Ljusdal Municipality

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Ljusdal District
Ljusdals kommun
Municipality
Coat of arms of Ljusdal District
Coat of arms
Ljusdal Municipality in Gävleborg County.png
Country Sweden
County Gävleborg County
Seat Ljusdal
Area[1]
 • Total 5,609.84 km2 (2,165.97 sq mi)
 • Land 5,256.7 km2 (2,029.6 sq mi)
 • Water 353.14 km2 (136.35 sq mi)
  Area as of January 1, 2014.
Population (December 31, 2016)[2]
 • Total 19,067
 • Density 3.4/km2 (8.8/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+7)
ISO 3166 code SE
Province Hälsingland
Municipal code 2161
Website www.ljusdal.se
Ljusdal Municipality Building on Rio square

Ljusdal Municipality (Ljusdals kommun) is one of Sweden's 290 municipalities within Gävleborg County. Its seat is Ljusdal.

The municipality was formed in 1971 by the amalgamation of the market town (köping) of Ljusdal (instituted in 1914) with the rural municipalities Järvsö, Färila, Los and Ramsjö.

Geography[edit]

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 25th 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.

History[edit]

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.

Today[edit]

In contemporary Sweden Ljusdal is perhaps best known for its very successful bandy team and for the annual Bandy World Cup held in the town.

Localities[edit]

Figures as of 2004, from Statistics Sweden

Ljusdal kommun detail.png

Tourism[edit]

Tourism in the municipality is focussed on Järvsö. Popular tourist activities in Järvsö include skiing on Järvsöbacken and visiting Järvzoo.

Nature[edit]

Gröntjärn Nature Reserve is located in Ljusdal Municipality around 20 kilometers north of Ljusdal. Here several Kettle holes formed during glacial retreat, where ice blocks melted under sediments. The pool is not fed by streams but by groundwater and can see large variations in the lake level. The ground water source also gives the lake it is characteristic turquoise-green colouring.[3]

Gallery[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (Microsoft Excel) (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 31 december 2016" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. February 21, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Gröntjärn". Länsstyrelsen Gävleborg. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 

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Coordinates: 61°50′N 16°05′E / 61.833°N 16.083°E / 61.833; 16.083