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Oxelösund is a town in Södermanland, at Sweden's coast to the Baltic Sea. It is a rather young city, with 11,000 inhabitants, built around the port and the steel mill, in the vicinity of Nyköping.
Oxelösund has a fairly short history. While its natural harbor has been used for at least 500 years, the settlement was founded in 1900. When it became necessary to build a railroad to transport products from mining and smelting region of Bergslagen in central Sweden directly to the Baltic Sea, the choice fell on Oxelösund.
Industrial Group Traffic AB Grängesberg-Oxelösund (TGO; best known as Granges) formed in 1873 the railway company OFWJ (Oxelosund Flen-Västmanlands Railway), later TGOJ (Traffic Grängesberg-Oxelösunds railways). The company bought almost the entire Oxelosund Peninsula, which then belonged to the estates of the Stjärnholm Castle, to be able to build the facilities they needed. The existing of Oxelösund was at this time entirely insignificant - it had grown up thanks to the port, railway and steelworks which was added somewhat later (1913).
At the beginning of the 1950s Oxelösund was a typical Swedish town with wooden houses and lush gardens. As one of the last communities in Sweden Oxelösund became city in 1950. The local population then totalled 5200 people. The business community was strongly influenced by the industry, and the largest employer was the iron works with about 700 workers.
A milestone in the resort development became Granges Group's decision in 1955 to buy a majority share in Oxelösund Ironworks AB (SSAB Oxelösund today).
Old Oxelösund was removed to make space for the new steelworks but there are still a few houses left offering the glimpse of 1920s. A brand new center was built as was a highway from Nykoping into the city (Highway 53). In 1957 the characteristic St. Botvids Church was inaugurated. Overall, Oxelosund today is dominated by the 20th-century transformation of the port, ironworks and a homogeneous 1950s buildings.
In 1962 a coastal artillery battery was built on the Femöre peninsula to defend the important harbor.
Oxelösund's municipality, Oxelösunds kommun, has a remarkably small land area. Most of the surrounding countryside belongs to Nyköping.
By planeThe nearest airport is Nyköping Skavsta Airport about 20 km from Oxelösund. From the airport there are buses to Oxelösund. Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, Sweden's main international airport, is 150 km north of Oxelosund.
By busSörmlandstrafiken operates the route Nyköping-Oxelösund. It is possible to take line 515 from the airport to Nyköping bus station and change on to 715 to Oxelösund.
You can pay the driver by credit card, but they don't take cash.
By trainThere is no rail scheduled to Oxelösund. At larger events an special antique train is operated on the tack to Oxelösund. It is also possible to charter train through the Association of Sörmlands Veteran Railway (FSVJ - Föreningen Sörmlands Veteranjärnväg).
By car15 km from the Nyköping on 2-lane Highway (Route 53) straight out to sea. E4 to Nyköping, Norrköping and Stockholm.
By boatIn the summertime it is possible to ride a passenger boat between Nyköping and Oxelösund. If you arrive with your own boat, there are two marinas in the vicinity of the central Oxelösund.
By bikeFrom Nyköping there are bike paths that take you through Stjärnholm to central Oxelösund and Jogersö.
phone: +46 155 383 50A top secret Cold War coastal artillery fortress built in 1966 and active until 1998. 1-hour guided tours take you to the tunnels in the granite massive and show you the life of soldiers underground. See Cold War Europe for other destinations on the same theme.
Water sportsKayaks can be rented at Jogersö beach.
phone: +46 70-644 97 76address: Jogersövägen 15Apart from renting kayaks, the company offers courses and tours. The tours are combined with Joga. It is also possible to rent camping equipment.
- Oxelö Market (Oxelö Marknad) - A Saturday in May. Music, historic train rides.
In Oxelösund, there are places and choices to suit all budgets and tastes. Everything from a simple cabin to a castle.
Stjärnholm Manorphone: +46-155-22 27 00Stjärnholm Mano is owned and operated by the Diocese of Strängnäs in Swedish Church and is a combined hotel and conference center.
phone: +46 155-330 20address: Gamla oxelösundsvägen 2Hotel Ankaret is right in the center and is a simple hotel in the Best Western chain. Close to the harbor, Boda Borg and Old Oxelösund.
Motel PolishusetPolishuset (Police building) offers simple accommodation close to the center, the sea and Boda Borg. Polishuset also has its own restaurant with elements of Indian cuisine.
Hostels, camping sites and cottages
phone: +46 155 300 48address: Esplanaden 17Hostel Poppeln near the center with single, double and family rooms. Self-catering kitchen, large day room, gymnasium, porch and patio with barbecue facilities. Close to Boda Borg and center.
phone: +46 155 304 66On the Baltic coast. It has Sörmland's largest seaside resort, jogging and triathlon course. Open all year round.
phone: +46 155-383 50At the very edge of the Femöre cliff attached to the lighthouse is this unique accommodation with the ocean as its nearest neighbor. The cottages can be booked up to three days and bookings are on Oxelösunds Tourist Office.
Vivesta Havsbadphone: +46 70-823 81 35Cabin rental.
Mobile homes sites
- The fishing harbor, 12 sites, operated and managed by Femöre Marina, +46 70-213 40 66, email: email@example.com
- Oxelösunds marina: about 200 sites, buoy, harbor depth of 1.2-2.8 m, boat refueling station, restaurant, free TuffStuff trains to the center in summer, playground, wireless internet, boules courts, Boat and motor. +46 76-803 09 70.
- Fiskhamnens marina: 15-20 sites, buoy, harbor depth of 2.5-4.5 m, boatyards, fish restaurant Sailor, wireless internet, rack space for campers. +46 70-213 40 66.