Öland is Sweden‘s second largest island, only Gotland is larger and of more importance. It lies in the Baltic Sea just off the coast of Småland, connected to the mainland by a bridge from Kalmar. Öland is popular among domestic tourists, many Swedes have had a summer cottage here for generations. Öland can be crowded by vacationers from Midsummer to mid-August.
- Not to be confused with Åland, a group of islands in the northern Baltic Sea, associated with Finland..
Öland is rather sparsely populated, with most of the land consisting of farm land or in the north woods. Much of the southern cultural landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Agricultural Landscape of Southern Öland. The island is also popular for summer vacations and among bird watchers.
- 1 Borgholm
— Historically the major settlement on the island, with the castle and Solliden palace.
- 1 Färjestaden
— With some 6,000 inhabitants this is the largest community on Öland. It’s on the western shore of the island, facing Kalmar on the other side of the straight.
- 1 Mörbylånga
— A tiny community with less than 2,000 inhabbitants.