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Stånga Church
Stånga Church
Stånga is located in Gotland
Coordinates: 57°16′53″N 18°28′17″E / 57.28139°N 18.47139°E / 57.28139; 18.47139Coordinates: 57°16′53″N 18°28′17″E / 57.28139°N 18.47139°E / 57.28139; 18.47139
Country Sweden
Province Gotland
County Gotland County
Municipality Gotland Municipality
 • Total 1.05 km2 (0.41 sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Stånga is a locality on the Swedish island of Gotland, with 491 inhabitants in 2014.[2] Formerly a socken,[3] on 1 January 2016, it was reconstituted into the administrative area Stånga District.[4] It is most noted for hosting the annual Stånga Games.


Stånga 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 Stånga Church,[5] sometimes referred to as Stånga kyrkby. It is located in the southeast part of Gotland.[6]

One of the asteroids in the asteroid belt, 10131 Stånga, is named after this place.[7]

Stånga Games[edit]

The Stånga Games (Stångaspelen), also referred to as the "Gotland Olympic Games", is an annual sports competition in Stånga. The first games were concluded on 27 July 1924. The games are held during five days around the second weekend in July and gathers about 2000 participants. Competitions are held in various Gutnish disciplines, some dating back to the Viking Age.[8]



  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]. 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 25 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Lagerlöf, Erland; Svahnström, Gunnar (1973). Gotlands kyrkor [Gotland's Churces] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Rabén & Sjögren. pp. 245–248. ISBN 91-29-41035-5. LIBRIS 7232718. 
  6. ^ "Stånga". Nationalencyklopedin. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "10131 Stanga (1993 FP73)". NASA. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  8. ^ Molin, Maria (12 June 2015). "Stångaspelen för den oinvigde" [Stånga Games for the uninitiated]. Gotlands Media AB. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 

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