Långe Jan

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Långe Jan Lighthouse
Ölands Södra Udde
Öland South End
Långe Jan
Öland's south cape
Coordinates56°11′46″N 16°23′55″E / 56.196204°N 16.398525°E / 56.196204; 16.398525Coordinates: 56°11′46″N 16°23′55″E / 56.196204°N 16.398525°E / 56.196204; 16.398525
Constructionlimestone tower with balcony and lantern
Tower shapecylindrical tower on a conical frustum basement with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower with black band, red lantern dome
Tower height41.6 metres (136 ft)
Focal height42 metres (138 ft)
Original lensopen fire
Current lens3rf order Fresnel lens, 1907
Range18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi)
CharacteristicFl (2) W 30s.
F WRG at 19 metres (62 ft)
Admiralty numberC7280
NGA number7720
ARLHS numberSWE-041
Sweden numberSV-5528
OperatorSwedish Maritime Administration (Sjöfartsverket)[1]


Heritagegovernmental listed building complex Edit this on Wikidata

Långe Jan ("Tall John") is a Swedish lighthouse located at the south cape of Öland in the Baltic Sea, Sweden's second largest island.[4] It is one of Sweden's most famous lighthouses along with Kullen, Vinga and Landsort, and also the tallest lighthouse in Sweden.

The lighthouse was built in 1785,[4] probably by Russian prisoners of war. The tower was built of stone from an old chapel. Originally the light was an open fire, and the tower was unpainted. It was painted white in 1845, and the same year the tower's lantern was installed, to house a colza oil lamp. A couple of years later a black band was added to the tower.

The lighthouse remains in use and is remote-controlled by the Swedish Maritime Administration in Norrköping. During the summer season it is possible to climb the tower, for a small fee.

The buildings surrounding the tower form Ottenby birding station.

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  1. ^ Långe Jan The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved April 5, 2016
  2. ^ Lighthouse "Långe Jan" www.leuchtturmseiten.de
  3. ^ Ölands södra udde - Långe Jan www.schwedische-leuchtfeuer.de
  4. ^ a b "Långe Jan". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 1 September 2010.

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