Frequently asked questions about place names

Here are the most common questions with answers about place names.

The answers lie with the answer given when you click on the question.

Questions and answers

How do I find out the story behind this name. Where does the name come from, how long has it been around and similar questions?

Contact the Institute for Language and Folk Memories, ISOF (new window) in Uppsala to get answers to your questions.

Through Lantmäteriet's historical maps, you can follow the development in your area.

Via the E-service Historical Maps (new window), you can easily search back in history.

You can also follow the development of the place name through the Institute for Language and Folk Memories, ISOF (new window) and their records of place names.

Fridhem is the most common building name. Abborrtjärn/en is the most common natural name.

Both names are found in more than 1000 places in the country. To search for different place names, you can use the e-service Search place names (new window).

The municipality is responsible for addressing.

Please contact the person responsible for the location addresses in the municipality concerned.

A place name may be missing on the map for several reasons. It may be:

that it has previously been included, but no longer due to a cartographic selection. In different scales, not all names can be presented.that the name was included but was accidentally deleted.that the name has not previously been on the map because we do not know about the name orthat it has not been approved according to good place-name practice.

Please use 'Contact us' to describe your question in more detail. The place name section will then investigate why the name may have been deleted, placed incorrectly or may fulfill your wish to include a name in the map image.

It is important that we can detect errors in various map products. You can reach us by e-mail

Do you want to call us? Contact Lantmäteriet's switchboard on telephone number 0771-63 63 63.

The name must be known and used by a so-called name user circle. No new constructions are relevant for map accounting. The name must be claimed before it can be mapped. This means that the name must have existed for a long time, more than 30 years.

You can reach us by e-mail to describe the request in more detail. If you would rather call us, contact Lantmäteriet's switchboard on telephone number 0771-63 63 63.

If the question is about district names then you need to contact the place name section. Send an e-mail to, call 0771-63 63 63 and request the place name section, or contact the municipality concerned. It is the municipalities that make decisions regarding, among other things, address setting (location address).

Later, has any institution changed the name to 2015: 15 to finally end up at Gladsax 2015? Could that be so? Continuation of the question:

I then searched for the property in Lantmäteriet's map system and was told that Gladsax 2015 did not exist. If I used the first / old designation, Gladsax 20:15, I could see the house on the map.

Is there no communication between Lantmäteriet and the Swedish Tax Agency and which is the loudest thing in an issue like this?


The property designation has always been the same since 1990, Gladsax 20:15. It is determined by the relevant Registration Authority (IM) and is only changed if the property is subdivided or merged with another property.

The municipality has since reviewed the so-called the mailbox addresses in rural areas and replaced them with locating location addresses. A location address indicates where a place is located. It must be designed according to Swedish standards and be based on existing place names in the traditional and local naming convention. In this case, the address has become Gladsax 2015.

In Skåne, this is a common way of entering the location address. In other parts of the country, the naming municipality chooses a street or road name with a serial number similar to that found in densely populated areas.

Open the free GeoLex service and follow the advice below.

To the right of the map image that appears, under 'Search' 'Place name', enter your searched place or a nearby town.

  • Click SEARCH and then SHOW. Sometimes multiple locations may appear and you will need to select the one you are looking for.
  • A cross appears in the map image.
  • Move the mouse pointer to the cross or a place name.
  • Below the map image, the coordinates are shown as N and E (North and East).
  • Zoom in and out of the map image using the 'thermometer' on the right.
  • The image can also be moved with the hand that is displayed 'click with the left mouse button' and drag in the desired direction.

NOTE! The more you zoom, the more secure the coordinate indication becomes.

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