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For other uses, see Hemse (disambiguation).
Hemse main street
Hemse main street
Hemse is located in Gotland
Coordinates: 57°14′N 18°22′E / 57.233°N 18.367°E / 57.233; 18.367Coordinates: 57°14′N 18°22′E / 57.233°N 18.367°E / 57.233; 18.367
Country Sweden
Province Gotland
County Gotland County
Municipality Gotland Municipality
 • Total 2.11 km2 (0.81 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2014)[2]
 • Total 1,700
 • Density 814/km2 (2,110/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website www.hemse.com

Hemse is a locality situated on the Swedish island of Gotland with 1,700 inhabitants in 2014.[2] It is the second largest locality (after Visby) on the island of Gotland. Formerly a socken,[3] on 1 January 2016, it was reconstituted into the administrative area Hemse District.[4] During 19th century Hemse was known for its market places.[5]


Hemse is the name of the socken, now district. It is also the name of the larger locality within the district and the small village surrounding the medieval Hemse Church,[6] sometimes referred to as Hemse kyrkby. It is situated in the central part of southern Gotland.[7]

One of the asteroids in the asteroid belt, 10124 Hemse, is named after this place.[8]


Hemse stave church, the best-preserved remnants of a stave church from present-day Sweden, was discovered under the floor of Hemse Church during the late 19th century.[6]


The following sports clubs are located in Hemse:


  1. ^ "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. ^ a b "Gotland i siffror 2015" [Gotland in numbers 2015]. www.gotland.se. 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. ^ Enderborg, Bernt. "Hemse torgdag" [Hemse market day]. Guteinfo. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Lagerlöf, Erland; Svahnström, Gunnar (1973). Gotlands kyrkor [Gotland's Churces] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Rabén & Sjögren. pp. 180–182. ISBN 91-29-41035-5. LIBRIS 7232718. 
  7. ^ "Hemse". www.ne.se. Nationalencyklopedin. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "10124 Hemse (1993 FE23)". NASA. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 

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