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Medelpad vapen.svg Location of Medelpad in Sweden
Basic data
Part of the country (landsdel) : Norrland
Province (län) : Västernorrlands Lan
Surface: 7,616 km²
Residents: 123,069
(December 31, 2008)
Population density: 16 inhabitants per km²
Highest elevation: Myckelmyrberget 577  m
Largest lake: Holmsjön

Medelpad is a historical province ( Swedish landskap ) in the part of Norrland . Medelpad borders Hälsingland in the south, Härjedalen in the west, Jämtland in the northwest and Ångermanland in the north . Together with Ångermanland, Medelpad forms today's province (Swedish län ) Västernorrlands län .

Medelpad is home to 2600 preserved antiquities, u. a. Kvissle-Nolby-Prästbolet and the Nolbystenen south of Sundsvall.

The power and economic center of northern Sweden was located in the Medelpad until early modern times. The Selångers-Fjord, which is now silted up, was the decisive feature of the landscape, and it is assumed that the name Medelpad meant the beach area of ​​the former Kungsnäs peninsula and meant "beach area in the middle". The cult of Olav the Saint also had a Swedish focus here, as the most important pilgrimage to Nidaros began here. Medelpad's seal from the 16th century contains a processional flag with the Olavs ax in the center. It was replaced around 1600 by a seal with two streams and two opposing fish. Until the 16th century it was a letter seal with a stylized "M" in the middle.

The geographic center of Sweden is in Medelpad . But it is considered to be part of northern Sweden.

Municipalities in Medelpad



Landscape symbols

Web links

Commons : Medelpad  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wiktionary: Medelpad  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations


  1. Folkmängd i landskapen ( Memento from August 17, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  2. Leif Grundberg: Hamn i Kungens namn! In: Helgonet i Nidaros . o. O. 1997, pp. 208-221, 212.
  3. Grundberg, p. 214.