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Magnus Bleckert

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Magnus Bleckert

The city of Östersund has about 60000 citizens and is the capital of the county Jämtland. The city spreads from the eastern shore of Lake Storsjön to the island of Frösön.

The city is among the most beautiful in Sweden with its lakeside location, mountain view and rich nature. The winters are long and cold which makes the surroundings perfect for winter activities like skiing, snowboarding and ice skating. Nearby Åre is Scandinavias premier ski resort. Summertime Östersund benefits from long summer nights with daylight up to 22 hours a day. The highlight of this season is the Storsjöyran (Great Lake Dizzy) festival in the end of July, which attracts people from all over northern Europe.

The city's main attraction is Jamtli History Museum where visitors get the opportunity to take part in Swedish 18th and 19th century life. The indoor Museum is famous for the Överhogdal tapestry, dated to the 10th century.

Östersund is also capital of the self-declared Republic of Jämtland and has its own president, Ewert Ljusberg.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: Andreas

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November 11, 2007 change by ingvar

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