Jämtland County

Jämtlands län (Jämtland's county)
County of Sweden

Coat of arms

Country Sweden
Founded 1810
Capital Östersund
  Governor Jöran Hägglund
  Council Jämtlands Läns Landsting
  Total 49,341.2 km2 (19,050.7 sq mi)
Population (March 31 2011)[1]
  Total 126,573
  Density 2.6/km2 (6.6/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code SE-Z
GDP/ Nominal SEK 27,628 million (2004)
GDP per capita SEK 215,000
NUTS Region SE322
Website www.z.lst.se

Jämtland County (Jämtlands län) is a county or län in the middle of Sweden consisting of the provinces of Jämtland and Härjedalen, along with minor parts of Hälsingland and Ångermanland, plus two small uninhabited strips of Lapland and Dalarna. Jämtland County constitutes 12 percent of Sweden's total area, 49,443 km2 (19,090 sq mi) and is the third largest county in the country. The county capital is Östersund and the county governor, appointed by the Swedish government, is Britt Bohlin Olsson, who leads the administrative board. Jämtland County borders the counties of Dalarna, Gävleborg, Västernorrland, and Västerbotten. It also shares a border with the Norwegian counties of Nord-Trøndelag and Sør-Trøndelag.

The county was established in 1810 and its foundation has both domestic and foreign causes. Upon formation it only consisted of the provinces of Jämtland and Härjedalen, which is why the coat of arms is a shield parted per fess with their provincial arms.


For History, Geography and Culture see: Jämtland and Härjedalen

Jämtland County consists of primarily the provinces of Jämtland and Härjedalen, though minor parts of Hälsingland and Ångermanland are also included, along with small uninhabited areas in Lapland and Dalarna.


The main aim of the County Administrative Board is to fulfil the goals set in national politics by the Riksdag and the Government, to coordinate the interests and promote the development of the county, to establish regional goals and safeguard the due process of law in the handling of each case. The County Administrative Board is a Government Agency headed by a Governor. See List of Jämtland Governors.


Jämtland County is sparsely populated and more than one third of the population live on the countryside, making Jämtland County the second largest rural region in Sweden, after Gotland County, though a majority of the population live in the rather densely populated region surrounding lake Storsjön, commonly called Storsjöbygden, "the Storsjö district/countryside".


The county is dominated by the Swedish Social Democratic Party and the Swedish Rural Centre Party, which is unique in Sweden, but corresponds to the situation in the bordering Norwegian county of Nord-Trøndelag. The county is rather contrastive in the political field. While the municipality association and a majority of the municipalities are governed by liberal-conservative (Swedish: borgerlig, lit. "bourgeois") majorities or by coalitions overstepping the bloc border, the county council is red-green and the Social Democrats receive three out of five mandates to the Riksdag.

After the Swedish general election in 2014, the Jämtland County council are represented by the following political parties:

Moderate Party Christian Democrats Centre Party Liberal People's Party Green Party Social Democratic Party Left Party Sweden Democrats others
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
16 258 20,0 11 2 725 3,3 2 11 093 13,6 8 3 007 3,7 2 4 998 6,1 3 31 430 38,6 21 6 231 7,7 4 5 451 6,7 4 292 0,4 0

The County Council of Jämtland or Jämtlands Läns Landsting.



Localities by population (2010)

Pos Locality Population
1 Östersund 44,327
2 Brunflo 3,890
3 Strömsund 3,589
4 Sveg 2,547
5 Krokom 2,277
6 Bräcke 1,651
7 Åre 1,417
8 Järpen 1,408
9 Ås 1,218
10 Hammarstrand 1,052
11 Lit 1,040
12 Svenstavik 1,004



The arms for the County of Jämtland is a combination of the arms of Jämtland, and Härjedalen. When it is shown with a royal crown it represents the County Administrative Board. Blazon: "Parted per fess, the arms of Jämtland and the arms of Härjedalen."

References and notes

See also

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Jämtland County.

Coordinates: 63°16′59″N 14°14′18″E / 63.283062°N 14.238281°E / 63.283062; 14.238281

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