Östersund is a municipality, a city and a provincial capital. It is the home of the County of Jamtland's Governor and is a center for the mock-independence movement of the Jamtar. In times gone by, Frösön was the main population center in Jamtland but this changed soon after the city of Östersund was founded in 1786. While it may have developed slowly during the first 100 years or so, it quickly burst with a flurry of development and expansion after the arrival of a railway in 1879. By 1971 the town of Östersund had grown to the point where it was closely bordered by four surrounding towns and as a result, these were merged with Östersund to create the Östersund municipality.
For a long time the city of Östersund had a strong military presence with four military installations being place in the city by the Swedish government. Today, however, all four have been dissolved and the city thrives on government, education and administration instead of serving as a garrison city. Östersund is one of the main campus sites of the Mid Sweden University and is also home to a number of governmental offices. There are a number of attractions to be enjoyed in the city - such as Frösöstenen which is Sweden's most northerly rune stone. The Jamtli museum is somewhat akin to Skansen in Stockholm and includes not only and enclosed exhibition area but also a large outdoor area where a number of old buildings from Jamtland can be viewed. The museum also has an amazing set of Viking tapestries which date from between AD800 to AD1100.
The Frösö kyrka dates from the 13th century and is the oldest preserved church in the country. You will also be able to see remnants of the Frösö redoubt which served as a major fortification in the region until 1821. For something a little different, you might try the island of Anderön which is where you will not only find the ruins of the 12th century Sunne Church but also a nature reserve. Östersund is also a great place to strap on your skis and head down the slopes as it is home to one of the finest ski stadiums in Sweden and it regularly hosts prestigious cross-country, biathlon and downhill skiing competitions. Why not include a trip to Östersund in your next holiday to Sweden? You may be surprised at what you find!