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Hanö Island is a large rock of granite with unusual natural environment. In the north grass is growing in moraine, while in the south you find scrub forests. On the north side of Hanö a remarkable stone reef "Bönsäcken" extends out into the sea. The reef moves and changes form with storms and wind of the sea. Today approximately 60 people live on the island all year around, together with 230 types of flowers and a few hundred fallow deer. Hanö has always been a familiar landmark for all sailing people and fishermen, but it did not get a permanent settlement until in the middle of the 19th century. In summer around 300.000 people visit the island.

The English cemetery is a piece of unique history dating from 1820-1812 and the Napoleon wars when Hanö was an English naval base. The intention was to break France's commercial blockade towards England. From Karlshamn and Hanö sailed convoys of merchant ships to Swedish Pommern.
A simple lighthouse was built in 1869. In 1905 it was replaced by a new with a stronger light. The lighthouse was manned until 1980.

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The Lighthouse of Hanö island, author of the photo - Leif Carlsson, Blekinge Museum
The Lighthouse of Hanö island, author of the photo - Leif Carlsson, Blekinge Museum
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"Bönsäcken" (The Sack of Beans), author of the photo - Leif Carlsson, Blekinge Museum
"Bönsäcken" (The Sack of Beans), author of the photo - Leif Carlsson, Blekinge Museum
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"Drakmärket" (The Dragon Mark), author of the photo - Karin Nilsson, Blekinge Museum
"Drakmärket" (The Dragon Mark), author of the photo - Karin Nilsson, Blekinge Museum
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The English Graveyard, author of the photo - Leif Carlsson, Blekinge Museum
The English Graveyard, author of the photo - Leif Carlsson, Blekinge Museum