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Karlstad in figures

 59°23′N 13°32′E

Statistics Sweden, 31 December 2012:

  • Population: 86,929
  • Average age: 41.1 years
  • Moved to Karlstad during the year: 5,070 people


The Karlstad region (Karlstad, Hammarö, Forshaga, Kil and Grums): 134,022 people

Total area: 1,165 km2 = 233,000 football pitches

Population density: 2.7 football pitches per person

 Public bathing spots: 20

Golf courses: 7 within a 30 km radius

Hotel rooms: 1,500

Hotel beds: 3,000

Distance to a swim: 0 metres – in the city centre

Art galleries: Around 15 at the time of writing

Number of restaurants, bars and pubs: More than 70

Number of outdoor eateries: Just over 50

Water buses: 5 regular routes, 1 June – 31 August

Colour of the city buses: Sunshine orange

Regional dialling code: 054

Every day around 300,000 packs of coffee leave the city (9.4 million cups)

Fairtrade City

Karlstad is one of Sweden’s 58 cities to be awarded a Fairtrade City diploma – in 2011 Karlstad was named Sweden’s first Fairtrade Capital City.

 Home to:

  • One of Sweden’s six opera houses
  • Karlstad University with 12,000 students
  • One of Sweden’s longest inline, cycle and roller-ski tracks – 90 km of car-free asphalt on the Klarälvsbanan track
  • Löfbergs, which is one of the world’s biggest buyers of organic and Fairtrade coffee
  • Sweden’s longest river, Klarälven, which runs into Europe’s largest inland sea, Lake Vänern, with Europe’s largest freshwater archipelago
  • Rally Sweden – Sweden’s biggest annual world championship event
  • Färjestads BK, according to local sources the best ice-hockey team in the world


Some milestones in Karlstad’s history

Circa 4000 BC

Archaeological discoveries indicate that hunters and trappers came to the islands in the massive Vänern Sea.

Circa 1700 BC

A few of Karlstad’s districts emerge as small islands in Lake Vänern.


Duke Karl, King Karl IX from 1604, issues Tingvalla with a town charter. The city changes name to Karlstad. There are now 45 households.


Karlstad becomes a diocesan capital.


The new cathedral is opened.


The Östra bron stone bridge starts being built. It is opened in 1797 but not completely finished until 1811.


Värmland gets its own county governor with a seat in Karlstad.


On 2 July 1865 Karlstad is struck by a great fire. Only a few buildings are saved including Biskopsgården, the cathedral, the old secondary school, the prison and the buildings in the Almen quarter. The city hall is burnt to the ground.


The negotiations to dissolve the union with Norway were held in Karlstad. Today there is a peace monument in the square in memory of the peaceful settlement.


Musikteatern in Värmland, later Wermland Opera, is founded.


Karlstad college of higher education opens.


Karlstad’s new airport opens.


Karlstad college becomes Karlstad University.


Löfbergs Lila Arena takes on its current guise.


Karlstad Congress Culture Centre opens.


Sandgrund Lars Lerin, home to a permanent exhibition of watercolour artist Lars Lerin, opens.

 (Karlstad (86,929), Hammarö (15,061), Forshaga (11,311), Kil (11,782) and Grums (8,939):

Lätt att nå

Easy to get to: The travel time is only about 2.5 hours by train, coach or car from Stockholm, Gothenburg and Oslo. Distances: Karlstad – Gothenburg 250 km Karlstad – Stockholm: 310 km Karlstad – Oslo: 230 km

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