By Anastacia Sampson
Sweden - Heraldy
There are coats of arms for various organisations in Sweden, such as the Navy, Army, Military, Air Force, Home Guards and even the Church of Sweden, and with the Church of Sweden having many dioceses and parishes with their own coats of arms.
Each of Sweden's 21 counties (geographical division of the country) has its own coat of arms. Since 1963, the Instrument of Government began use of the modern counties of Sweden, instead of the provinces. However the provinces all have the right to the rank of duchy and may display their arms with a dual coronet, due to royal decree in January 1884 by King Oscar II.
The 290 municipalities in Sweden each have their own coat of arms. Generally a number of municipalities create a county. Since a local government reform in the 1960s-1970s, all cities have to be part of a municipality. As each city has its own coat of arms, there are a large amount of emblems to acknowledge. The city arms often are incorporated into the coat of arms of the municipality it falls under. Some municipalities have been created by combining smaller communities, which led in some cases to the municipal coat of arms consisting of parts, each derived from one of the communities