Frösön (Swedish: [ˈfrø̂ːsˌøːn], Jämtlandic[ˈfɾø̂ːsˌœʏːa]; "Frey's island"), (Old Norwegian: Frøys øy) is the largest island in the lake Storsjön, located west of the city Östersund in Jämtland, Sweden. During most of recorded history Frösön was the regional centre of Jämtland, and it is the location of the Frösö Runestone, the northernmost in the world.

Frösön in March 2008

The Swedish composer Wilhelm Peterson-Berger had a summer house (and from 1930 a permanent home) on the island.[1] In 1896 Peterson-Berger composed a set of piano pieces entitled Frösöblomster (Flowers of Frösön), and his opera Arnljot from 1910 is partly based on the runic inscriptions on Frösö Runestone.

Coordinates: 63°11′30″N 14°32′30″E / 63.19167°N 14.54167°E / 63.19167; 14.54167

HistoryEdit

Frösön is named after the Norse god Freyr. It is the location of the "Frösö Runestone", the northernmost raised runestone in the world, dating from 1030-1050 AD.[2] Frösön was a separate köping until 1974 but was merged with Östersund at that time.

HospitalEdit

From 1915 to 1988, Frösön was the location of Frösö sjukhus [sv], a state-owned psychiatric hospital tasked with caring for patients from all of Norrland. The hospital's practices have later been questioned, and it is known to have anonymously buried at least roughly 50 of its patients.[3]

ClimateEdit

Climate data for Frösön
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −5
(23)
−3
(26)
0
(33)
5
(42)
12
(53)
16
(61)
18
(65)
17
(62)
12
(53)
6
(42)
0
(32)
−3
(26)
6
(43)
Average low °C (°F) −10
(15)
−9
(16)
−6
(21)
−2
(29)
3
(38)
8
(46)
10
(51)
10
(49)
6
(42)
2
(35)
−3
(26)
−8
(18)
0
(32)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 19.0
(0.75)
16.3
(0.64)
14.0
(0.55)
19.8
(0.78)
22.5
(0.89)
47.0
(1.85)
60.9
(2.40)
48.3
(1.90)
33.6
(1.32)
24.6
(0.97)
19.3
(0.76)
18.0
(0.71)
343.3
(13.52)
Source: SMHI[specify]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wilhelm Peterson-Berger biography at Naxos (retrieved 11 September 2007)
  2. ^ The runestone on the island Frösön
  3. ^ Eriksson, Bengt (19 October 2020). "Massgrav med mentalpatienter funnen i Jämtland" [Mass grave with mental patients found in Jämtland]. SVT Nyheter [SVT News] (in Swedish). TT News Agency. Retrieved 19 October 2020.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Frösön at Wikimedia Commons