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Kristianstad
Coat of arms of Kristianstad
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Country Sweden
Province Skåne
County Skåne County
Municipality Kristianstad Municipality
Area
 • Total 17.69 km2 (6.83 sq mi)
Population
 (31 December 2010)
 • Total 35,711
 • Density 2,019/km2 (5,230/sq mi)
Website Official website

Kristianstad is a city and the seat of Kristianstad Municipality, Skåne County, Sweden with 40,145 inhabitants in 2016. During the last 15 years, it has gone from a garrison town to a developed commercial city, today attracting visitors in the summertime mainly from Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands.

The city was founded in 1614 by King Christian IV of Denmark, the city's name literally means 'Town of Christian'.

Sweden's lowest point, at 2.41 meters below mean sea level, is located in Kristianstad. Because of this, parts of the city have to be protected from flooding by a system of levees and water pumps.

The city and adjacent municipality, with a population of 80,000, in essence use no oil, natural gas or coal to warm homes and businesses, even throughout the extensive chilly winters. It is an absolute turnaround from 20 years ago, when all of its heating came from fossil fuels.

Absolut Vodka, owned by Pernod Ricard, is produced by the town of Åhus located within the municipality.

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