Söderhamn is a locality and the seat of Söderhamn Municipality, Gävleborg County, Sweden with 11,761 inhabitants in 2010.[1]

Söderhamn City Hall in July 2016
Coordinates: 61°18′N 17°05′E
CountyGävleborg County
MunicipalitySöderhamn Municipality
  Total10.53 km2 (4.07 sq mi)
 (31 December 2010)[1]
  Density1,117/km2 (2,890/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

The most popular tourist attraction is Oscarsborg, a tower built in 1895 on the top of a hill close to the town centre. The tower was built as a memorial of a visit of king Oscar II of Sweden. The king actually never visited Söderhamn.


In October 2012, organised by the local authorities of Söderhamn and Sweden's national employment office, anyone aged 18–28 could apply to be paid to find a job in Oslo, Norway, in an attempt to reduce local youth unemployment. Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, project manager Magnus Nilsen said: "Going to Norway to find work has always been quite popular with young people, but sometimes they want to go but don't know how to find a job or accommodation so we thought we'd give them a bit of help with both." Those who sign up are given a free ticket to the Norwegian capital, while also being put up in a youth hostel for up to a month while searching for employment.[2]


The biggest local sport is bandy. Broberg/Söderhamn Bandy play in the highest division Elitserien and has become Swedish champions five times. In October 2017 the indoor venue Helsingehus Arena was inaugurated.[3] The coach of the national bandy team and members of the Federation of International Bandy board, such as the current Secretary General Bo Nyman, have come from Söderhamn.[4]

Söderhamns FF and Stugsunds IK are the local football clubs.

Notable residents

  • Safin Taki, film producer, director and cinematographer who grew up in Söderhamn.
  • Jan Johansson, jazz musician and pianist who was born in Söderhamn.
  • Max Persson, rapper, producer, songwriter, architect and engineer who lives in Söderhamn
  • Alex Sköld, constructer, engineer and artist who lives in Söderhamn.


  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. "Sweden pays jobless youth to move to Norway". The Daily Telegraph. 31 Oct 2012.
  3. Helsingehus Arena
  4. "Federation of International Bandy". Olympic Council of Asia. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  5. http://www.bandysidan.nu/player.php?SpelareID=2971

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