Map of Westerland
|Established||6 March 1854|
2,469.13 sq mi (6,395.0 km2)
|Population (2015)||180,258 (Ranked 8th)|
|Population density||73/sq mi (28/km2)|
|Westerland County Council|
Coat of Arms of Westerland
|Chairman||NAT)Steven Long (|
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Counties · Municipalities · Parishes
Westerland has a unique toponomy amongst the counties. Unlike the others which have been named after a place, person, or family; Westerland is a simple geographical designation of it's location on Brunswick Island. In this case, the county is simply the western most part of the island, wester meaning toward the west, and land being that part of the earth that is not submerged by the sea.
Politics and administration
Westerland County Council
The county council for Westerland was established in 1886 as a result of the Local Government Act, taking over the administrative functions that had until that time been carried out by the unelected Courts of General and Quarter Sessions.
Today, Westerland County Council is dominated by the National Party, who hold 12 of the 18 seats on Council. The Democratic Party has 4 members, and there are two independents. The Chairman of the Council is Steven Long, who is also from the National Party.
The county is divided in to seven municipalities, as outlined below: