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Kungälv from Bohus fästning
Kungälv is located in Sweden
Coordinates: 57°52′N 11°58′E / 57.867°N 11.967°E / 57.867; 11.967Coordinates: 57°52′N 11°58′E / 57.867°N 11.967°E / 57.867; 11.967
Country Sweden
Province Bohuslän
County Västra Götaland County
Municipality Kungälv Municipality
Area [1]
 - Total 10.96 km2 (4.2 sq mi)
Population (2005-12-31)[1]
 - Total 21,139
 - Density 1,928/km2 (4,993.5/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Kungälv is a city and the seat of Kungälv Municipality in Västra Götaland County, Sweden with 21,139 inhabitants in 2005.[1]



Kungälv is roughly translated as "King River" and is such named because of the two rivers that float in the vicinity, Göta Älv and Nordre Älv.


According to Swedish official sources the city was founded in 1612, when the former settlement at Kungahälla was moved to the Bohus Fortress. However, this is disputed due to the fact that other sources indicate that it was the capital of Norway at one point under Sigurd I Magnusson.

Sigurd I Magnusson (Sigurd Jorsalfare/Sigurd the Crusader) was the King of Norway (1103-1130) and is the most well known crusader king of Scandinavia. He was also the first European king to join the crusades at a time where Kungälv was Norwegian territory.

Sigurd returned to Norway in 1111 where he made his capital in Konghelle (Kungälv in present-day Sweden) and built a castle there, where he kept a relic given to him by King Baldwin, a splinter reputed to be from the True Cross. Sigurd died in 1130 and was buried in Hallvardskirken (Hallvards church) in Oslo.

Sigurd I Magnusson marks the first verifiable royal presence in Kungälv which might indicate that the name originated from this era[2][3].

The Bohus Fortress combined with "Bräckboden" is the most popular tourist attraction in Kungälv.

Famous people

  • P. J. Axelsson, Former Boston Bruins forward and Olympian was born and raised in Kungälv.
  • Ernst Skarstedt, Swedish-American author, journalist and editor was born in Kungälv.


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

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Kungälv is in Bohuslän on the west coast of Sweden.

  • Bohus fästning
  • Göteborgs Kex - Cookie factory that sells cookies at low prices.
Routes through Kungälv
OsloUddevalla  N noframe S  GöteborgMalmö
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