Östergötland, or East Gothland, is situated in south-eastern Sweden along the shores of the Baltic Sea. The province has around 440.000 inhabitants and the whole province is today a part of the county of Östergötland.
The area boasts a long and interesting history. One of its most famous citizens might well have been the Viking Beowulf, the hero of the Geats. The region kept its own laws, the Östgötalagen, into the Middle Ages. It was also an important religious center after Christianity came to Sweden. The most important cities in modern times are Linköping and Norrköping.
Largest City: Linköping
Province Flower: “Blåklint”, cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)
Province Animal: Mute swan
Places to Explore in Östergötland