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Country Sweden
Mouth Bothnian Sea
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 61°12′14″N 17°08′02″E / 61.20389°N 17.13389°E / 61.20389; 17.13389Coordinates: 61°12′14″N 17°08′02″E / 61.20389°N 17.13389°E / 61.20389; 17.13389
Length 350 km (217 mi) [1]
Basin 12,851.1 km2 (4,962 sq mi) [2]
 - average 140 m3/s (4,944 cu ft/s) [1]
 - max 850 m3/s (30,017 cu ft/s) [1]
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Ljungan (Jamtlandic: Jångna or Aoa, from Old Norse *Oghn "the dreadful"[3]) is a 322 kilometer long river in Sweden. It originates near Trondheim and the Norwegian border. The river runs through the Swedish counties of Jämtland and Västernorrland. Several hydropower plants are located along the river.

A pathogenic virus of the viral family which includes polio and hepatitis A was isolated from a bank vole near the Ljungan river in the mid-1990s, and named Ljungan virus.

Some towns near or by the river are:


  1. ^ a b c "Ljungan". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 14 July 2010.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Län och huvudavrinningsområden i Sverige" (PDF) (in Swedish). Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Hellquist, Elof (1922). Svensk etymologisk ordbok. Stockholm: Gleerups förlag. p. 416.