Sodermalm is an island in Stockholm, Sweden. This place is also known as the Heights of Soder and forms Stockholm's southern district with an approximate population of 100,000 (according to the census report of 2006).
Sodermalm is Scandinavia's one of the most populated districts. There are several bridges that connect Sodermalm with the surrounding areas. It is administratively the part of Stockholm Municipality. Until the 17th century Sodermalm had been the agricultural hub of Stockholm. In the middle of 17th century, Sodermalm's urban areas were built for the first time. During that time, many of the laborers settled over there.
Past and Present Picture of Sodermalm
Many of the red cottages can still be seen in the northern part of Sodermalm. Most of the parts of Sodermalm are hilly. Presently, shopping malls, restaurants, cafes and bars are also been constructed over here as part of the modernization process. Recently, a Hammarby Sea Village housing project has been undertaken in Sodermalm.
This place of Sodermalm is roughly divided into 4 parts of Maria Magdalena in the mid-northern area, Högalid in the western area, Katarina-Sofia in the north-eastern area and Aso in the mid-southern area.
In several literary works, name of this island is mentioned. Some such writers who have mentioned its name in their poems and novels are August Strindberg, Carl Michael Bellman and Per-Anders Fogelström.