East Sweden Region has 430,000 inhabitants and covers an area of around 10,000 square kilometres. The region is the fourth largest in Sweden and the major cities are Linköping and Norrköping.
The Regional Council is a body with political representation from the members - the region's thirteen local authorities and Östergötland County Council. The organisation is funded by the members and a large amount of external financing. The Regional Council is located in Linköping, Norrköping and Brussels.The Regional Council has been commissioned by the 13 municipalities and the county council to create a functional region with economic growth and competitiveness. Assigned by the government, the Regional Council has developed a vision for the future of the region, as well as goals and strategies for how to attain this.