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Vänersborg
Vänersborg is located in Sweden
Vänersborg
Coordinates: 58°23′N 12°19′E / 58.383°N 12.317°E / 58.383; 12.317Coordinates: 58°23′N 12°19′E / 58.383°N 12.317°E / 58.383; 12.317
Country Sweden
Province Västergötland
County Västra Götaland County
Municipality Vänersborg Municipality
Area [1]
 - Total 11.57 km2 (4.5 sq mi)
Population (2005-12-31)[1]
 - Total 21,672
 - Density 1,873/km2 (4,851/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Vänersborg is a locality and the seat of Vänersborg Municipality, Västra Götaland County, Sweden with 21,672 inhabitants in 2005.[1] Until 1997 it was the capital of Älvsborg County, which was dissolved in 1998. Since 1999 Vänersborg is the seat of the regional parliament of Västra Götaland County. The city is located on the southern shores of lake Vänern.

History

Vänersborg was founded by citizens from Brätte, who moved there between 1642-1644. Vänersborg was formally confirmed the city status in Sweden in 1644. The remains of Brätte is still a popular attraction.

The names Vänersborg means "fortress at Vänern". It comes from the fortlet which was begun on in 1644 for protection.

The coat of arms is also from 1644, depicting a golden ship with two Swedish flags.

Around 1800, Vänersborg had a population of 1,500 inhabitants. After the inauguration of the canal at Trollhättan and the Göta älv, creating a waterway between Vänern and Gothenburg, its importance grew further.

In 1834, most of the city with its wooden houses burnt down. Thereafter it was rebuilt according to a grid pattern.

From 1693 to 1999, Vänersborg was the capital of Älvsborg County, until the county was merged into Västra Götaland County.

Notability

Birger Sjöbergs Frida.jpg

The poet Birger Sjöberg (1885-1929) was born in Vänersborg. He wrote appreciatively about Vänersborg, most notably in Fridas bok (1922), wherein the comparison "Vänersborg -- little Paris" is found. The park in the northern part of Vänersborg, Skräckleparken, offers a picturesque view over lake Vänern, and therein also stands this statue of mentioned Ragnar.

Also the popstar Agnes Carlsson is from Vänersborg.

References

Murkrona.svg Vänersborg is one of 133 places with the historical city status in Sweden.
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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Vänersborg is a city in the Västra Götaland count and the historic province of Västergötland. It is located at the lake Vänern, the largest lake in Europe outside Russia. It has 35,000 inhabitants.

Get in

By air

The Trollhättan-Vänersborg airport is located 10 km south of the city and has daily flights to Stockholm. The Göteborg-Landvetter airport is located 100 km south of Vänersborg and has flights to major european cities.

By train

There are trains from Gothenburg to Vänersborg every hour, and trains from Herrljunga on the Stockholm-Gothenburg railway.

By car

Vänersborg is located at the road E45.

Get around

By bus

There are bus connections in the city and to villages belonging to the city and to neighbouring cities, all departing from the main square "Torget".

Do

Go to the Halle and Hunneberg mountains that have the biggest deer in the world: the moose / elk. In the summer there are safaries by bus.

Sleep

Vänersborg has 2 hotels called Quality Hotell that is located 4km from the centre and one hotel that is in the city itself called Strand Hotell.

Routes through Vänersborg
ÖstersundKarlstad  N noframe S  TrollhättanGöteborg
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