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Sundsvall's history

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The town of Sundsvall was established by royal decree in 1621. During the 1600s Sweden was a great power and was constantly at war and in need of money and weapons.
For this reason more than thirty new towns were established in Sweden and Finland. The new towns were encircled by custom's walls with gates supervised by customs officers. All commerce with the surrounding rural areas was prohibited. Before being premitted to sell their produce in a town the farmers were required to pay customs duty which served as a source of revenue for the monarch.

In several of the new towns established during the Great Power Era new armourer's workshops were built. Such was the case in Sundsvall and therefore from the town's creation its coat of arms has been two crossed musket forks and a helmet.

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