Härnösand County

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Härnösand County
Härnösands län
County of the Swedish Empire


Flag of Härnösand


Capital Härnösand
 •  Established September 5, 1645
 •  Disestablished 1654

Härnösand County, or Härnösands län, was a county of the Swedish Empire, between 1645 and 1654. The seat of residence for the Governor was in Härnösand.

It included the Provinces of Ångermanland, Medelpad and Jämtland.


The county was created in 1645 when Sweden conquered Jämtland and Härjedalen. They had previously belonged to Norway. Norrland County was split into two and the new territories were assigned to the two halves. Jämtland formed part of the new Härnösand County, and Härjedalen became part of Hudiksvall County.[1] Just nine years later they were merged again as the Västernorrland County.


The county had two governors while it existed.

  • 1645-1653 Hans Strijk[2]
  • 1653-1654 Anders Appelbom[3]

When the county merged into Västernorrland Appelbom did not continue as governor. Instead Erik Larsson Sparre, who had governed Hudiksvall, took on the governorship.[4]


  1. ^ "Tacitus.nu". Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  2. ^ sv:Hans Strijk
  3. ^ "Anders Appelbom". Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  4. ^ sv:Landshövdingar i Västernorrlands län
See also: Norrland

Coordinates: 62°38′N 17°56′E / 62.64°N 17.94°E / 62.64; 17.94