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The island of Helgeandsholmen

The island Helgeandsholmen in the Norrström forms together with the islands Stadsholmen and Strömsborg the district Gamla Stan. In the Middle Ages, the island consisted of three small islands that were filled in over time.

The name Helgeandsholmen (“Island of the Holy Spirit”) comes from a hospital(Helgeandshus) for the poor and sick, which was built on the islands in the 14th century.

Buildings and sights

  • The Riksdag building, the seat of the Swedish Parliament.
  • the Medieval Museum.


Helgeandsholmen is connected to the mainland and neighbouring islands by three bridges: