Karlstad facts for kids
|Nickname(s): city of the Sun, Sun city|
|Founded by||King Charles IX|
|• City||30.31 km2 (11.70 sq mi)|
|Elevation||64 m (210 ft)|
|Population (2015 (city); 2015 (metro))|
|• Density||2,035/km2 (5,270/sq mi)|
Karlstad is a city, the seat of Karlstad Municipality, the capital of Värmland County, and the largest city in the province Värmland in Sweden. The city had 61,492 inhabitants in 2015 with 90,882 inhabitants in the wider municipality, and is the 21st biggest municipality in Sweden. Karlstad has a university and a cathedral.
Karlstad is often associated with sunshine and the symbol for Karlstad is a smiling sun. Karlstad is reputed to be one of the sunniest towns in Sweden and a local waitress, known as "Sola i Karlstad" (the Sun in Karlstad) for her sunny disposition, is also commemorated with a statue.
On Karlstad's largest islet, there was a place of counsel called Tingvalla in the medieval age, which had roots from the Viking Age before 1000 AD. It was also used as a market place. Karlstad was granted its city charter on March 5, 1584 by the Swedish Duke Charles, who would later be crowned King Charles IX of Sweden. The city derives its name from the King – Karlstad literally means Charles' city. The Duke also granted Karlstad the right as a governmental seat in the region, and gave it a substantial amount of land.
Karlstad has suffered four major fires. Only the cathedral and a few houses remained after the last fire on July 2, 1865. Karlstad was thereafter rebuilt according to a grid pattern with wide streets surrounded by trees.
In 1905, the agreement to dissolve the union between Norway and Sweden was signed in Karlstad.
Images for kids
Bandy at Tingvalla Ice Stadium, with the former military barracks of the Värmland Regiment seen to the far right
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