Socken

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Ekers socken in Narke on a map of Orebro hundred Ekers landskommun.jpg
Ekers socken in Närke on a map of Örebro hundred

Socken is the name used for a part of a county in Sweden. In Denmark similar areas are known as sogn, in Norway sokn or sogn and in Finland pitäjä/socken. A socken is a country-side area that was formed around a church, typically in the Middle Ages. A socken originally served as a parish. Later it also served as a civil parish or an administrative parish, and became a predecessor to today's municipalities of Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. Today it is a traditional area with frozen borders, in Sweden typically identical to those of the early 20th century country-side parishes. The socken also served as a registration unit for buildings, in Sweden recently replaced by identical districts as registration unit. A socken consists of several villages and industry localities (company towns), and is typically named after the main village and the original church.

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Socken, in old Swedish sokn (compare: Danish and bokmål sogn, nynorsk sokn) is an archaic name for the original country church parishes, kyrksocken. It also describes a secular area, a sockenkommun ("rural area locality") or a taxation area, a jordbokssocken. [1] [2] In the Nordic countries a socken was an administrative area consisting of several villages or localities in much the same way as the civil parishes in England, but the concept is not used in reference to towns. A socken had a socken church, it was governed by a socken council and it was the predecessor to modern municipalities [3] [4]

In 1862, the kyrksockens ("church socken") and the sockenkommuns ("rural area locality") in Sweden were abolished as administrative areas during municipality reforms. The jordbrukssocken ("taxation area") remained in use until the Fastighetsdatareformen ("Reform for registration of real property") 1976–1995 was complete. [5] No further alterations to the sockens was made after this.

On 1 January 2016, a new administrative division and area for statistics, registration districts or simply districts, was introduced in Sweden. Geographically, the districts correspond with the parishes of the Church of Sweden as of 31 December 1999. About 85% of the old sockens corresponds with the new districts. [6] [7] [8]

Even though the term socken is no longer used administratively in Sweden, it is still used for cataloging and registering historical archives (Swedish National Heritage Board), botany, dialect research, toponymy and by local historical societies. Socken is a convenient parameter for these purposes since it does not change with time. [9]

Lists of sockens

Skane, a place where socken is in use Skane (Scania) landscape. Rapeseed field near Maria Park outside Helsingborg.jpg
Skåne, a place where socken is in use
Gotland, a place where socken is in use Waves (3874805345).jpg
Gotland, a place where socken is in use
Dalarna, a place where socken is in use View of Lake Siljan.jpg
Dalarna, a place where socken is in use

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Tingstäde Place in Gotland, Sweden

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Väskinde Place in Gotland, Sweden

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Fleringe Place in Gotland, Sweden

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Fole Place in Gotland, Sweden

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Lummelunda Place in Gotland, Sweden

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Mästerby Place in Gotland, Sweden

Mästerby is a populated area, a socken or administrative parish, on the Swedish island of Gotland. It comprises the same area as the administrative Mästerby District, established on 1 January 2016.

Stenkyrka Place in Gotland, Sweden

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Vamlingbo Place in Gotland, Sweden

Vamlingbo is a populated area, a socken, on the Swedish island of Gotland. It comprises the same area as the administrative Vamlingbo District, established on 1 January 2016.

Burs, Gotland Place in Gotland, Sweden

Burs is a populated area, a socken, on the Swedish island of Gotland. It comprises the same area as the administrative Burs District, established on 1 January 2016. As of 2015, Gustaf Edman from Burs was probably Sweden's tallest man.

Fardhem Place in Gotland, Sweden

Fardhem is a populated area, a socken, on the Swedish island of Gotland. It comprises the same area as the administrative Fardhem District, established on 1 January 2016. The area is rural with farms, tourism and small companies as the main sources of income. It is home to football club Fardhem IF.

Hablingbo Place in Gotland, Sweden

Hablingbo is a populated area, a socken, on the Swedish island of Gotland. It comprises the same area as the administrative Hablingbo District, established on 1 January 2016.

Akebäck Place in Gotland, Sweden

Akebäck is a populated area, a socken, on the Swedish island of Gotland. It comprises the same area as the administrative Akebäck District, established on 1 January 2016.

Ardre, Gotland Place in Gotland, Sweden

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Sundre, Gotland Place in Gotland, Sweden

Sundre is a populated area, a socken, on the Swedish island of Gotland. It comprises the same area as the administrative Sundre District, established on 1 January 2016.

Gothem Place in Gotland, Sweden

Gothem is a populated area, a socken, on the Swedish island of Gotland. It comprises the same area as the administrative Gothem District, established on 1 January 2016.

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