Söderhamn

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Söderhamn
Söderhamn City Hall
Söderhamn City Hall
Söderhamn is located in Sweden Gävleborg
Söderhamn
Söderhamn
Söderhamn is located in Sweden
Söderhamn
Söderhamn
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
Area[1]
 • 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.
Oscarsborg.

Unemployment[edit]

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]

Sports[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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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