South Lanarkshire (Scots: Sooth Lanrikshire; Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig a Deas) is one of 32 unitary authorities of Scotland. It borders the south-east of the City of Glasgow and contains some of Greater Glasgow's suburban towns, also containing many rural towns and villages. It also shares borders with Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire, the Scottish Borders and West Lothian. It includes most of the historic county of Lanarkshire.
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|• Body||South Lanarkshire Council|
|• Control||Labour minority (council NOC)|
|• Total||684 sq mi (1,772 km2)|
|• Rank||Ranked 11th|
|• Rank||Ranked 5th|
|• Density||470/sq mi (180/km2)|
|ISO 3166 code||GB-SLK|
|Largest town||East Kilbride|
|Largest urban area||Hamilton, South Lanarkshire|
South Lanarkshire is served by the South Lanarkshire Council. The council has its headquarters in Hamilton, has 16,000 employees, and a budget of almost £1bn.
The large and varied geographical territory takes in rural and upland areas, market towns such as Lanark, Strathaven and Carluke, the urban burghs of Rutherglen, Cambuslang, and East Kilbride which was Scotland's first new town.