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Söderhamn City Hall
Söderhamn City Hall
Söderhamn is located in Sweden Gävleborg
Söderhamn is located in Sweden
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
 • 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/

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 Oscarsborg, a tower built in 1895 on the top of a hill close to the town centre. The tower was built as a memorial of a visit of king Oscar II of Sweden. The king actually never visited Söderhamn.

Söderhamn circa 1700, from Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna.


In October 2012, organised by the local authorities of Söderhamn and Sweden's national employment office, anyone aged 18–28 could apply to be paid to find a job in Oslo, Norway, in an attempt to reduce local youth unemployment. Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, project manager Magnus 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 sign up are given a free ticket to the Norwegian capital, while also being put up in a youth hostel for up to a month while searching for employment.[2]


The biggest local sport is bandy. Broberg/Söderhamn Bandy play in the highest division Elitserien and has become Swedish champions five times. In October 2017 the indoor venue Helsingehus Arena was inaugurated.[3] 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.[4]

Söderhamns FF and Stugsunds IK are the local football clubs.

Notable residents[edit]

Safin Taki, film produccer, director and cinematographer who grew up in Söderhamn

Stefan Karlsson has become world champion in bandy both as a player and coach, as well as Swedish champion for three different clubs, local Broberg, IF Boltic and Vetlanda BK[5]


  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". The Daily Telegraph. 31 Oct 2012. 
  3. ^ Helsingehus Arena
  4. ^ "Federation of International Bandy". Olympic Council of Asia. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.bandysidan.nu/player.php?SpelareID=2971

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