Sweden - Orebro.

Sweden - Orebro

This city has been recorded as the 7th largest city in Sweden according to population numbers, and it is the capital of Örebro County in Sweden. The city is located in south central Sweden on the Närke plains, surrounded by forests. This city includes the water areas of the Svartån River and the Hjälmaren Lake (the fourth largest lake in Sweden). It is about 200km from Stockholm and 300km away from Gotenburg and Oslo.

The name of the city means bridge over gravel banks, which reflects its geographical appearance.
In the past this city had been well known as a shoe manufacturing centre in Sweden, which began from the latter half of the 19th century.

From that time the city grew in size from previously being noted as a trading town. However in 1998 it gained a reputation as being a university city and presently many of the inhabitants are employed in the public sector, such as work in statistics.

The city’s tourist agency is in the local castle, on an islet in the Svartån River . Tours of Örebro castle are conducted. Around the castle is a moat (a boundary of water) with floating water lilies. This castle was constructed in the beginning of the 13th century under the management of Birger Jarl and later in the years of King Gustav Vasa ruling in the 1560s, the castle was extended and altered. The city is also host to the country’s most beautiful city park.

The högskola (university college) in 1999 was modified and transformed into Örebro University, which currently has about 16 000 students.

Along the banks of the Svartån River are many old 18th and 19th century wooden houses with museums and exhibitions in the area, known as Örebro’s old town Wadköping. To view the old cottages there is the open air museum known as Wadköping, which has special value as a fire destroyed most of the buildings in this area in 1854. Northern Europe’s biggest water fun park (called Gustavsvik) is based in Örebro, located about a kilometre south of the centre of the city. Most of the cafes in the city provide free wifi.

It is the site of one of Sweden’s major specialist hospitals, namely Örebro University Hospital (USÖ). It is also the home of the County Theatre and Concert Hall where the Swedish Chamber Orchestra performs to provide a highly regarded cultural experience for the people.

The punk rock band known as Millencolin, come from Örebro and the grind band known as Nasum was also started here.

Local travel can be done by foot, bicycle, bus and car. Indeed this city is considered to be The Town of Cycling in Sweden, with its many demarcated cycle lanes and low cost rental municipal bicycles. The bus service is considered to be highly reliable with many bus routes enabling various travellers to have access to all parts of the city. There are also connections to other parts of Sweden via train (Hallsberg, a prime train hub is near this city) or by aeroplane via the Örebro Airport.

For more information, please view: http://www.orebro.se/