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Kungsbacka, Sweden

Kungsbacka
Kungsbacka
Kungsbacka

Coordinates: 57°29′N 12°04′E / 57.483°N 12.067°E / 57.483; 12.067Coordinates: 57°29′N 12°04′E / 57.483°N 12.067°E / 57.483; 12.067

Country Sweden
Province Halland
County Halland County
Municipality Kungsbacka Municipality
Area[1]
 • Total 10.03 km2 (3.87 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 19,057
 • Density 1,901/km2 (4,920/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Kungsbacka is a locality and the seat of Kungsbacka Municipality in Halland County, Sweden, with 19,057 inhabitants in 2010.[1]

It is one of the most affluent parts of Sweden, in part due to its simultaneous proximity to stunning countryside and the large city of Gothenburg.



History

The first records referring to Kungsbacka as a town date from the 15th century, when it was part of Denmark. By the time it was recognised as part of Sweden (1658), the river running through the town (pictured), on which some transportation of goods took place had almost overgrown, and despite pleas to restore its function, this did not occur. Some trade still took place from the coast, but the town's significance as a place of naval commerce lessened over the centuries. Today, it is however the home of over 2,000 businesses, and the river is still running through it.

An infamous fire in 1846 did however destroy the town centre, sparing only a little red wooden hut which is still standing today. In late 2006 another major fire affected the town centre, and construction works are currently ongoing to restore the loss of the wooden buildings.

The town remained small until the 1960s. The municipal reform of 1971 made it the seat of the much larger Kungsbacka Municipality. The town began to grow as a part of Metropolitan Gothenburg. It is the southern terminus of the Gothenburg commuter rail system, situated 28 km from central Gothenburg.

Sister cities

The following cities are twinned with Kungsbacka:[2]

Notable people

Sports

The following sports clubs are located in Kungsbacka:

  • Kungsbacka IF
  • Tölö IF
  • HK Aranäs

References

External links

  • Kungsbacka Municipality - Official site
fi:Kungsbackan kunta
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