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Falkenberg
Falkenberg's former railway station
Falkenberg is located in Sweden
Falkenberg
Coordinates: 56°54′N 12°29′E / 56.9°N 12.483°E / 56.9; 12.483Coordinates: 56°54′N 12°29′E / 56.9°N 12.483°E / 56.9; 12.483
Country Sweden
Province Halland
County Halland County
Municipality Falkenberg Municipality
Area [1]
 - Total 14.54 km2 (5.6 sq mi)
Population (2005-12-31)[1]
 - Total 18,972
 - Density 1,305/km2 (3,379.9/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Falkenberg is a locality and the seat of Falkenberg Municipality, Halland County, Sweden, with 18,972 inhabitants in 2005.[1]

The town has a population of 19,000 (out of a municipal total of 40,000) and is located at the mouth of the river Ätran. The name consists of the Swedish words for falcon and mountain. Falkenberg is twinned with Oswaldtwistle (Lancashire, UK) and Gniezno (Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland). The main beach of the town, Skrea strand, was awarded a Blue Flag once again in 2007.

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History

In the early part of the 13th century the Danish king built a fort on the east shore of the river Ätran, which eventually would give the town its name. Halland was at that time part of the Kingdom of Denmark. It is known that falconry was pursued in the area. However, in Hallandia antiqua et hodierna, that specified a location ("mountain") where the falconry should have taken place, and which should have given name to the town, has later been shown to be incorrect.

The area north of Ätran was from time to time Norwegian or Swedish. It was on this side that a market town developed. At around 1300 a church was built. From the 14th century until the Northern Seven Years' War (1563-1570) a second town, Ny-Falkenberg (New Falkenberg) was located close to the town. The fort was destroyed by Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson's troops in 1434. The town gained market rights at the latest in 1558.

Along with the rest of the Halland, Falkenberg was to be temporarily Swedish in accordance with the Treaty of Brömsebro (1645). The Treaty of Roskilde thirteen years later made the province permanently Swedish. For a long period it struggled to keep its privileges with regard to trade and jurisdiction from the Danish time. Also like the rest of the county, it only started to slowly industrialise in the late 19th century. In the 20th century it has gained a reputation as a seaside resort.

Communications

The town is located along a traditional trade route along the Swedish west coast. These transport needs are currently catered by European route E6, which runs as a dual carriageway just outside the town, and the West Coast Railway Line. County road 150 and County road 154 connect to Torup and Svenljunga. Falkenberg railway operated from the 1890s to the 1950s. The town has seven bus routes.

Areas of the town

  • Tröingeberg
  • Västra gärdet
  • Östra gärdet
  • Arvidstorp
  • Näset
  • Slätten

Sport

The town hosts several teams at national level. The football team , Falkenbergs FF, has since the late 1980s established itself in the second league (currently Superettan). The table tennis team, Falkenbergs BTK, has won ten national championships, as well as one European championship. In the early 2000s, Falkenbergs VBK developed to become one of the best volleyball teams in the country and accordingly won the national championship 2007. BK Falkarna has played ten seasons in the top bowling league.

Sport venues in the town include Falkenberg Stadium, hosting Falkenbergs FF, Falkenberg Sports Centre, hosting Falkenbergs VBK and Klitterbadet, a bath house.

People from Falkenberg

See also

References

  • Hedén, Stig J., ed (1995). Falkenberg - staden som hembygd. ISBN 91-630-3848-X.  
  • Eric Hägge (1966). Kommunalt sekel - Falkenbergs stadsfullmäktige 1866-1965. Landströms trycksaker AB.  

External links

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

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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Falkenberg [1] is a town in Halland on Sweden's west coast.

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By car

The european road E6/E20 passes through Falkenberg.

Routes through Falkenberg
GöteborgVarberg  N noframe S  HalmstadMalmö
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