Karlstad in figures
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)
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.
- 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):