Alva, Gotland

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Alva Church
Alva Church
Alva is located in Gotland
Coordinates: 57°12′22″N 18°22′13″E / 57.20611°N 18.37028°E / 57.20611; 18.37028Coordinates: 57°12′22″N 18°22′13″E / 57.20611°N 18.37028°E / 57.20611; 18.37028
CountyGotland County
MunicipalityGotland Municipality
 • Total23,3 km2 (90 sq mi)
 • Total133
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Alva is a populated area, a socken (not to be confused with parish), on the Swedish island of Gotland.[3] It comprises the same area as the administrative Alva District, established on 1 January 2016.[4]


Alva is the name of the socken as well as the district. It is also the name of the small village surrounding the medieval Alva Church,[5] sometimes referred to as Alva kyrkby. It is situated in the south part of Gotland.[6]

As of 2019, Alva Church belongs to Alva-Hemse-Rone parish in Sudrets pastorat, along with the churches in Hemse and Rone.[7][8]


  1. ^ Carlquist, Gunnar, ed. (1947–1955). Svensk Uppslagsbok (in Swedish) (2nd ed.). Malmö: Förlagshuset Norden. p. 67.
  2. ^ "Gotland i siffror 2015" [Gotland in numbers 2015]. Gotland Municipality. Retrieved 25 May 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 24 May 2016.
  5. ^ Lagerlöf, Erland; Svahnström, Gunnar (1973). Gotlands kyrkor [Gotland's Churces] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Rabén & Sjögren. pp. 90–92. ISBN 91-29-41035-5. LIBRIS 7232718.
  6. ^ "Alva". Nationalencyklopedin. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Församlingar på Gotland". Church of Sweden. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Visby stifts indelning 2018". Church of Sweden. Retrieved 12 January 2019.

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