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Västernorrland County, Västernorrlands län in Sweden, largely consisting of provinces Ångermanland and Medelpad. The region is dominated by forests, with most of the 240,000 inhabitants living in the coastal cities of Sundsvall, Örnsköldsvik and Härnösand.
- Sundsvall, county seat, and the largest city.
- Ånge, a railway hub.
Västernorrland ("Western Norrland") might sound like a strange name for a county at the eastern seaboard. However, it represents a shift in Swedish borders; Jämtland (to the west) used to belong to Norway, while what today is Finland belonged to Sweden, and therefore also was considered part of Norrland; see Sweden#History.
Since the late 19th century, the county has been the centre of the Swedish wood industry.
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- By plane
- Sundsvall airport (21 km north of Sundsvall, and 32 km south of Härnösand)
- Kramfors airport (22 km north of Kramfors)
- Örnsköldsvik airport (24 km north of Örnsköldsvik)
All have flights from Stockholm.
- By train
- SJ has direct trains from Stockholm, Arlanda airport and Umeå, to Sundsvall, Härnösand, Kramfors and Örnsköldsvik.
- By bus
- Y-buss has buses Stockholm-Sundsvall-Umeå
By public transportation
- Norrtåg has trains Östersund-Sundsvall and Sundsvall-Härnösand-Kramfors-Örnsköldsvik-Umeå
- Länstrafiken i Västernorrland has local and regional buses.
While public transportation is scarce outside the city, roads are in good tradition.
The E4 is the main arterial road.
- Höga Kusten (High Coast) is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This coast line on the Gulf of Bothnia still rises at the rate of about one centimetre per year, still being affected by the last ice age.
- Surströmming (see Nordic cuisine).