Boden, Sweden

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Boden
Rödberget Fort, part of Boden Fortress
Rödberget Fort, part of Boden Fortress
Boden is located in Sweden
Boden
Boden
Coordinates: 65°49′32″N 21°41′26″E / 65.82556°N 21.69056°E / 65.82556; 21.69056Coordinates: 65°49′32″N 21°41′26″E / 65.82556°N 21.69056°E / 65.82556; 21.69056
Country Sweden
Province Norrbotten
County Norrbotten County
Municipality Boden Municipality
Charter 1919
Area[1]
 • Total 19.98 km2 (7.71 sq mi)
Elevation 46 m (151 ft)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 18,277
 • Density 915/km2 (2,370/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 961 xx
Area code(s) (+46) 921
Website Official website

Boden (Lule Sami: Suttes, Meänkieli: Puuti, Northern Sami: Suttes) is a locality and the seat of Boden Municipality in Norrbotten County, Sweden with 18,277 inhabitants in 2010.[1]

History[edit]

The town of Boden started as a railway junction where the Northern Line (Norra stambanan, opened 1894) met with the Ore Line (Malmbanan) from the rich iron ore fields in northern Sweden.

The town experienced increased growth when the Boden Fortress was constructed in the beginning of the 20th century. The purpose of the fortress was to defend Sweden from a possible attack from the east, where Russia was considered the most dangerous threat.

The first official writings about Boden, was in a 1500~ tax paper, where the mention of "Boden village" with 7 homes. Boden got the title of city in 1919. This title became obsolete in 1971 and Boden is now the seat of Boden Municipality.

Industry[edit]

Today Boden is still a military stronghold, and houses the largest garrison of the Swedish Army.

The army and the municipality are the two largest employers in Boden. As the military is continuously disarming, with the five regiments united into one garrison, the population has decreased by 2,000 people over the past ten years.

The famous Fällkniven knives are from Boden.

Well-known Boden Citizens, Former or Current[edit]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns and sister cities[edit]

Boden is twinned with:

Sports[edit]

The following sports clubs are located in Boden:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km2 2005 och 2010" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Altas vennskapsbyer" (in Norwegian). Alta municipality. Retrieved 26 April 2012.