Halmstad has a population of about 98,000 and is located in one of Sweden’s most expansive regions.Varberg is situated on the west coast of Sweden in the county of Halland connecting Oslo and Gothenburg with Malmö and Copenhagen.
The city of Halmstad is more than 700 years old and is rich in history. Until 1658 the city was part of Denmark. Halmstad has a mixture of old and new buildings, and the Nissan river divides the city into an eastern and a western part.
Trade and industry in Halmstad is varied and is on the increase with many small and mid-sized companies. Halmstad also has one of Sweden’s biggest ports for timber export and a renowned university with 11,500 students learning to become everything from development engineers to nurses.
Halmstad has a diverse economy with many small and medium-sized businesses. About 75% have up to ten employees. The service sector is prominent, with commerce on the increase. Halmstad’s location has resulted in many companies in the areas of logistics and manufacturing industry choosing to have bases here. The experience industry, which includes tourism, is an important sector.
As a regional centre, Halmstad is home to the county administrative board, county council and county hospital. The biggest employers are the municipality and the county council. Halmstad also has one of Sweden’s biggest ports for timber export and a renowned university with 11,500 students learning to become everything from development engineers to nurses. The Swedish armed forces have a unit based in Halmstad and parts of national military college is placed here.
Sport is important to Halmstad. The city provides many opportunities to watch and play sport. Football, volley ball and table tennis are just a few of the sports that Halmstad’s sportsmen and women excel at. Halmstad Arena opened at the beginning of 2010 and is a multi-purpose arena with major potential and areas for a wide range of sports and elite sports. In 2018 Halmstad will host the world championship in table tennis.
Halmstad is a popular tourist destination! Hundreds of thousands of tourists come to Halmstad every summer to enjoy our beaches, countryside and the wide range of culture and restaurants. The most famous beach is Tylösand, which can have as many as 40,000 guests on a sunny summer day. Here you’ll find Sweden’s only manned lifeguard station and the Nordic region’s only lifeguard training school. Halmstad is classed as Sweden’s golfing capital with 174 holes divided between eleven courses.
Halmstad has many galleries and museums from which to enjoy culture, including Sweden’s biggest gallery (floor area) and a blossoming music and theatre scene. The city library, which received many awards for its unique architecture, is one of Halmstad’s most visited locations for quenching the thirst for culture and knowledge. Mjellby art museum, which is west of the city centre, is the home of Halmstadgruppen. The group’s surreal works are on permanent display in the museum.
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