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Top:Panorama view of downtown Sundsvall, Stenstaden and South Stadsberget, 2nd left:Mid Sweden University (Mittuniversitetet), 2nd right:Court of Appeal for Lower Norrland in Bunsouska Pond, 3rd left:North Gate Arena and Gustav Adolf Church, 3rd right:Sundsvall Theater, Bottom:Kulturmagasinet, Sundsvall Museum and Library
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Coordinates: 62°24′N17°19′E / 62.400°N 17.317°E / 62.400; 17.317 Coordinates: 62°24′N17°19′E / 62.400°N 17.317°E / 62.400; 17.317
Province Medelpad
County Västernorrland County
Municipality Sundsvall Municipality
  City27.46 km2 (10.60 sq mi)
 (31 December 2010) [1]
  Density1,847/km2 (4,780/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)

Sundsvall (Swedish:  [ˈsɵ̂nː(d)sval] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen )) [2] is a city and the seat of Sundsvall Municipality in Västernorrland County, Sweden. It has a population of 51,354 as of 2010; more than 95,000 live in the municipal area.



Sundsvall circa 1700, in Suecia antiqua et hodierna. Suecia 2-063 ; Sundsvall.jpg
Sundsvall circa 1700, in Suecia antiqua et hodierna.

The town was chartered in 1621, and a first urban plan for Sundsvall was probably created by Olof Bure in 1642, less likely in 1623. [3] It has a port by the Gulf of Bothnia, and is located 395 km north of Stockholm. The city has burned down and been rebuilt four times. [4] The first time, in 1721, it was set on fire by the Russian army during the Russian Pillage of 1719-1721.

The city was burnt on 25 June 1888 Sundsvall brand 1888.jpg
The city was burnt on 25 June 1888

According to one historian,[ who? ] Swedish industrialism started in Sundsvall when the Tunadal sawmill bought a steam-engine driven saw in 1849. In the early 20th century Sundsvall was an even greater centre of forestry industry in Sweden than it is today. The first large Swedish strike was the "Sundsvall strike" in 1879. [6] The industrial heritage makes social democrat and socialist sympathies more prevalent in the Sundsvall region than in Sweden as a whole.

In 1888 on 25 June, strong wind and dry conditions contributed to two city fires in Sweden on the same day. On this day both Umeå and Sundsvall caught fire. [5] The Sundsvall fire was the largest in Sweden's history. It is presumed that the fire was caused by a spark from a steamship. After the fire, and unlike Umeå, the decision was to rebuild using stone. Sundsvall's centre was later nicknamed Stenstaden (the stone city). One advantage of the new construction was that within three years the town was arguing that it should be allowed reduced insurance as new rules had been brought in that applied to wooden towns. One disadvantage was that after the fire only the better off could afford to live in the centre. [7]

Today Sundsvall is not only dominated by the pulp and paper industry, and the aluminium production but there are also banks, insurance companies, telecommunications administration and a number of large public data-processing centres such as the national social insurance board. The main campus of the newly established Mid Sweden University (Mittuniversitetet) is also located in the city. The university is a collaboration between Östersund, Sundsvall and Härnösand.

Storgatan, the famous main street in Sundsvall in the heart of Stenstaden ("The stone city") Sundsvall in Sweden Storgatan.jpg
Storgatan, the famous main street in Sundsvall in the heart of Stenstaden ("The stone city")



During 1987–2013, there was a summer music festival called Gatufesten. Starting in 2014 there's a new one called Hamnyran. There are two theatres and various musical venues. There is also a small guitar festival and a larger heavy metal festival every autumn called Nordfest. [8] Sundsvall is also home to the unique festival Musikschlaget, [9] which is a song contest for groups around Sweden with disabilities.


Its airport is Sundsvall-Timrå Airport, also called Midlanda.


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Bandy field

Notable people

Sundsvall.jpg Sundsvall in Sweden from above.jpg Gustav Adolfs kyrka Sundsvall.jpg
Sundsvall viewed from aboveSundsvall City CentreGustav Adolfskyrkan


Sundsvall has a climate which is on the border between subarctic and cold continental, leaning towards the latter in recent years. Temperatures are made significantly milder and regulated by the influence from the Gulf Stream. The weather station is located 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the north and somewhat further inland, which renders that Sundsvall's urban centre is likely milder in terms of low temperatures by some degree.

Climate data for Sundsvall Airport (2002–2015); extremes since 1943; precipitation & sunshine [10] 1961–1990
Record high °C (°F)11.0
Average high °C (°F)−2.5
Daily mean °C (°F)−6.6
Average low °C (°F)−10.6
Record low °C (°F)−35.5
Average precipitation mm (inches)38.3
Mean monthly sunshine hours 43811351852592872672151429857341,803
Source 1: SMHI precipitation average 1961–1990 [11]
Source 2: SMHI climate data 2002–2015 [12]

[13] Because of the availability of snow, the Sundsvall Regional Hospital, covering 190 000m2, [14] is cooled down year-round by stored snow, bringing down energy consumption for hospital cooling by 90%. [14] [15]

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