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Coordinates: 59°18′47″N 18°04′05″E / 59.31306°N 18.06806°E / 59.31306; 18.06806
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18th century housing facing Riddarfjärden
Södermalm is located in Stockholm Municipality
Södermalm is located in Stockholm
LocationBaltic Sea
Coordinates59°18′47″N 18°04′05″E / 59.31306°N 18.06806°E / 59.31306; 18.06806
Area5.71 km2 (2.20 sq mi)
BoroughSödermalm borough
MunicipalityStockholm Municipality
Söder Stockholm aerial video
Brännkyrkagatan on Södermalm.
Ryssgården square at the Slussen area, Södermalm.
Wooden house at Åsögatan 213, built 1730.
Söder Torn, an 86-meter-tall building near Medborgarplatsen. Built in 1997 after drawings from the Danish architect Henning Larsen.

Södermalm, often shortened to just Söder, is the southern district of Stockholm City Centre.



The Södermalm district covers the island of the same name (formerly called Åsön), which, however, is not fully separated from the peninsula of Södertörn (or the rest of the Swedish mainland), as water to both its north and south does not flow freely but passes through a lock and a man-made waterway.

Södermalm is connected to its surrounding areas by a number of bridges. It connects to Gamla stan to the north by Slussen, a grid of road and rail and a lock separating the lake Mälaren from the Baltic Sea, to Långholmen to the northwest by one of the city's larger bridges, Västerbron, to the islet Reimersholme to the west, to Liljeholmen to the southwest by the bridge Liljeholmsbron, to Årsta by Årstabron and Skansbron, to Johanneshov by Johanneshovsbron and Skanstullsbron to the south, and, finally, to Södra Hammarbyhamnen to the east by Danvikstull Bridge.

Administratively, Södermalm is part of Stockholm Municipality. It constitutes, together with Gamla stan and some other districts, from 2007 the administrative district Södermalms stadsdelsområde, often translated as Södermalm borough.


Wooden buildings on Södermalm in 1924, drawn by Ferdinand Boberg.

The name Södermalm (as Suthaermalm) is first mentioned in 1288 in a letter from Bishop Anund of Strängnäs. Until the early 17th century Södermalm was mainly a rural, agricultural area.[1] Its first urban areas were planned and built in the mid 17th century, comprising a mixture of working class housing, such as the little red cottages of which a few can still be seen in northeastern Södermalm, and the summer houses and pavilions of wealthier families, such as Emanuel Swedenborg's pavilion, which is now in the outdoor museum Skansen. During this time, it was also the location of perhaps the first theatre in Scandinavia, Björngårdsteatern. Södermalm is often poetically named Söders höjder ("heights of the south"), which reflects its topography of sheer cliffs and rocky hills. Indeed, the hills of Södermalm provide remarkable views of Stockholm's skyline.

In the 18th century, the working-class cottages that clung to Mariaberget, the steep cliffs facing Riddarfjärden, were replaced by the large buildings that are still present today. It was not until the beginning of the 20th century that urbanization grasped the entire width of Södermalm, and even today parts of Södermalm have a rural feeling to them, as for instance the landscape of tiny allotments that climb the slopes of Eriksdal.

Södermalm was once known as the "slum" area of Stockholm. However today, Södermalm is known as the home of bohemian, alternative culture and a broad range of cultural amenities. Meanwhile, the growing demand for housing, as well as an increasing gentrification of Stockholm's central parts, makes apartments in Södermalm more and more difficult or expensive to come by. Thus what was once a working-class district is now somewhat a district of the privileged.[2]



Neighbourhoods and parishes


There are four parishes of the Church of Sweden on the island (from west to east):

  • Högalid, partitioned from the parish of Maria Magdalena in 1925.
  • Maria Magdalena, partitioned from the Stockholm city parish in 1591, and subsequently divided into the modern parishes.
  • Katarina, partitioned from Maria Magdalena in 1654.
  • Sofia, partitioned from Katarina in 1917 and also includes parts of the mainland south of Södermalm.

Södermalm is roughly divided into the following neighbourhoods (from west to east):

Main sights

The Högalid Church in July 2006.
Södra Teatern at Mosebacke Square, Södermalm.



In poetry and fiction


In pop culture


Notable incidents


In May of 2024, two elks were found wandering around Södermalm.[6][7][8] This type of incident had happened previously, in 2023 as well as in 2022.[9]



Railway and Stockholm metro stations




See also



  1. ^ "Stockholm Stories". Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  2. ^ Franzén, M. "New social movements and gentrification in Hamburg and Stockholm: A comparative study." Journal of Housing and the Built Environment 20 (2005): 51-77.
  3. ^ "Bellmanmuseet". Time Out.
  4. ^ "Bellmanhuset". Bellmanhuset. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Minecraft Official Site". 7 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Älgkalvar som rört sig på Södermalm på morgonen avlivade". SVT Nyheter (in Swedish). 2024-05-31. Retrieved 2024-05-31.
  7. ^ "Älgar på Södermalm". tv4.se (in Swedish). 2024-05-31. Retrieved 2024-05-31.
  8. ^ Nyman, Jenny (2024-05-31). "Älgar avlivade efter vända på Söder". SvD.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2024-05-31.
  9. ^ Flores, Juan; Hernvall, William; Nordström, Andreas (2024-05-31). "Två älgar skjutna på Södermalm i Stockholm". DN.se (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2024-05-31. Retrieved 2024-05-31.