|• Total||5,643.01 km2 (2,178.78 sq mi)|
|• Land||5,288.56 km2 (2,041.92 sq mi)|
|• Water||354.45 km2 (136.85 sq mi)|
|Area as of January 1, 2010.|
|Population (June 30, 2012)|
|• Density||3.4/km2 (8.8/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||SE|
Geographically the town is located on the shores of the river Ljusnan, along the shores of which Sweden's northern main line railway (Norra Stambanan) stretches. The municipality calls itself "Sweden's nearest Norrland", with Norrland being historically how Sweden's north was referred to. Geographically, the municipality is located at the centre of Sweden.
In this large municipality (Sweden's 20th largest) there are several nature activities one can enjoy. Along Ljusnan there are a total of 40 kilometers of water ways, with possibilities for sailing, rafting, fishing or taking a tour with the tour boats. Hamra National Park is also located partly within the western parts of the municipality.
The area had a large immigration from Finland in the 17th and 18th century in the western part of the municipality known as Orsa Finnmark (in Dalarna). Still there are many names which trace this Finnish influence.
The population was boosted when the mainline railway was constructed here in the late 19th century.
Figures as of 2004, from Statistics Sweden
- Ljusdal 7,559
- Järvsö 1,907
- Färila 1,542
- Tallåsen 807
- Los 469
- Hybo 351
- Ramsjö 306
- Hennan 227
- Korskrogen 202
- Kårböle 134
Tourism in the municipality is focussed on Järvsö. Popular tourist activities in Järvsö include skiing on Järvsöbacken and visiting Järvzoo.
- Ljusdal – official website
- Sweden's Nearest Norrland – tourism website in Swedish/English/German
- Energy Flow Survey of Ljusdal's Municipality – pdf
- Energy flow survey of Ljusdals municipality (Abstract)