Cultural environment - cultural heritage - are words that fit well with the archipelago. But it is a cultural heritage that is rapidly disappearing in its intangible aspect.

However, the physical cultural heritage has great potential to be preserved. The buildings, harbors and agricultural landscape are highly valued by many people who see the value of caring for them carefully, both for emotional reasons and because of their economic value. In order to create a better knowledge base, the regional cultural environment protection, i.e. the county board and the county museum, have carried out a comprehensive inventory of the archipelago's environments. The purpose of the inventory has been to obtain more detailed information about the islands' older building stock and agricultural landscape, which in turn can be used as a basis for various cultural-historical considerations. It includes decisions about protection, financial support and care of the settlement and the agricultural landscape. The material will also be able to be used in development projects, consultancy and various forms of information efforts, and it will contribute to designing a cultural environment program specifically for the archipelago.

A living archipelago

The most important conservation issue facing cultural environmental protection in the archipelago is how a resident population can be given opportunities to work and earn a living there all year round. The vision is a living archipelago with a well-established cultural landscape and carefully cared for older buildings. By living is meant both that people should be able to live and earn their living in the archipelago, but also that the archipelago should be able to be used for recreation. Businesses and buildings must therefore be allowed to grow in new forms on the terms of the existing ones.

The building register

The register is available via The National Heritage Board in Stockholm is responsible for the development and technical management of the register, while the County Museum in Kalmar is responsible for the cultural-historical content of the archipelago inventory. The register has been running since 1998 and is continuously replenished with information about buildings from all over the country. The following islands are now available in the building register:

Västervik municipality: Björkholmen, Ekö, Flatholmen, Gärdsholmen, Hersö, Horsö, Idö, Järsö, Koholmen, Lilla Rätö, Lilla Järö, Ljusterö, Loftahammars-Hultö, Långö, Långö (Lilla Rätö 1: 2), Långö (Västrum) Marsö, Norra Långholmen, Nävelsö, Skälö, Spårö, Stora Järö, Stora Kalvö, Stora Rätö, Stora Trollholmen, Sundsholmen, Tallholmen, Torrö (vid Hasselö), Torrö (vid Malmö), Vidö, Vinökalv, Västrums-Hultö, Värmansö, Värs , Äskeskär, Örnholmen

Oskarshamn municipality: Boskär, Hamnö, Hunö, Marsö, Skavdö, Stora Bergö, Strupö, Upplångö, Vinö, Älö, Ävrö, Örö

Mönsterås municipality: Björnö, Dämman, Gårö, Herrholmen, Lövö, Oknö, Vallö.

The inventory was carried out in 1996-2003, initially under the auspices of the County Administrative Board and then by Kalmar County Museum, but with a grant from the County Administrative Board.

Västervik's museum participated when parts of Västervik's archipelago were inventoried. The inventory work was reported in several different ways; here on the Kalmar county museum's website, in the Kalmar county museum's yearbook 2003, in the form of special "island reports", through information meetings and talks. The important thing is that the results are widely disseminated and become available to everyone. The island reports are an attempt to collect all available knowledge about each island's cultural-historical development in a concise history. This is supplemented with a simple historical description of the settlement on the island, a brief comment regarding the current situation and ends with a bibliography for those who want to read more. The island reports are written by antiquarian Agneta Ericsson.


Mönsterås municipality

Björnö with Ängeskär (pdf)

The dam (pdf)

Gårö and Tokö with Skeppsholmen (pdf)

Herrholmarna (pdf)

Lövö (pdf)

Oknö (pdf)

Vallö with Taktö (pdf)

Oskarshamn municipality

Blue Virgo (pdf)

Boskär (pdf)

Fittjö (pdf)

Furö (pdf)

Hamnö (pdf)

Hunö (pdf)

Marsö (pdf)

Runnö (pdf)

Skavdö (pdf)

Stora Bergsö (pdf)

Strupö (pdf)

Älö (pdf)

Ävrö (pdf)

Örö (pdf)

Västervik municipality

Askö (pdf)

Björkö with Björkholmen (pdf)

Eknö (pdf)

Eco (pdf)

Flatholmen (pd)

Grindö (pdf)

Hasselö (pdf)

Hersö (pdf)

Hersö with Koholmen (pdf)

Trade open (pdf)

Ido with Krokö (pdf)

Jarsö (pdf)

Jaröarna (pdf)

Kårö (pdf)

Norra Långholmen (pdf)

Langö with Trässö (pdf)

Långöarna (pdf)

Malmöarna (north and south) with Skeppsholmen (pdf)

Marsö (pdf)

Nävelsö (pdf)

Rågö with Sorsö, Kalvö, Skärbäcksholmen and Stora Trollholmen (pdf)

Lilla Räto with Långö and Stevassen (pdf)

Skälö (pdf)

Sladö (pdf)

Smågö with Varsö (pdf)

Solidö (pdf)

Spårö and Gronö (pdf)

Stora Kalvö (pdf)

Stora Ratö (pdf)

Storkläppen (pdf)

Strömsholmen (pdf)

Städsholmen (pdf)

Sundsholmen (pdf)

Tallholmen and Örnholmen (pdf)

Torrö (pdf)

Vidö (pdf)

Vinökalv with Justerö (pdf)

Väderskär (pdf)

Värmansö (pdf)

Västrums Hultö (pdf)

Västrums Långö (pdf)

Åleskär, Jutskär and Bondeskär (pdf)