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Western Northland County

Västernorrlands län
County of Sweden
Flag of Western Northland County
Coat of arms of Western Northland County
Coat of arms
Västernorrland County in Sweden
Västernorrland County in Sweden
Location map of Västernorrland County in Sweden
Location map of Västernorrland County in Sweden
Country  Sweden
Founded 1634
Capital Härnösand
 • Governor Bo Källstrand
 • Council Landstinget Västernorrland
 • Total 21,683.8 km (8,372.2 sq mi)
 (30 September 2017)
 • Total 246,082
 • Density 11/km (29/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 code SE-Y
GDP/ Nominal SEK 61,540 million (2004)
GDP per capita SEK 251,000
NUTS Region SE321
Website www.y.lst.se

Västernorrland County (Swedish: Västernorrlands län) is a county (län) in the north of Sweden. It is bordered by the counties of Gävleborg, Jämtland, Västerbotten and the Gulf of Bothnia.

The name Västernorrland means "Western Norrland", as it was in the western part of the original Norrland (northern Sweden and northern Finland).


For History, Geography and Culture, see: Ångermanland or Medelpad

Västernorrland County covers approximately the historical provinces of Ångermanland (Angermannia) and Medelpad.


The main aim of the county administrative board – a government agency headed by a governor – is to fulfil the goals set out in national politics by the Riksdag and the government, to coordinate the interests of the county, to promote the development of the county, to establish regional goals and safeguard the due process of law in the handling of each case. See List of Västernorrland governors.


The county council of Västernorrland is the Landstinget i Västernorrland.


Municipal location map

In Medelpad Province:

  • Sundsvall
  • Timrå
  • Ånge

In Ångermanland Province:

  • Härnösand
  • Kramfors
  • Sollefteå
  • Örnsköldsvik


Västernorrland County was formed in 1634, when counties were introduced, replacing the older provinces. Västernorrland then included parts of Sweden north of the city of Gävle, except Jämtland and Härjedalen – which belonged to Norway – and except Finland.

The county grew and shrank significantly since its creation. The boundary adjustments:

  • Västerbotten County was separated in 1637.
  • Jämtland and Härjedalen joined in 1657, but they both separated as Jämtland County in 1810.
  • Gävleborg County separated in 1762.
  • Other minor changes have taken place.

Västernorrland was in the west of Norrland

Even though the name Västernorrland literally means "Western Norrland", it is today situated on the eastern coast of Swedish Norrland. The "west" in its name (väster) arose due to the fact that, at the time, Norrland was a much larger region, including northern Finland as well. Västernorrland was therefore in the western "arm" of Norrland in its broadest sense.


The arms for the County of Västernorrland are a combination of those of Ångermanland and Medelpad. When it is shown with a royal crown, it represents the county administrative board. Blazon: "Parted per pale, the arms of Angermannia and the arms of Medelpad."

Miscellaneous topics

Local public transport in the county is provided by Din Tur.

See also

  • Duke of Ångermanland, a title for members of the royal family (see Duchies in Sweden). The title has been newly created for Prince Nicolas, Duke of Ångermanland, son of Princess Madeleine
  • Rutberget, a 342m high mountain

References and notes

  1. ^ "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 30 september 2017 och befolkningsförändringar 1 juli–30 september 2017. Totalt". Statistics Sweden. 2017-11-08. Retrieved 2017-11-19.

External links

  • Västernorrland County Administrative Board
  • Västernorrland County Council
  • Regional Association of Local Authorities in Västernorrland

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