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Västerhejde Church
Västerhejde Church
Västerhejde is located in Gotland
Coordinates: 57°35′N 18°15′E / 57.583°N 18.250°E / 57.583; 18.250Coordinates: 57°35′N 18°15′E / 57.583°N 18.250°E / 57.583; 18.250
Country Sweden
Province Gotland
County Gotland County
Municipality Gotland Municipality
 • Total 0.53 km2 (0.20 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2014)[2]
 • Total 2,306
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Västerhejde is a locality on the Swedish island of Gotland. Formerly a socken,[3] on 1 January 2016, it was reconstituted into the administrative area Västerhejde District.[4]


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

Located within Västerhejde are also Vibble, Nygårds fishing village with an adjacent manor and sheep farm, as well as Högklint, a small settlement by the coast. Högklint is also the name of the high cliff with an almost vertical 48 m (157 ft) drop down to the sea. There are several small caves in the steep cliff side.[7][8][9]

One of the asteroids in the asteroid belt, 10554 Västerhejde, is named after this place.[10]


  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. ^ "Gotland i siffror 2015" [Gotland in numbers 2015]. www.gotland.se. 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. ^ Jacobsson, Britta; Johansson, Eva; Johansson, Per; Andersson, Rolf (1990). Våra kyrkor [Our churches] (in Swedish). Västervik: Klarkullens förlag AB. p. 682. ISBN 91-971561-0-8. LIBRIS 7794694. 
  6. ^ "Västerhejde". www.ne.se. Nationalencyklopedin. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Nygårds Herrgård". www.gotland.com. Inspiration Gotland. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Henriksson, Greta. "Västerhejde Nygårds 1:209". www.gotland.se. Gotland County Administrative Board. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  9. ^ Enderborg, Bernt. "Högklint". www.guteinfo.com. Guteinfo. Retrieved 31 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "10554 Vasterhejde (1993 FO34)". NASA. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 

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