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Norra Berget, Sundsvall, Sweden
With a great location halfway up Sweden at 62.4 degrees north, Sundsvall is considered the capital of Norrland (Northern Sweden) and beautifully set on the Selångerån River running between Norra Berget (North Mountain) and Södra Berget (South Mountain). Located on the east coast, the city is situated on a natural bay protected from the extremes of the Baltic Sea by the island Alno, a bridge-connect suburb of the city.
The natural valley is formed by Norra Berget (North Mountain) and Sodra Berget (South Mountain) provides two focal points for the city of 54,000 (92,000 in the municipality) which is big enough for ‘city life’ but not too big to lose its country feel.
The town grew as a centre for the Swedish forestry industry and the town is reputed to be where Swedish industrialisation started with the introduction of steam-powered sawmills. Today Sundsvall is a Västernorrland county gem with its pretty town centre, magnificent architecture and a great layout.