Vaxholm


Vaxholm is a locality and the seat of Vaxholm Municipality, Stockholm County, Sweden. It is located on the island of Vaxön [sv] in the Stockholm archipelago. The name Vaxholm comes from Vaxholm Castle, which was constructed in 1549 on an islet with this name on the inlet to Stockholm, for defence purposes, by King Gustav Vasa.

Vaxholm
Vaxholm Town Hall
Vaxholm
Vaxholm
Coordinates: 59°25′N 18°19′E
CountrySweden
ProvinceUppland
CountyStockholm County
MunicipalityVaxholm Municipality
Area
  Total1.64 km2 (0.63 sq mi)
Population
 (31 December 2010)[1]
  Total4,857
  Density2,962/km2 (7,670/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

For historical reasons it has always been referred to as a city, despite the small number of inhabitants, which as of 2010 total was 4,857.[1] Vaxholm Municipality prefers to use the designation Vaxholms stad (City of Vaxholm) for its whole territory, including 64 islets in the Stockholm archipelago, a usage which is somewhat confusing.

History


Vaxholm Fortress.

The town of Vaxholm was established in 1558, when King Gustav Vasa bought some farms from Count Per Brahe the Elder. It later received rights as a merchant town (köping) and in 1652 was granted the Royal Charter. The designated coat of arms reminds of the fortifications as well as shipping industry.

During the 19th century, it hardly expanded. In the 1880s, it became a popular spa town, and many wooden summer houses were built by people from Stockholm.

It was not until 1912 that it allowed houses to be built from materials other than wood, giving the town a distinctive appearance.

Transportation


Vaxholm is situated on an island, but is linked to the Swedish mainland by a series of road bridges, and a bus service connects the town to Stockholm city. The Waxholmsbolaget and other ferry lines also provide boat services to central Stockholm and many of the other islands of the Stockholm archipelago.

The Vaxholmsleden [sv] car ferry connects Vaxholm to the island of Rindö [sv] across the Kodjupet [sv] strait. The Kastellet ferry, an electrically powered cable ferry provides passenger access to Vaxholm Castle on its islet in the middle of the Kodjupet.

Sports


The following sports clubs are located in Vaxholm :

  • IFK Vaxholm
  • Vaxholms IBF
  • Vaxholms TK
  • IK Waxholm
  • Waxholms KK

Gallery


Panorama
Vaxholm during the world cup competitions in canoe in 1938.
Vaxholm 2013

References


  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.