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Stora Karlsö and Lilla Karlsö in Eksta
Stora Karlsö and Lilla Karlsö in Eksta
Eksta is located in Gotland
Coordinates: 57°17′11″N 18°12′23″E / 57.28639°N 18.20639°E / 57.28639; 18.20639Coordinates: 57°17′11″N 18°12′23″E / 57.28639°N 18.20639°E / 57.28639; 18.20639
Country Sweden
Province Gotland
County Gotland County
Municipality Gotland Municipality
 • Total 46.21 km2 (17.84 sq mi)
Population (2014)[2]
 • Total 259
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Eksta is a settlement on the Swedish island of Gotland. Formerly a socken,[3] on 1 January 2016, it was reconstituted into the administrative area Eksta District.[4]


Eksta is situated on the southwest coast of Gotland.[5] The medieval Eksta Church is located in the socken.[6] The two islands Stora Karlsö and Lilla Karlsö just off the coast of Gotland are also part of Eksta.[5][1]


The remains of a Pitted Ware culture settlement along with 85 graves from that Middle Neolithic period, have been found at Ajvide in Eksta. The settlement has been excavated and is known as the Ajvide Settlement, (Swedish: Ajvideboplatsen).[7] Ajvide is also known for its beach meadow, Ajvide strandänge, one of only two on Gotland that are still used for harvesting hay.[8]


  1. ^ a b Carlquist, Gunnar, ed. (1947–1955). "Eksta socken". Svensk Uppslagsbok (in Swedish) (2nd ed.). Malmö: Förlagshuset Norden. 
  2. ^ "Gotland i siffror 2015" [Gotland in numbers 2015]. www.gotland.se. Gotland Municipality. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  3. ^ The exact extent of the socken, now district, can be obtained by clicking on Kartinställningar and check the Socken box in the menu of this map from the Swedish National Heritage Board database.
  4. ^ "Förordning om district" [Regulation of districts] (PDF). Ministry of Finance. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Eksta". www.ne.se. Nationalencyklopedin. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Lagerlöf, Erland; Svahnström, Gunnar (1973). Gotlands kyrkor [Gotland's Churces] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Rabén & Sjögren. pp. 123–124. ISBN 91-29-41035-5. LIBRIS 7232718. 
  7. ^ Hallin, Gunilla. "Ajvideboplatsen" (PDF). www.diva-portal.org. Gotland University. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Eksta – Ajvide strandänge". www.gotlandsangar.se. Gotlands Ängar. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 

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