Laholm

Laholm (Swedish pronunciation: [laˈhɔlm])[2] is a town and the seat of Laholm Municipality, Halland County, Sweden, with 6,527 inhabitants in 2015.[1]

Laholm
Laholm Church

Coat of arms
Laholm
Laholm
Coordinates: 56°31′N 13°02′E
CountrySweden
ProvinceHalland
CountyHalland County
MunicipalityLaholm Municipality
Area
  Total4.66 km2 (1.80 sq mi)
Population
 (31 December 2015)[1]
  Total6,527
  Density1,320/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
312 00
Area code(s)430
Websitewww.laholm.se

Laholm is, despite its small population, for historical reasons often still referred to as a city.

Geographically the town is located at the estuary of the river Lagan in the Bay of Laholm.

History

Laholm is one of Sweden's oldest cities, and it is the oldest city in the province of Halland. The first charter was granted in the 13th century, in what was then a part of Denmark and Høx Herred [3]. The church was founded in 1225. During the wars between Sweden and Denmark in the 16th and 17th century, Laholm was burnt down several times. In 1645, as Halland became land owned by the Monarch of Sweden, the town had 330 inhabitants, growing to about 866 about hundred years later. In the middle of the 19th century the population reached the 1,000 mark, doubled in the early 20th century and reaching 3,000 around 1950. The local government reform of 1971 made the town the seat of Laholm Municipality which has over 25,000 inhabitants.

Of interest is still the old street structure, intact from medieval times and the Laholm church.

The town's and commune's coat of arms dates back to the Middle Ages, but was granted by royal warrant only in the 1940s. It shows three silver salmon with red fins on a blue background, owing to the importance of salmon fishing in the area. The arms is very nearly identical to that of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in London, whose arms also go back a long way.

Laholm is also the home of coachbuilder Yngve Nilsson who made limousines, hearses and ambulances based mainly on Volvo Cars. The company is today called Nilsson Special Vehicles.

References

  1. "Tätorter 2015; befolkning, landareal, andel som överlappas av fritidshusområden" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 2016-12-14.
  2. Jöran Sahlgren; Gösta Bergman (1979). Svenska ortnamn med uttalsuppgifter (in Swedish). p. 15.
  3. [File:Administrative division of denmark in medieval times.jpg]
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