Frösön

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Frösön in March 2008

Frösön (Swedish: [frøːsøːn],[stress and tone?] Jamtlandic[fɾøːsœʏːa];[stress and tone?] "Frey's island"), (Old Norwegian: Frøys øy) is the largest island in the lake Storsjön, located west of the city Östersund in Jämtland, Sweden. During most of recorded history Frösön was the regional centre of Jämtland, and it is the location of the Frösö Runestone, the northernmost in the world.

The Swedish composer Wilhelm Peterson-Berger had a summer house (and from 1930 a permanent home) on the island.[1] In 1896 Peterson-Berger composed a set of piano pieces entitled Frösöblomster (Flowers of Frösön), and his opera Arnljot from 1910 is partly based on the runic inscriptions on Frösö Runestone.

Coordinates: 63°11′30″N 14°32′30″E / 63.19167°N 14.54167°E / 63.19167; 14.54167

History[edit]

Frösön is named after the Norse god Freyr. It is the location of the "Frösö Runestone", the northernmost raised runestone in the world, dating from 1030-1050 AD.[2] Frösön was a separate köping until 1974 but was merged with Östersund at that time.

Hospital[edit]

From 1915 to 1988, Frösön was the location of Frösö sjukhus [sv], a state-owned psychiatric hospital tasked with caring for patients from all of Norrland. The hospital's practices have later been questioned, and it is known to have anonymously buried at least roughly 50 of its patients.[3]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Frösön
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −5
(23)
−3
(26)
0
(33)
5
(42)
12
(53)
16
(61)
18
(65)
17
(62)
12
(53)
6
(42)
0
(32)
−3
(26)
6
(43)
Average low °C (°F) −10
(15)
−9
(16)
−6
(21)
−2
(29)
3
(38)
8
(46)
10
(51)
10
(49)
6
(42)
2
(35)
−3
(26)
−8
(18)
0
(32)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 19.0
(0.75)
16.3
(0.64)
14.0
(0.55)
19.8
(0.78)
22.5
(0.89)
47.0
(1.85)
60.9
(2.40)
48.3
(1.90)
33.6
(1.32)
24.6
(0.97)
19.3
(0.76)
18.0
(0.71)
343.3
(13.52)
Source: SMHI[specify]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilhelm Peterson-Berger biography at Naxos (retrieved 11 September 2007)
  2. ^ The runestone on the island Frösön
  3. ^ "Massgrav med mentalpatienter funnen i Jämtland" [Mass grave with mental patients found in Jämtland]. SVT Nyheter [SVT News] (in Swedish). TT News Agency. 19 October 2020. Retrieved 19 October 2020.

External links[edit]

Media related to Frösön at Wikimedia Commons