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Location of Leghel within Geadland
|• Type||Leghel County Council|
|• Commissioner||Martin Hammerschöld (SPP)|
|Time zone||UTC -6 (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC -5 (UTC-5)|
Leghel (Swedish: Λεγελλα, Legella, pronounced /lɛʝɛlɑ/; Geadish: Λεχελ, pronounced /lɛʝɛl/) is an island and the northernmost of the 15 Counties of Geadland. It noted for being the only county where the majority of the population do not speak Geadish as their first language but instead speak a distinctive dialect of Swedish, sometimes known as Leghel Swedish.
The county of Leghel also includes the adjoining island of Sveaholm and a few islets. It is located on the north side of the Leghel Strait, opposite the coast of Horgalund. Over third of the population live in Arje, by far the largest city. Its geography is noticeably different from the mainland, with much of the island being formed by long-extinct volcanoes. Its territory is hilly with poor quality soil and is significantly less densely populated than the mainland. Leghel was a latecomer to industrialization and was still a predominantly agricultural region until the Polder War. The 1940s also saw an influx of Swedes from South Vyvland to Arje after they were expelled from the country by Amiral Jueves.
Leghel was one of the original counties of Geadland. The Swedes who settled the island in the Viking Age were the only tribe in the country who avoided being assimilated into the Geadish ethnic group over the next millenium. The dukes of Leghel were often involved in conflict with the dukes of Horgalund for control of the Swedish-speaking regions of Horgalund. As with Horgalund, Leghel developed a reputation for being a rebellious province, being the starting point of several rebellions against monarchs who intruded on the rights of the Swedes. The most notable of these was the 1850 Leghel Rebellion, caused when the Republic of Geadland banned the use of Swedish in many educational institutions.
Local politics has been dominated by the Swedish People's Party (a sister party to the Liberal Party) and the SDLP, though the Conservative Party have also made inroads into the county in the last 10 years.