Jämtland County

Jämtland County

Jämtlands län
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Flag of Jämtland County
Coat of arms of Jämtland County
Coat of arms
Jämtland County in Sweden
Jämtland County in Sweden
Location map of Jämtland County in Sweden
Location map of Jämtland County in Sweden
Coordinates: 63°21′N 14°24′E / 63.35°N 14.4°E / 63.35; 14.4
Country Sweden
Founded 1810
Capital Östersund
 • Governor Jöran Hägglund
 • Council Jämtlands Läns Landsting
 • Total 49,341.2 km2 (19,050.7 sq mi)
 (September 30, 2017) [1]
 • Total 129,649
 • Density 2.6/km2 (6.8/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
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 (Swedish: Jämtlands län, Southern Sami: Jiemthen leene) 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 Jöran Hägglund, who leads the administrative board. Jämtland County borders the counties of Dalarna, Gävleborg, Västernorrland, and Västerbotten. It also shares a border with the Norwegian county of 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.

Being sparsely populated, the land area of Jämtland County is larger than those of the Netherlands and Switzerland.


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 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 county council election in 2018, the following political parties are represented in the Jämtland county council (Swedish: Region Jämtland Härjedalen):[2]

Party Seats Votes %
Social Democrats 18 26,278 31.40%
Centre Party 11 17,088 20.42%
Moderate Party 8 12,602 15.06%
Sweden Democrats 5 7,835 9.36%
Left Party 5 7,047 8.42%
Christian Democrats 4 6,147 7.34%
Liberals 2 2,907 3.47%
Green Party 2 2,894 3.46%
Others - 901 1.08%
Total 55 83,699 100%
Turnout 85,721 83.95%



Location of Jämtland Municipalities

In Härjedalen Province:

In Jämtland Province:

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



Foreign background

SCB have collected statistics on backgrounds of residents since 2002. These tables consist of all who have two foreign-born parents or are born abroad themselves.[4] The chart lists election years and the last year on record alone.

Location 2002 2006 2010 2014 2018 2019
Berg 2.4 3.7 5.6 7.9 10.3 10.1
Bräcke 5.1 7.1 9.1 11.4 14.2 13.9
Härjedalen 5.1 5.6 7.4 9.6 12.8 12.9
Krokom 4.3 5.1 5.9 7.2 8.7 8.8
Ragunda 4.8 5.5 7.3 10.8 13.7 13.5
Strömsund 4.0 5.6 8.4 11.2 13.5 13.8
Åre 5.7 6.2 7.4 9.9 14.8 14.7
Östersund 5.1 6.1 7.1 8.7 11.1 11.8
Total 4.8 5.8 7.2 9.1 11.7 12.0
Source: SCB [4]


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

  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.
  2. ^ "Val till landstingsfullmäktige i Jämtlands län - Valda 2018" (in Swedish). Valmyndigheten. Retrieved 2019-07-08.
  3. ^ http://www.scb.se/Statistik/MI/MI0810/2010A01Z/05_Tatorter2010_befolkning_1960_2010.xls
  4. ^ a b "PxWeb - välj variabler och värden" (in Swedish). SCB. Retrieved 11 August 2020.

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