|• Total||668.99 km2 (258.30 sq mi)|
|• Land||430.42 km2 (166.19 sq mi)|
|• Water||238.57 km2 (92.11 sq mi)|
|Area as of January 1, 2014.|
|Population (December 31, 2013)|
|• Density||7.7/km2 (20/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||SE|
The coat of arms was created in 1972 at the time the modern municipalities of Sweden were created. It mainly represents the medieval monastery of Alvastra: An abbacy staff, a rising moon (historically representing the Virgin Mary), and a six-pointed star (representing a higher deity).
A large part of the municipality borders lake Vättern. There is a small harbour.
There are two nature reserves within the municipal borders: Isberga with a distinguished steppe meadow flora , and Kråkeryd located on rocks above Vättern at 60 meters altitude. Kråkeryd has a geology rich in lime, and the uncultivated rocky terrain is the location for several unusual flowers and plants .
There are two urban areas (also called a Tätort or locality) in Ödeshög Municipality.
In the table the localities are listed according to the size of the population as of December 31, 2005. The municipal seat is in bold characters.
There are also other ancient remains: the two hillforts Borgberget and Hjässaborgen. Both are open for visits although not much remains, and both are somewhat difficult to access. The municipality also contains burial grounds, etc.
Besides the monastery of Alvastra, there are seven other notable churches, several of which have a medieval foundation. Noteworthy are: Rök Church from 1845 (outside which stands the Rök Runestone), Stora Åby Church, from the 1750s, with several older artifacts (baptismal font, triptych), and Ödeshögs Church with a medieval foundation.
- Klas Ingesson, former Sheffield Wednesday and PSV Eindhoven footballer
- Helen Svensson Fletre (1909–1987), American author and journalist
- "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (Microsoft Excel) (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
- "SCB, Befolkningsstatistik 31 December 2013" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved April 2014.
- Ödeshög Municipality - Official site
- Welcome to Ödeshög - Official tourism page, Swedish/English/German