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Örebro
Örebro Castle
Örebro is located in Sweden
Örebro
Coordinates: 59°16′N 15°13′E / 59.267°N 15.217°E / 59.267; 15.217Coordinates: 59°16′N 15°13′E / 59.267°N 15.217°E / 59.267; 15.217
Country Sweden
Province Närke
County Örebro County
Municipality Örebro Municipality
Charter 1404
Area [1]
 - Total 42.96 km2 (16.6 sq mi)
Population (2005-12-31)[1]
 - Total 98,237
 Density 2,287/km2 (5,923.3/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website orebro.se

Örebro [œrəˈbruː] is a city, the seat of Örebro Municipality and the capital of Örebro County in Sweden with 98,237 inhabitants in 2005.[1]

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History

Örebro circa 1700, in Suecia antiqua et hodierna, with the castle in the middle.

Örebro received its Royal Charter and city privileges not later than 1404.

Örebro literally means a bridge over gravel banks, which is how the geography looks, with the stream Svartån draining into the lake Hjälmaren. The location became a natural seat of commerce in the (Scandinavian) medieval time, and is mentioned in print in the 13th century. Old buildings from the early days include the foundations of the city church, a building which has undergone several modifications. The natural center of the city is otherwise the magnificent Örebro Castle, situated on an islet in the Svartån, and dividing the town into a northern and a southern part. This castle was constructed during the stewardship of Birger Jarl during the early 13th century and then modified and enlarged during the reign of King Gustav Vasa in the 1560s.

Notable events in Örebro's history include the national diet meeting at Örebro in 1810, where Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte was elected crown prince of Sweden.

Although a trade town, Örebro remained small until the second half of the 19th century, when it grew rapidly as a center of the national shoe manufacturing industry (see: History of Närke).

Geography and climate

Climate data for Örebro
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 0
(32)
1
(34)
5
(41)
11
(52)
16
(61)
20
(68)
22
(72)
22
(72)
17
(63)
10
(50)
4
(39)
0
(32)
10.7
(51)
Average low °C (°F) -4
(25)
-4
(25)
-3
(27)
0
(32)
5
(41)
9
(48)
11
(52)
11
(52)
7
(45)
3
(37)
0
(32)
-4
(25)
2.6
(37)
Precipitation mm (inches) 38
(1.5)
36
(1.42)
23
(0.91)
35
(1.38)
45
(1.77)
65
(2.56)
94
(3.7)
41
(1.61)
49
(1.93)
69
(2.72)
57
(2.24)
52
(2.05)
604
(23.78)
Source: MSN Weather[2] 2009-01-01

Sites of interest

Rebel leader Engelbrekt in front of Örebro City Hall.

Örebro's old town Wadköping is located on the banks of Svartån (black stream). It contains many 18th and 19th century wooden houses, along with museums and exhibitions. The water tower of Örebro, named Svampen (The Mushroom), is a popular destination as an outlook tower. In 1958, a replica of the tower was built in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The watertower Svampen (The Mushroom). A restaurant is located in the top of the building.
Common bookstore in central Örebro.

Örebro University is one of Sweden's most recent, being upgraded from högskola (university college) in 1999. It currently has around 14,070 students and a staff of 1,100. Gustavsvik, the largest water park in the Nordic countries, is located just a kilometer south of central Örebro. With more than 700,000 visitors per year, it is one of the most popular tourist and leisure establishments in Sweden. Only Liseberg, Gröna Lund and Skansen are more popular. In the summer the manor of Karlslund is a very popular place to visit.

Karlslund Manor
Olaus Petri Church
Nerikes Allehanda, the local newspaper's current offices in Örebro.

Notable natives

Culture and Media

Music

Politics

Religion

Science

Sports

Sports

Football

Volleyball

  • Örebro Volley play in the highest level of women's volleyball leagues in Sweden. They have won the league ten times.

Ice Hockey

  • Örebro Hockey Vipers currently play in Allsvenskan(the second level) in the Swedish Hockey League.

American Football

  • Örebro Black Knights are an American Football Club that played in the Swedish Championship Finals in 1998 and 1999.

Floorball

  • Örebro SK Innebandy
  • Lillån IBK
  • Axbergs IF
  • Nerike IBK

Culture

Centralpalatset, one of Örebro's main streets and the most exclusive postal code in the city.
  • Örebro is the hometown of the punk-rock band Millencolin. They named one of their albums Pennybridge Pioneers, where Pennybridge stands for Örebro as a colloquial translation into English.
  • The influential and highly popular grind band Nasum were formed in Örebro.
  • Örebro is one of the public broadcaster SVT's 12 local news districts and has television permises located in the city.

International relations

Twin towns - Sister cities

Örebro is twinned with [3]

See also

References

External links

Murkrona.svg Örebro is one of 133 places with the historical city status in Sweden.

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Örebro [1] is a modern city located in the small province of Närke in Svealand in south central Sweden. It's located on the flat Närke plains, surrounded by vast forest areas. It's Sweden's 7th largest municipality with a population of about 129,000 (2006).

Understand

Örebro was previously known as a shoe manufacturing center. Nowadays a lot of people living here work for the public sector, for instance with statistics.

Get in

By plane

There are daily flights to Örebro from Malmö, Copenhagen and Stockholm/Arlanda.

By train

Örebro is located near Hallsberg, which is Sweden's premier train hub. Train connectivity is therefore excellent from all over Sweden.

By car

E20, E18 and riksväg 50 all connect in Örebro.

By bus

Swebus express [2] and Säfflebussen [3] offers bus services to and from most major cities. Lindbergs buss [4] has cheap tickets, one daily departure to and from Stockholm.

Get around

The city center is easily explored on foot. There is a well functioning network of city buses [5] servicing all parts of the city. Almost all regional and city buses stop at Resecenter (next to the train station). Järntorget also functions as a hub for the city buses. The municipality offers bicycles for rent if one wishes to explore the city by bike. Enquire at the tourist agency in the castle.

  • Örebro Castle [6] is one of Sweden's most photogenic. Tours are available.
  • The city park has been voted Sweden's most beautiful, and a visit is recommended in the summertime.
  • Wadköping [7] is an open-air museum with lots of old cottages.
  • Gustavsvik [8] is northern Europe's largest water funpark. It also has one of Sweden's finest campings and "adventure" miniature golf in its vicinity.
  • The watertower Svampen (The Mushroom) [9] is a local landmark. It offers panoramic views of the city and hosts the water museum/workshop Aqua Nova.
  • Örebro läns museum [10] has exhibits year round.
  • Örebro Konsthall [11] displays different art exhibitions.
  • The Swedish Chambermusic Orchestra resides in Konserthuset and holds concerts year round.

Learn

The city has its own university [12].

Buy

There are lots of shopping opportunities in the shopping malls Krämaren and Åhléns and on the streets Drottninggatan, Köpmangatan and Kungsgatan. Nothing that you can't buy everywhere else in Sweden though.

Bra & Begagnat (Standing on the major square, Järntorget, and looking directly west, on your right hand there is a brown building. Between the brown building and a Tex-Mex restaurant there is a small alley called "Gamla Gatan". Down the alley, 50 meters on your right.) Open Wed 2PM-6PM, Sat 10AM-2PM. A second-hand store with a small café serving homemade cakes, buns and cookies. All who work there (wearing yellow shirts) are volunteers, they are friendly and it's very cheap. All profits from the store are donated to charity.

  • The Krämaren shopping mall has an Internet cafe at the top floor.
  • Sallad Inn, Järnvägsgatan 10. No-nonsense place that serves pizza, salads and meat dishes and does it well. Mains 50-89 SEK.
  • Rosali's Deli, Storgatan 5 and Drottninggatan 38, [13]. Serves pasta, sublime pasta salads and submarine sandwiches. Mains 54-59 SEK.
  • Asian Wok - Sushi bar, Köpmangatan 27. Mains 50-160 SEK.
  • Sub City Pub, Köpmangatan 10. Serves tasty submarine sandwiches for 35-59 SEK.
  • Drängen, Oskarstorget 9, [14]. Cozy concept restaurant with old farmer's tools on the walls, but the food has a more modern touch to it. Mains 95-208 SEK.
  • B.A.C Restaurang, Engelbrektsgatan 3 (at Örebro läns museum), [15]. Mains 120-160 SEK.

Drink

Best days out are generally Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Frimis Nattklubb, Frimurareholmen, +46 19 14 05 00, [16].
  • Klaras, Trädgårdsgatan 5, +46 19 18 78 00, [17].

You can pick up the free Nollnitton magazine in various stores to read more about Örebro's nightlife. It is only available in Swedish though.

  • STF Vandrarhem Grenadjären, Kaptensgatan 1, [18]. Youth hostel.
  • STF Vandrarhem Livin, Järnvägsgatan 24. Completely renewed youth hostel, look for the sign of the Ramada Hotel. Make sure you have a HIHostel card or you'll pay a 50SEK surcharge. Other than that, very good facilities and fantastic common kitchen.
  • Hotell Göta, Olaigatan 11, [19].
  • Hotell Storgården, Fredsgatan 11, [20].
  • Best Western City Hotel, Kungsgatan 24, [21].
  • Elite Stora Hotellet, Drottninggatan 1, [22].

Stay safe

Örebro is not a dangerous town, although that is no excuse to leave your common sense at home.

Routes through Örebro
OsloKarlstad  W noframe E  ArbogaStockholm
GöteborgMariestad  W noframe E  ArbogaStockholm
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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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  1. Örebro, a city in south-central Sweden, located in the province of Närke. The sixth-largest city in Sweden.







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