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Boge, Gotland

Tjelvar's Grave in Boge
Tjelvar's Grave in Boge
Boge is located in Gotland
Coordinates: 57°41′13″N 18°45′46″E / 57.68694°N 18.76278°E / 57.68694; 18.76278
CountyGotland County
MunicipalityGotland Municipality
 • Total36.55 km2 (14.11 sq mi)
 • Total259
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Boge is a populated area, a socken (not to be confused with parish), on the Swedish island of Gotland.[3] It comprises the same area as the administrative Boge District, established on 1 January 2016.[4]


Boge is the name of the socken as well as the district. It is also the name of the small village surrounding the medieval Boge Church,[5] sometimes referred to as Boge kyrkby. It is situated on the northern east coast of Gotland.[6] The south part of the locality Slite is located in the north part of Boge socken.[7]

As of 2019, Boge Church belongs to Othem-Boge parish in Norra Gotlands pastorat, along with the churches in Slite and Othem.[8][9]


Boge is best known for one of the stone ships located in the area Tjelvar's Grave. The stone ship is 18 m (59 ft) long and 5 m (16 ft) wide. It dates from the Bronze Age. Close to it are two hillforts and a minor grave field. According to legend, the ship is the burial site of Tjelvar, the first Gotlander.[10]


  1. ^ Carlquist, Gunnar, ed. (1947–1955). "Boge socken". Svensk Uppslagsbok (in Swedish) (2nd ed.). Malmö: Förlagshuset Norden.
  2. ^ "Gotland i siffror 2015" [Gotland in numbers 2015]. Gotland Municipality. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  3. ^ The exact extent of the socken, now district, can be obtained by clicking on Kartinställningar and check the Socken box in the menu of this map from the Swedish National Heritage Board database.
  4. ^ "Förordning om district" [Regulation of districts] (PDF). Ministry of Finance. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  5. ^ Lagerlöf, Erland; Svahnström, Gunnar (1973). Gotlands kyrkor [Gotland's Churches] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Rabén & Sjögren. pp. 103–104. ISBN 91-29-41035-5. LIBRIS 7232718.
  6. ^ "Boge". Nationalencyklopedin. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Slite". Swedish National Heritage Board. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Församlingar på Gotland". Church of Sweden. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Visby stifts indelning 2018". Church of Sweden. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  10. ^ Enderborg, Bernt. "Tjelvars grav". Guteinfo. Retrieved 30 June 2016.

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