sq mi)
"Time zone "CET ("UTC+1)
 • Summer ("DST) "CEST ("UTC+2)
"ISO 3166 code "SE
"Province "Bohuslän
"Municipal code 1435
Website www.tanum.se

Tanum Municipality (Tanums kommun) is a "municipality in "Västra Götaland County in western "Sweden. Its seat is located in the town of "Tanumshede, with 1,600 inhabitants.

The present municipality was formed in 1971 through the amalgamation of three former units. Before the subdivision reform of 1952 there were seven entities in the area.



The parish is named after the old farm Tanum ("Norse Túnheimr), since the first church was built there. The first element is tún 'country "courtyard', the last element is heimr 'homestead, farm'.


A rock carving at Tanum

The "rock carvings at Tanum have been declared a "UNESCO "World Heritage Site. The heritage area is located around the seat of "Tanumshede, covering an area of 18 km2.

Most carvings show men and ships. Several show animals such as oxen and horses.


Tanum Municipality has made its rock carving the subject of its "coat of arms.

The "Greby grave field, the largest "grave field in Bohuslän, lies near the locality of "Grebbestad.

Tanum is one of the first municipalities to require urine-separation toilets to help combat the looming global shortage of "phosphorus. Urine is the most concentrated source of phosphorus according to Associate Professor Cynthia Mitchell, of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).



  1. ^ "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" ("Microsoft Excel) (in Swedish). "Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 31 december 2017" (in Swedish). "Statistics Sweden. February 21, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 

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