Introducing Karlskrona

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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