Västernorrland County

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Western Northland County

Västernorrlands län
Flag of Western Northland County
Flag
Coat of arms of Western Northland County
Coat of arms
Västernorrland County in Sweden
Västernorrland County in Sweden
Location map of Västernorrland County in Sweden
Location map of Västernorrland County in Sweden
Country Sweden
Founded1634
CapitalHärnösand
Municipalities
Government
 • GovernorBo Källstrand
 • CouncilLandstinget Västernorrland
Area
 • Total21,683.8 km2 (8,372.2 sq mi)
Population
(30 September 2017)[1]
 • Total246,082
 • Density11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeSE-Y
GDP/ NominalSEK 61,540 million (2004)
GDP per capitaSEK 251,000
NUTS RegionSE321
Websitewww.y.lst.se

Västernorrland County (Swedish: Västernorrlands län) is a county (län) in the north of Sweden. It is bordered by the counties of Gävleborg, Jämtland, Västerbotten and the Gulf of Bothnia.

The name Västernorrland means "Western Norrland", as it was in the western part of the original Norrland (northern Sweden and northern Finland).

Province[edit]

For History, Geography and Culture, see: Ångermanland or Medelpad

Västernorrland County covers approximately the historical provinces of Ångermanland (Angermannia) and Medelpad.

Administration[edit]

The main aim of the county administrative board – a government agency headed by a governor – is to fulfil the goals set out in national politics by the Riksdag and the government, to coordinate the interests of the county, to promote the development of the county, to establish regional goals and safeguard the due process of law in the handling of each case. See List of Västernorrland governors.

Politics[edit]

The county council of Västernorrland is the Landstinget i Västernorrland.

Municipalities[edit]

Municipal location map

In Medelpad Province:

In Ångermanland Province:

History[edit]

Västernorrland County was formed in 1634, when counties were introduced, replacing the older provinces. Västernorrland then included parts of Sweden north of the city of Gävle, except Jämtland and Härjedalen – which belonged to Norway – and except Finland.

The county grew and shrank significantly since its creation. The boundary adjustments:

Västernorrland was in the west of Norrland

Even though the name Västernorrland literally means "Western Norrland", it is today situated on the eastern coast of Swedish Norrland. The "west" in its name (väster) arose due to the fact that, at the time, Norrland was a much larger region, including northern Finland as well. Västernorrland was therefore in the western "arm" of Norrland in its broadest sense.

Heraldry[edit]

The arms for the County of Västernorrland are a combination of those of Ångermanland and Medelpad. When it is shown with a royal crown, it represents the county administrative board. Blazon: "Parted per pale, the arms of Angermannia and the arms of Medelpad."

Miscellaneous topics[edit]

Local public transport in the county is provided by Din Tur.

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 30 september 2017 och befolkningsförändringar 1 juli–30 september 2017. Totalt". Statistics Sweden. 2017-11-08. Retrieved 2017-11-19.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 62°44′23″N 16°55′48″E / 62.739633°N 16.929932°E / 62.739633; 16.929932