Mellösa is a locality in Flen Municipality in Södermanland County. This is a rural part of eastern Sweden and the locality has around 540 inhabitants. It lies along the northern shores of Lake Mellösasjön with the church of the former parish at its outskirts.
It was within the borders of Mellösa Parish that the oldest wheel ever found in Sweden was discovered. Known as Mellösahjulet, it was found at the farmstead of Flenmo to the north of the locality. The wheel is probably from sometime between the 5th and 7th centuries. It is today housed at the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm.
A Short History of Mellösa
Lilla Mellösa Parish has its origins in the Middle Ages and its church dates to the 13th century. The parish with its church in its center was for centuries to be considered the local government. That changed with the Swedish Municipal Reform of 1862. This was when the parish’s responsibilities were split between the civic government of Lilla Mellösa Municipality and the church congregation. The municipality’s name was changed to Mellösa in 1933. It was later, in 1971, incorporated into Flen Municipality.
Things to Do and See
This is a small locality with very limited services. There is a small grocery store and other services on the main street, Sockenvägen. Other than that it is the lake and the surrounding nature that has the most to offer to visitors
The parish church dates to the 13th century. This white medieval stone church stands on a hill close to Lake Mellösasjön. It is today a part of Mellösa Congregation within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden.
Lake Mellösasjön is just to the south of the locality. This is where you will find the local beach but also other attractions such as a playground and fields for playing.
How to Get to Mellösa
- Flights: Stockholm Skavsta Airport (NYO) is 53 kilometers to the south.
- Car: Mellösa is on a countryside road between Flen and Hälleforsnäs.
- Bus: Buses from Sörmlandstrafiken connect Mellösa with the surrounding region.
The driving distance from 5 major Swedish cities, according to Google Maps:
- Stockholm – 118 kilometers (1 h 31 min)
- Gothenburg – 389 kilometers (4 h 14 min)
- Malmö – 533 kilometers (5 h 36 min)
- Linköping – 123 kilometers (1 h 31 min)
- Kiruna – 1301 kilometers (15 h 40 min)