Laholm

Coordinates: 56°31′N 13°02′E / 56.517°N 13.033°E / 56.517; 13.033
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Laholm
Laholm Church
UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
312 00
Area code430
Websitewww.laholm.se

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

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.[citation needed]

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

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.[citation needed]

  • Church
    Church
  • Fountain
    Fountain
  • Back of the hotel and the restaurant Gröna Hästen.
    Back of the hotel and the restaurant Gröna Hästen.
  • Gamleby (old town part)
    Gamleby (old town part)
  • Town hall and public library
    Town hall and public library
  • Biograf Maxim (movie theater)
    Biograf Maxim (movie theater)
  • Theatre and hotel
    Theatre and hotel

References

  1. ^ a b c "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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