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Västerås

Västerås (vĕs´tərōs´), city (1990 pop. 98,303), capital of Västmanland co., E Sweden, a port on Lake Mälaren at the mouth of the Svartån River. It is the main center of the Swedish electrical goods industry; other manufactures include metal goods, textiles, and glass. Founded by 1100, Västerås was one of Sweden's great medieval cities, with a cathedral (13th cent.) and a fortified castle (14th cent.). Eleven important diets convened there, notably the Västerås Recess (1527), which created the Lutheran state church, and the diet of 1544, which made the Swedish throne hereditary.

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Västerås

Västerås Inland port at the mouth of the River Svartan on Lake Malaren, e Sweden. Founded in 1100, it was an important medieval city and was the scene of several diets, including the Diet of Västerås Recess in 1527, which formed the Lutheran State Church, and the diet of 1544, which made the Swedish throne hereditary. Industries: engineering, electronics, iron ore, timber, metal goods, textiles, glass. Pop. (1994) 122,988.

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