Härnösand is a small town located in the province of Västerbotten in Sweden. It is the administrative centre of the municipality of Härnösand. The town has a population of about 22,000 inhabitants. The town is located by the Bothnian Bay, at the mouth of the river Härnösandån. It is connected to the mainland by the Härnösand Bridge.
The town was founded in 1621 by the Dutchman Jacob de Geer, who named it after his home town of Härnösand in the Netherlands. The town quickly developed into an important trade centre. The town was captured by the Russians during the Finnish War (1808-1809), and was ceded to Sweden as a result of the Treaty of Fredrikshamn (1809).
The town is a regional centre for commerce, education and culture. It is home to the Västerbotten County