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Introducing Sundsvall

When Sundsvall burned to the ground in 1888 after a spark from the Selånger steamboat set the town brewery alight, civic leaders made a decision to have the old wooden houses rebuilt in stone, separated by wide avenues. This immediately set Sundsvall apart from the other towns along the Bothnian coast, making them look like poor provincial cousins by comparison. Unfortunately, this move forced poorer residents (including the workers who rebuilt Sundsvall) to the city’s outskirts while wealth and power collected in the centre.