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Kungälv frae Bohus fästning
Kungälv frae Bohus fästning
Kungälv is located in Sweden
Coordinates: 57°52′N 11°58′E / 57.867°N 11.967°E / 57.867; 11.967
CoontyVästra Götaland Coonty
MunicipalityKungälv Municipality
 • Total11.52 km2 (4.45 sq mi)
 (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total22,768
 • Density1976/km2 (5,120/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Kungälv is a ceety an the seat o Kungälv Municipality in Västra Götaland Coonty, Swaden. It haed 22,768 indwallers in 2010.[1]

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Accordin tae Swadish offieecial soorces the ceety wis foondit in 1612, when the umwhile dounset at Kungahälla wis muivit tae the Bohus Fortress. Housomeivver, this is disputit due tae the fact that ither soorces indicate that it wis the caipital o Norawa at ane pynt unner Sigurd I Magnusson.

Sigurd I Magnusson (Sigurd Jorsalfare/Sigurd the Crusader) wis the King o Norawa (1103–1130) an is the maist weel kent crusader king o Scandinavie. He wis the first European king tae join the crusades at a time whaur Kungälv wis Norse territory an aw.

Sigurd returned tae Norawa in 1111 whaur he made his caipital in Konghelle (Kungälv in present-day Swaden) an biggit a castle thare, whaur he kept a relic gien tae him bi King Baldwin, a splinter reputit tae be frae the True Cross. Sigurd dee'd in 1130 an wis buriet in Hallvardskirken (Hallvards kirk) in Oslo.

Sigurd I Magnusson marks the first verifiable ryal presence in Kungälv which micht indicate that the name oreeginatit frae this era.[2][3]

In the 1120s Pomeranie ships frae Szczecin, frae the soothren coast o the Easter Seas attackit the Dens coast. On 10 August 1135 Duke Ratibor assaultit the Norse touns. Konghelle, wis captured an burnt tae the grund bi the forces o prince Ratibor, assistit bi a fleet o 550 ships wi cavalry on buiard (each carryin fowerty-fower men an twa horse). Thay laid the toun in ruins, killed a lairge pairt o the population, an abductit maist o the survivors as thralls tae Szczecin. Snorri Sturluson, writin a century later, said that Konghelle niver completely recovered.[4]

The Bohus Fortress combined wi "Bräckboden" is the maist popular tourist attraction in Kungälv.

Famous fowk[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Mikael Andersson, Umwhile NHL-forward an Olympian wis raised in Kungälv.
  • Niklas Andersson, Umwhile NHL-forward an younger brither o Mikael wis born an raised in Kungälv.
  • P. J. Axelsson, Umwhile Boston Bruins forward an Olympian wis born an raised in Kungälv.
  • Fredrik Sjostrom, Current NHL-forward wis raised in Kungälv.
  • Carin Koch, Profeesional gowfer wis born an raised in Kungälv.
  • Ernst Skarstedt, Swadish-American author, jurnalist an editor wis born in Kungälv.
  • Pontus Wernbloom, Profesesional fitbaa player.

Transport[eedit | eedit soorce]

Sports[eedit | eedit soorce]

The follaein sports clubs are locatit in Kungälv:

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. a b c "Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km2 2005 och 2010" (in Swadish). Statistics Sweden. 14 December 2011. Archived frae the original on 10 Januar 2012. Retrieved 10 Januar 2012. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)CS1 maint: unrecognised leid (link)
  2. Heimskringla - overview Archived 2014-07-13 at the Wayback Machine Heimskringla - overview
  3. Sigurd I of Norway Sigurd I of Norway
  4. Olav Tryggvason's saga (Heimskringla. (Snorri Sturluson, chapter 113)