Haninge Kommun

The southern archipelago of Stockholm

The municipality Haninge Kommun covers the coastal region south of Stockholm and the southern part of the archipelago of Stockholm consisting of several thousand islands.

Haninge Kommun is a popular holiday region and at the same time a popular leisure region for the residents of Stockholm due to the numerous possibilities offered by its beautiful coastline and picturesque archipelago.

The coastline consists of a series of smaller and larger bays and headlands. Within a strip of about 10 to 15 kilometres between the central town Handen and the coast, the landscape is relatively flat and consists of a mosaic of fields, meadows and small woods and a few rocky hills.

Otherwise, the landscape consists of densely wooded rocky ridges which are highest in the southwestern part of the municipality and to which the 111-metre-high Tornberg belongs as the highest point of the entire province Stockholms Län. In the north-eastern part of the municipality the mountain ranges are less prominent, but the densely wooded landscape is like a wilderness, which is preserved there by the almost 20-square-kilometre Tyresta Nationalpark.

No less pristine is the incomparable world of the archipelago off the coast. On the larger islands or islands close to the coast such as Muskö, Ornö and Utö the landscape is quite pleasant. The outer archipelago far off the coast, on the other hand, has its own type of landscape, in which the bare rocky subsoil often emerges and the vegetation consists mainly of lichens, mosses, grasses as well as low-growing shrubs and trees. A representative example is the Ålandskär Naturreservat on the island of Huvudskär, 30 kilometres from the mainland.

In total there are 20 other nature reserves in the municipality, which protect special or typical natural landscapes on the mainland as well as on the islands and at sea. In addition to exciting excursions into nature, Haninge Kommun as a coastal municipality naturally offers many opportunities for activities on and around the water, such as boat trips to the archipelago, paddling tours, fishing or swimming at one of the beautiful sandy or rocky beaches.

Who prefers a quiet lake will find about 50 different, mostly small inland lakes on the mainland, some with bathing places. By far the largest lake is the branched Drevviken, which covers about 5.5 square kilometres and also extends over parts of the neighbouring municipalities Huddinge, Tyresö and Stockholms Kommun.

The municipality of Haninge in figures

The municipality of Haninge is the third largest municipality in the province of Stockholms Län with an area of around 2,200 square kilometres following the municipalities Norrtälje and Värmdö. With around 90,000 inhabitants, the average population density in the municipality is just under 42 inhabitants per square kilometre.

Most of the inhabitants are concentrated in the north of the municipality. They are spread over the central town of Handen and the neighbouring towns of Vendelsö, Brandbergen, Norrby and Vega, which are both towns in the municipality of Haninge and parts the city of Stockholm. The next largest town is Jordbro, which borders on Handen to in the south and has about 11,000 inhabitants. The rest of the municipality and especially the islands are relatively sparsely populated.