Södermanland (·info), sometimes referred to under its Latin form Sudermannia or Sudermania, is a historical province or landskap on the south eastern coast of Sweden. It borders Östergötland, Närke, Västmanland and Uppland. It is also bounded by lake Mälaren and the Baltic sea.
In Swedish, the province name is frequently shortened to Sörmland.
Södermanland means "Southern man land". It was used as a directional reference to lake Mälaren, compared to Uppland (north) and Västmanland (west).
The traditional provinces of Sweden serve no administrative or political purposes, but are historical and cultural entities. There is a corresponding administrative Södermanland County. However, the bulk of the population is within Stockholm County
The coat of arms was granted in 1560. The arms is represented with a ducal coronet. Blazon: "Or, a Griffin rampant Sable beaked, langued, membered and armed Gules." The same CoA was granted for the county in 1940.
The terrain is flat, with its highest altitude being Skogsbyås at 124 meters elevation. The terrain largely consists of water filled hollows covered with woods on the heights.
There are three major water regions. One in the west, where lake Hjälmaren drains into Mälaren. There is a second water region on Södertörn, which is rather small in size and has no larger lakes: Bornsjön 6.5 km², Orlången 2.5 km², Magelungen 2.9 km². The third is to the south towards Kolmården.
Stockholm: It’s notable that both the city of Stockholm (capital of Sweden) and Stockholm County is divided in the middle between Södermanland (southern part) and Uppland (northern part).
- National parks: Tyresta
The population of Södermanland is 1,193,583 as of December 31, 2009. It distributes over three counties as follows:
|part of Stockholm County||917,944|
|part of Södermanland County||268,987|
|part of Västmanland County||6,652|
Södermanland is, with 146 inhabitants/km², the most densely populated of the provinces; a great part of Stockholm urban area being situated within its limits.
Södermanland is one of the ancient Swedish provinces. People probably settled there in the early Stone Age, from which time the earliest remains date. There are a total of 96,000 known ancient remains such as grave fields, coins, knives, etc. There are prominent finds especially from the Younger Stone Age, but also a substantial amount from the Nordic Bronze Age. From the older Iron Age, before 0 AD, the finds are however more sparse. Then from the 5th and 6th century the finds are again plenty, now of gold. In 1774, a treasure of 12 kilograms of gold from that time was found on a farm in Tureholm.
The earliest recorded history is generally of the legendary kind. Before the 7th century it is deemed to have been governed by petty kingdoms. This period ended when Ingjald the Ill-Ruler allegedly had a number of local rulers arsoned around 640.
The oldest city with the historical city status in Södermanland was Södertälje, a privilege granted around 1000. Nyköping received the privilege in 1187. In the 13th century, Stockholm was granted the privilege; in the 14th century followed by Strängnäs, Torshälla and Trosa.
Around 1100, Strängnäs became the episcopal seat with a bishop and cathedral. It was for a long time the only diocese of the province. In 1942 the Diocese of Stockholm was established, claiming parts of the Strängnäs territory.
The first affirmative records date from the 13th century. King Magnus Ladulås was given the province in 1266, and settled himself on the manor at Nyköping. Nyköping became one of the most important cities in Sweden. In 1317, Nyköping become the location of the infamous Nyköping Banquet where King Birger had both his brothers murdered to take possession of the crown and avenge earlier wrong-deeds.
In 1523 the King Gustav Vasa, referred to as the Sweden's father of the nation, was crowned in Strängnäs. The date, June 6, eventually is commemorated as the national holiday. Charles IX, a son of Gustav Vasa, favoured the province, fortifying castles and establishing early industries.
Dukes and Duchesses of Södermanland
- Prince Magnus (as of 1252; king from 1275)
- Prince Eric (1302–1310 – also Dalsland, North Halland, Värmland and West Gothland)
- Prince Carl (as of 1560; king from 1604 – also Närke and Värmland)
- Crown Prince Gustav Adolph (1604–1607 – also Västmanland)
- Prince Carl Philip (1607–1618 – also Närke and Värmland)
- Prince Carl (as of 1772; king from 1809)
- Princess Charlotte, his wife and widow (as of 1774; queen from 1809)
- Crown Prince Oscar (as of 1811; king from 1844)
- Crown Princess Josephine, his wife and widow (as of 1823; queen from 1844)
- Prince Carl Oscar (1852–1854)
- Prince Wilhelm (1884–1965)
- Princess Maria, his wife (1909 until divorce 1914)
The area has been inhabited since the Stone Age, and medieval churches, runestones and gravefields are plenty around the countryside.
Cities (year city rights were granted)
- Eskilstuna (1659)
- Flen (1949)
- Katrineholm (1917)
- Mariefred (1605)
- Nacka (1949)
- Nyköping (1187)
- Nynäshamn (1946)
- Oxelösund (1950)
- Stockholm (1250)
- Strängnäs (1336)
- Södertälje (approximately 1000)
- Torshälla (1317)
- Trosa (approximately 1300)
Football in the province is administered by Södermanlands Fotbollförbund.