Härnösand

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Härnösand
Storgatan in Härnösand
Storgatan in Härnösand
Härnösand is located in Sweden
Härnösand
Härnösand
Coordinates: 62°38′10″N 17°56′28″E / 62.63611°N 17.94111°E / 62.63611; 17.94111Coordinates: 62°38′10″N 17°56′28″E / 62.63611°N 17.94111°E / 62.63611; 17.94111
Country Sweden
Province Ångermanland
County Västernorrland County
Municipality Härnösand Municipality
Area[1]
 • City 10.89 km2 (4.20 sq mi)
 • Metro 1.064.50 km2 (0.411 sq mi)
Elevation 1 m (3 ft)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • City 17,556
 • Density 1,611/km2 (4,170/sq mi)
 • Metro 24,922
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 871 xx
Area code(s) (+46) 611
Website www.harnosand.se

Härnösand is a locality and the seat of Härnösand Municipality in Västernorrland County, Sweden with 17,556 inhabitants in 2010.[1] It is called "the gate to the High Coast" because of the world heritage landscape rises just some miles north of Härnösand. Härnösand is the seat of the Diocese of Härnösand.

History[edit]

Härnösand is probably most known to the uninitiated for its history as a big and important harbor town and its beautiful locations.

Härnösand circa 1700, from Suecia antiqua et hodierna.

Today[edit]

The Governor's residence in Härnösand

Härnösand is a fairly small town and some of the activities young people engage in are Kåken (Ungdomens Hus), a youth centre provided by the municipality. The city also has an extensive selection of outdoor activities in the summer and wintertime. Wintertime people can go skiing (cross country and downhill), ice skating, etc. Summertime activities include climbing, kayaking, trekking, etc. The town also features a summertime beach Smitingen, which occasionally gets some surfable waves. Härnösand is each summer the site of one of the world's largest airsoft events, Berget.

Industry[edit]

Call centers[edit]

One of the biggest employers in Härnösand is the cable-TV and Cable internet service provider Com Hem. Com Hem in Härnösand takes care of all incoming support calls and therefore hire mostly young adults with an interest in technology. The Interview Institute of Scandinavia and Intervjubolaget are also employers seated in Härnösand focusing on call center activities, although their focus lies in doing interviews by phone or "face to face".

Sports[edit]

The women's team of the bandy club Härnösands AIK plays in the highest division and the men's team has done.

Their handballteam plays in division 2 and is called Brännans IF.

The football club IF Älgarna plays in Division 2 Norrland.


Curling is a great sport in the city, Team Anette Norberg is from here. Anette has taken several medals in the sport, including Olympic gold. It is perhaps therefore not surprising that Sweden's only curling high school is located here. The high school started at 1989 and has since contributed several talented curler in the world.

Notable natives[edit]

Panorama of Härnösand, March 2005.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km2 2005 och 2010" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 

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