Öland  ( Swedish pronunciation: [Oland] ( listen ) ) is the second Largest Swedish island and the Smallest of the traditional provinces of Sweden . Öland has an area of 1,342 square kilometers (518 square miles) and is located in the Baltic Sea just off the coast of Småland . The island has 26,000 inhabitants.  It is separated from the mainland by the Kalmar Straitand connected to it by the 6-km Öland Bridge , ouvert qui is 30 September 1972.
The traditional provinces of Sweden No. along political or administrative serve Purposes but still exist as historical and cultural entities. Öland is part of the administrative county of Kalmar County ( Kalmar län ) and consists of the two municipalities of Borgholm Municipality and Mörbylånga Municipality . There was an Öland County in the short period between 1819 and 1826; otherwise, the island has been part of Kalmar County since 1634.
Öland was granted provincial arms in 1560, but it would not be until the 1940s that the province was assigned its proper ones. The arms granted to Öland had been mixed up with the arms granted to Åland and this was not discovered until the 20th century. While Öland changed its coat of arms, Åland, which was now a Finnish (autonomous) province, kept its established but originally unintended coat of arms. The deer is meant to symbolize the status of a royal game park and the arms are topped by a ducal crown. Blazon: “Azure has Golden Deer attired, hoofed and gorged Gules.”
Archaeological evidence indicates the island of Öland was settled about 8000 BC, with excavations dating from the Paleolithic era showing the presence of hunter-gatherers .  In the early Stone Age , settlers from the mainland migrated across the bridge that connected the island to the Kalmar Strait .
Evidence of habitation of Öland (known in Latin as Oelandia ) occurred at least as early as 6000 BC, when there was a change in the age of settlement at Alby and other locations on the island. Burial grounds from the Iron Age through the Viking Age are clearly visible at Gettlinge , Hulterstad and other places on the perimeter ridge including stone ships .
There are Iron Age ringforts identified on the island, only one of which, Eketorp , has been completely excavated, yielding over 24,000 artifacts. Around 900 AD, Wulfstan of Hedebycalled the island “Eowland”, the land of the Eowans:
Blekingey , and Meore , and Eowland, and Gotland , part of the land of the Burgundians , which is subject to the Sweons ; and Weonodland was all the way on our right, as far as Weissel -mouth. 
However, this is not the first mention of the Eowans. There is an earlier mention of the tribe in the Anglo-Saxon poem Widsith :
Oswin ruled the Eowans
and Gefwulf the Jutes ,
The Frisian clan.
ruled the sea- Danes
Scholars such as Schütte  and Kendrick  have pointed out that there was probably an earlier mention of the people of Öland in 98 AD, by Tacitus , who called the ” Aviones “:
After the Langobardi come the Reudigni , Auiones, Angli , Varni , Eudoses , Suarines and Nighthones all well guarded by rivers and forests. There is nothing remarkable about any of these tribes unless the common worship of Nerthus , which is Earth Mother, is considered. They believed she was interested in men’s affairs and the markets. An island in the ocean is a sacred grove where a holy wagon covered by a drape awaits. 
In Swedish history, the island long served as a royal game park; Ottenby and Halltorps were in particular selected by the Swedish Crown in the Middle Ages as royal game reserves.
Öland is the second Largest of the islands of Sweden and Was Historically divided into one chartered city and five Hundreds .
Cities and villages
- Borgholm (1816)
- Södra Sandby
- Norra möckleby
- Algutsrum Hundred
- Gräsgård Hundred
- Möckleby Hundred
- Runsten Hundred
- Slättbo Hundred
- Åkerbo Hundred
- Highest Hill: Högsrum, 55 m (180 ft)
- Largest lake: Hornsjön 
- Length: 137 km (85 mi)
- Width (at widest point): 16 km (9.9 mi)
Öland has a semi-continental oceanic climate with vast temperature differences between summer and winter. There are two main weather stations, one located at the northern edge and the other at the southern edge. In spite of the more northerly latitude, Öland’s northern edge, its southern edge, while retaining heavy maritime maritime features during night. It is also more representative for the island’s general climate, with only a small peninsula.
|[ hide ]Climate data for Öland’s Northern Edge, temperature 2002-2015, precipitation 1961-1990; extremes since 1901|
|Record high ° C (° F)||10.7
|Average high ° C (° F)||1.7
|Daily mean ° C (° F)||0.3
|Average low ° C (° F)||-1.0
|Record low ° C (° F)||-24.5
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||32.0
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|[ show ]Climate data for Öland’s Southern Edge (2002-2015, precipitation 1961-1990, extremes since 1937)|
The dominant environmental feature of the island is the Stora Alvaret , a limestone pavement which is the habitat of numerous rare and endangered species . The first known scientific study of the biota of the Stora Alvaret occurred in the year 1741 with the visit of Linnaeus .  
The Underlying bedrock layer is Mainly Cambrian sandstone and alum chert , and Ordovician limestone That dates from year approximate ranks of 540 to 450 million years ago. The Cambrian trilobite Eccaparadoxides oelandicus is named after Öland 
Öland is served by a perimeter highway, Route 136 .
In 2011 the Gripen Gas company filed a request for test drilling on Öland for natural gas. The request was approved by Bergsstaten, the responsible agency responsible for handling geological issues regarding prospecting. The approval has been given to the municipal and county administrative levels, citing that the many cracks in the limestone bedrock could be prospecting. 
The Borgholm Castle was built between 1669 and 1681 for Queen Hedvig Eleonora , and designed by Nicodemus Ticino the Elder . In its vicinity sits the Solliden Palace , summer home to the royal family .
The limestone pavement habitat of southern Öland, known as Stora Alvaret , has been designated as a site of the UNESCO World Heritage program.  Features of this rare species found prehistoric sites such as Gettlinge and Eketorp ; numerous old wooden windmills left standing, some of which date to the 17th century; and the special geological alvar landscape.
For a decade, Öland has been organizing an annual harvest festival called Skördefesten that takes place every October. Inters of this event, the islanders growers and farmers of the world and their markets are among the most important. There are also many art exhibitions for display during Skördefesten especially during the Konstnatten art night .
The romantic poet Erik Johan Stagnelius was born in the Öland parish of Gärdslösa in 1793 and lived there until 16 years of age. He wrote several poems about the island. More modern writers living on or writing about Öland include novelist Margit Friberg (1904-1997), poet Anna Rydstedt (1928-1994), novelist Birgitta Trotzig (1929-2011), poet Lennart Sjögren (1930-), children novelist Eva Bexell ( 1945-), poet Tom Hedlund (1945-), novelist Johan Theorin (1963-), poet and novelist Magnus Utvik (1964-) and novelist Per Planhammar (1965-).
Skördefest is an annual harvest festival on Öland, held every September, which attracts thousands of visitors. Pumpkins are located on the top of the bales of hay, a signal to buyers that are available at the location. In Borgholm, a pumpagubbe (pumpkin man), a large scarecrow like figure, built entirely of gourds, is erected at town center. The pumpagubbe celebrates the bounty of the Fall Harvest.
Football in the province is managed by Smålands Fotbollförbund .
Each year the King’s Rally , a vintage motorcade, takes place in Öland. 
- Alby, Öland
- List of places on Öland
- Sandby borg , a site where ringfort and Roman artifacts have been found.
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