Tanum, Sweden

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Tanum Municipality (Tanums kommun) is a municipality in Västra Götaland County in western Sweden. Its seat is located in the town of Tanumshede, with 1,600 inhabitants. The present municipality was formed in 1971 through the amalgamation of three former units. Before the subdivision reform of 1952 there were seven entities in the area. The rock carvings at Tanum have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The heritage area is located around the seat of Tanumshede, covering an area of 18 km2. Most carvings show men, and ships. Several show animals such as oxes and horses. Tanum Municipality has made its rock carving the subject of its coat of arms. The Greby grave field, the largest grave field in Bohuslän, lies near the locality of Grebbestad. Tanum is one of the first municipalities to require urine-separation toilets to help combat the looming global shortage of phosphorus. Urine is the most concentrated source of phosphorus according to Associate Professor Cynthia Mitchell, of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

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