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Sutherland

This article is about the Scottish county of Sutherland. See also Sutherland, New South Wales for the Sydney suburb

Sutherland (also Sutherlandshire) is a traditional county in the north of Scotland, bordering on Caithness to the north and both Ross-shire and Cromartyshire to the south. The name Sutherland comes from the vikings' view of it as the "Sudrland" or South land.

From 1975 Sutherland was a local government district in the Highland Region of Scotland; in 1996 administrative functions were taken over by the Highland unitary council (see: Subdivisions of Scotland). The area is today used as a registration county and a Lieutenancy Area.

The county is still very sparsely populated. Its only burgh is the county town, Dornoch. Other settlements include Brora, Durness, Tongue, Golspie, Helmsdale, Lochinver and Kinlochbervie.

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