Söderhamn

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Söderhamn
Oscar's tower in Söderhamn
Oscar's tower in Söderhamn
Söderhamn is located in Sweden
Söderhamn
Söderhamn
Coordinates: 61°18′N 17°05′E / 61.300°N 17.083°E / 61.300; 17.083Coordinates: 61°18′N 17°05′E / 61.300°N 17.083°E / 61.300; 17.083
Country Sweden
Province Hälsingland
County Gävleborg County
Municipality Söderhamn Municipality
Area[1]
 • Total 10.53 km2 (4.07 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 11,761
 • Density 1,117/km2 (2,890/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website http://www.soderhamn.se/
For the German cargo ship, see SS Söderhamn.

Söderhamn is a locality and the seat of Söderhamn Municipality, Gävleborg County, Sweden with 11,761 inhabitants in 2010.[1]

The most popular tourist attraction is Oskarsborg, a tower built in 1895 on the top of a hill close to the town centre. The tower is built as a memorial over a visit of king Oscar II of Sweden. The king actually never visited Söderhamn.

Unemployment[edit]

In October 2012, under a scheme organised by the local authorities of Soderhamn and Sweden's national employment office, anyone aged 18-28 can be paid to find a job in Oslo, in an attempt to reduce youth unemployment. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, project manager Magus Nilsen said: "Going to Norway to find work has always been quite popular with young people, but sometimes they want to go but don't know how to find a job or accommodation so we thought we'd give them a bit of help with both." Those who choose to sign up are given a free ticket to the Norwegian capital, while also being put up in a youth hostel for a month as they search for employment.[2]

Sports[edit]

The biggest sport is bandy. Broberg/Söderhamn Bandy play in the highest division Elitserien. Many in high positions, like coach of the national team or member of the Federation of International Bandy board, have come from Söderhamn, like the current Secretary General Bo Nyman.[1]

Söderhamns FF and Stugsunds IK are the local football clubs.

Photos[edit]

Söderhamn circa 1700, from Suecia antiqua et hodierna.
Stefan Karlsson has become world champion in bandy both as a player and coach

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. ^ "Sweden pays jobless youth to move to Norway". Telegraph. 31 Oct 2012.