|West Zealand County|
Vestsjællands Amt (Danish)
West Zealand County (Danish: Vestsjællands Amt) is a former county (Danish: amt) in the west-central part of the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in eastern Denmark. The county was formed on 1 April 1970, comprising a few former counties. The county was abolished effective January 1, 2007, when it merged into Region Sjælland (i.e. Region Zealand).
The county was responsible for public hospitals, upper secondary schools and schools for Higher Preparatory Examination, public transport and social welfare for the disabled.
The County Hall was located in the town of Sorø, and became the seat of the new region. Sorø is by no means the biggest city in West Zealand, but it has great historical value. It is famed for the Sorø Academy (Danish, Sorø Akademi), an educational institution built in 1140 together with the church where Queen Margaret I of Denmark was buried (later moved to Roskilde Domkirke, Roskilde).
List of County Mayors
|January 1, 1970||September 20, 1974 †||Jørgen Herman Monrad (Venstre)|
|September 20, 1974||December 31, 1985||Hans Kjeld Brinth (Venstre)|
|January 1, 1986||December 31, 1989||Søren Eriksen (Social Democrat)|
|January 1, 1990||December 31, 1993||Henning Tellerup (Conservative)|
|January 1, 1994||December 31, 2001||Søren Eriksen (Social Democrat)|
|January 1, 2002||December 31, 2006||Hans Jørgen Holm (Venstre)|
- West Zealand County website - list of county mayors
- The Association of County Councils
- Tourist information
- Sorø Akademi