Vadstena Municipality

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Vadstena Municipality
Vadstena kommun
Coat of arms of Vadstena Municipality
Coat of arms
Vadstena Municipality in Östergötland County.png
Country Sweden
County Östergötland County
Seat Vadstena
 • Total 413.259725 km2 (159.560472 sq mi)
 • Land 181.839725 km2 (70.208710 sq mi)
 • Water 231.42 km2 (89.35 sq mi)
  Area as of January 1, 2014.
Population (December 31, 2016)[2]
 • Total 7,348
 • Density 18/km2 (46/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code SE
Province Östergötland
Municipal code 0584
Vadstena Hospital Museum

Vadstena Municipality (Vadstena kommun) is a municipality in Östergötland County in southeast Sweden. Its seat is located in the city of Vadstena.

The old City of Vadstena was during the nationwide local government reform of the 1970s merged into Motala Municipality in 1974. This "marriage" was unsuccessful and a "divorce" was soon agreed upon and in 1980 the present municipality was created. It contains, however, 12 original units.


Vadstena is situated by lake Vättern, Sweden's second largest lake. Fishing was an important source of food when the town was first founded around the year 1000 AD, and it continued to be dependent on fish and ship merchandise.

There are two nature reserves in the municipality:


  • Vadstena Castle
  • Vadstena Abbey
  • The Vadstena Hospital area and museum with buildings from the 16th century to the 20th century.
  • Herrestad Church, inaugurated in 1112, which makes it one of the oldest dated stone churches in Sweden (the Holy Cross Church in Dalby, Skåne, Sweden was built "around" 1060). The church tower was constructed around a century later, and is largely unmodified throughout the centuries.
  • Rogslösa Church, from the 13th century, which is especially notable for its ornaments of Celtic influences.
  • There are also other interesting medieval churches in the municipality, such as Hagebyhöga Church, Väversunda Church, Hov Church, Örberga Church and Nässja Church. Most of these were begun on in the 12th century.


  1. ^ "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (Microsoft Excel) (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 31 december 2016" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. February 21, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 

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Coordinates: 58°27′N 14°54′E / 58.450°N 14.900°E / 58.450; 14.900