For a long time, people worked to create a borough or town in northern Ångermanland. because the reason was to bring order to the trade in the area and to strengthen the area's status. Those who pursued the issue could, after much deliberation, agree that Norrlungånger was a good place. There was a deep bay there that larger boats could easily get into and it was close to the country road and good soil. In 1842, the Royal Majesty issued a permit to establish a borough. The borough was named Örnsköldsvik. A city plan was drawn up and it was focused on getting people to move here and to start companies.
The borough grew slowly but steadily and in 1894 Örnsköldsvik received city rights. This entailed the right to start a printing house, to exercise justice, and to trade with other countries.