Henån is home to approximately 2,000 permanent year-round residents with a significant increase of summer residents who come from the nearby towns and cities to stay in their summer cottages, which frequently are passed down for generations.
In 1850, Henån became one of the first swimming resorts in Sweden where people from Gothenburg, Alingsås, and other inland cities and towns came to stay with locals to enjoy the warm summer waters of the sea. Later hotels and hostels were built and saw the town of Henån grow.
There is a magnificent boat-building tradition on Henån which still lives on amongst the residents. While most of the smaller traditional boat building shops have since long closed down, the traditional craft has turned out some of the most spectacular and beautiful yacht manufacturers in the world. With brands like Najad, Hallberg-Rassy, Malö, and Regina af Vindö, the craftsmanship lives on.
To ensure the skills are passed on to new generation, Henån is home to one of the most reputable boat building schools in Scandinavia. Orust Båtbyggarskola is a college program with a focus on boat building. To the right you can see some of the students rowing one of the main school projects.