Västernorrland County

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Västernorrland
Västernorrlands län
County of Sweden
Coat of arms of Västernorrland
Coat of arms
Official logo of Västernorrland
 
Country Sweden
Founded 1654
Capital Härnösand
Government
 • Governor Bo Källstrand
 • Council Landstinget Västernorrland
Area
 • Total 21,683.8 km2 (8,372.2 sq mi)
Population (31 March 2011)[1]
 • Total 242,347
 • Density 11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
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 (Västernorrlands län) is a county or län in the north of Sweden. It is bordered by the counties of Gävleborg, Jämtland, Västerbotten and the Gulf of Bothnia.

Province[edit]

For History, Geography and Culture see: Ångermanland or Medelpad

Västernorrland County covers approximately the provinces of Ångermanland and Medelpad.

Administration[edit]

The main aim of the County Administrative Board 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. The County Administrative Board is a Government Agency headed by a Governor. See List of Västernorrland Governors.

Politics[edit]

The County Council of Västernorrland or Landstinget i Västernorrland.

Municipalities[edit]

Municipal location map

History[edit]

Västernorrland County was formed in 1634 when counties was introduced replacing the older provinces. Västernorrland then included everything in Sweden from the city Gävle and north, except Jämtland and Härjedalen which belonged to Norway, and except Finland. The name Västernorrland means Western Norrland, where Norrland means north Sweden (at the time Norrland included north Finland). Västerbotten County was separated 1637. Jämtland and Härjedalen was added 1657 and then separated as Jämtland County 1810. Gävleborg County was separated 1762. Other smaller changes have taken place.

Heraldry[edit]

The arms for the County of Västernorrland are a combination of those of Ångermanland, and of 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."

The logo of sports club Selånger SK is based on the arms.

Miscellaneous topics[edit]

Local public transport in the county is provided by Din Tur.
Wanjin, a local resident, streams on Twitch.TV (Wanjin Stream)

References and notes[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 62°44′23″N 16°55′48″E / 62.739633°N 16.929932°E / 62.739633; 16.929932