Introducing Karlskrona
September 13, 2007

I found convenient to look for some information about the place I’m going to live in for the next 8 months, and there’s nothing better than recycling some of it for the blog, hehe.

Karlskrona 1

Karlskrona is a small city in the south-east coast of Sweden, and is famous for being the Sweden’s only baroque city and hosting the Sweden’s only naval base, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. It was founded in 1680, and it’s name means Charles’ Crown. Currently, the city has a population of about 35000 and is the seat of the Karlskrona Municipality (pop. 62000) and the Blekinge County (pop. 150000).

Afternoon in Karlskrona

The climate is sunnier and drier than most of the other parts of Sweden, being the total hours of sun about 1700-1800 (in Madrid it’s 2800-2900) and the average precipitation 600-700 mm per year (in Madrid it’s 400-500). The average temperature in July is about 16ºC, while in January is about -1ºC. The average for the whole year is 7ºC.

Karlskrona Panorama 2

Besides the naval base and being the Sweden’s only baroque city, the most attractive touristic facts are that its market place is the second biggest in Europe, after the Moscow’s Red Square; that it has the Sweden largest wooden church; and that the city is surrounded by an archipelago of more than 1600 islands and skerries on one side, and incredible nature reserves in the other.

Island hopping in Karlskrona

The technological hearts of Karlskrona are the Blekinge Tekniska Högskola (Blekinge Institute of Technology) and TelecomCity. The BTH is a young university that has nearly 7000 students and for which research accounts for one-third of the University’s activities. On the other hand, TelecomCity is a network of IT companies present in Karlskrona (like Ericsson or Sun Microsystems) that in the past 5 years have generated as much IT related jobs as Stockholm.

Well, this is everything by now… once I arrive there, I’ll write about my first impressions, as ever ^^

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7 Comments

weelsha

qué ganas tengo ya !!

September 13, 2007 | #

Luen

Sounds like a lovely place for fading away. Seems quite and nice, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this town. Sure it’s different to the noisy spanish towns.
I envy you!

September 14, 2007 | #

mrithail

weelsha, yo también tengo un montón de ganas de ir ya… pero bueno, en dos semanitas ^^.

P.D.: Que rancia, escribiendo en castellano :p

Luen, yeah, it seems to be a great place, and some people I know who has already arrived says that it’s impressive… I’d like to be there, I’m a little bit bored of being stuck in Madrid, hehe.

September 14, 2007 | #

k|nt

Yo no sé hablar inglés… asín que te digo que nos vemos en suecia.

September 14, 2007 | #

Djevel

How many people will go to Sweden with you?!

I will go too, bleeeh

See you in Sweden xDDD

September 15, 2007 | #

mrithail

k|nt, con el plan de vacaciones que te has montado no se si vamos a verte muy a menudo, ¿eh? xD

Djevel, I know many people going to Sweden on Erasmus this year, hehehe. Most of them to Karlskrona, like me, but I also know other people from my school going to Borås and Västerås, and some friends who are doing some research in places like Uppsala.

So I can’t say I’m going to be very lonely there ^^

September 15, 2007 | #

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