Mörsil

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Mörsil
Mörsil is located in Sweden
Mörsil
Mörsil
Coordinates: 63°19′N 13°38′E / 63.317°N 13.633°E / 63.317; 13.633Coordinates: 63°19′N 13°38′E / 63.317°N 13.633°E / 63.317; 13.633
Country Sweden
Province Jämtland
County Jämtland County
Municipality Åre Municipality
Area[1]
 • Total 1.22 km2 (0.47 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 686
 • Density 563/km2 (1,460/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Mörsil is a locality situated in Åre Municipality, Jämtland County, Sweden with 686 inhabitants in 2010.[1]

History[edit]

Mörsil parish district has had settlements since the Stone Age. Several trapping pits, Sconces, and a copper hammer have been found.[2][3]

During the Kalmar War between Denmark (and Norway) and Sweden, Sweden sent armies into Jämtland and established forts in several towns to stop advancing Norwegian/Danish armies. Among those towns to house forts were Mörsil, Frösön and Järpen.[4]

Sweden’s first sanatorium was opened in Mörsil in 1891. It was established in German fashion and consisted of several buildings including a main building, a bath house, and a physician’s house. The sanatorium treated tuberculosis and part of its treatment regime involved taking walks through the surrounding mountains.[5] The region of Jämtland, which includes Mörsil, were important for health-related tourism because of the many hospitals in the region.[6]

At the turn of the 20th century the town was known for its spas and early industrialization. Population of the town increased during the mid-20th century partially due to the industry in Mörsil at the time. By 1965 the population was over 900 residents. However, by the 1970s the factories closed and the population diminished.

In 1974 the town was amalgamated into Åre municipality.

European Highway 14 runs through Mörsil. Since winter 2012 Mörsil has had a railway stop on the route between Sundsvall, Sweden and Trondheim, Norway. It is located on Kallsjön.

Industry[edit]

Mörsil is home to a hydro electric power plant on Kallsjön[7]

Culture[edit]

Mörsil lies along the St. Olav's Way which is part of the St. Olav's Pilgrimage to the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, the site of the tomb of St. Olav.[8]

Mörsil also has Kretsloppshuset: a tourist attraction/restaurant near the edge of town. The name literally translates "the Circle of Life House" and is an organic attraction in a sustainable building with a garden that extends right into the restaurant. It raises free-range chickens and sells organic food and products in the store.[9]

The town is also host to a sports club for people of all ages, a hunting and rifle club (and shooting range), and Åre Brukshundsklubb, a dog training and agility facility north of the E14.

Situated in the old-growth forests just north of the village are a series of well-lit walking, biking, and skiing trails ranging from 2.5 km to 15 km long.

Sports[edit]

The following sports clubs are located in Mörsil:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km2 2005 och 2010" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.fmis.raa.se/cocoon/fornsok/search.html?parish=2552&tab=2&page=1
  3. ^ Helmfrid, Staffan (1996). The geography of Sweden, Volume 16. SNA Publishing. p. 53. ISBN 9187760398. 
  4. ^ http://www.jamthistoria.se/Krig/krig.htm
  5. ^ http://www.ksla.se/anh/files/2013/08/Parken-kring-M%C3%B6rsils-sanatorium.pdf
  6. ^ Mangan, J.A (1996). Tribal Identities: Nationalism, Europe, Sport. Psychology Press. p. 156. ISBN 0714646660. 
  7. ^ http://enipedia.tudelft.nl/wiki/Sweden/Powerplants
  8. ^ "St. Olavsleden" (PDF). Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  9. ^ kretsloppshuset. "kretsloppshuset". Retrieved 24 March 2015.