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Malmö became my new hometown in October 2002. This is what I have discovered of it so far...:)

As I was here a few times when I was little, I can now notice a distinct difference from those earlier visits. People from the Scania region have always been proud of themselves (see my Skåne page) but this is nevertheless a city very much aware of its qualities compared to a bit of a slump in the 80s and early 90s when most heavy industry closed down and no new identity had been found.

It's a long way to Stockholm...

Beginning as a small, sandy fishing village, Malmö grew when the abundance of herring made it an important Hanseatic town which even became Denmark's second largest town and got its own castle. The town's importance finally declined when herring numbers did, and in the last few centuries, it has been a working class harbour town with shipping and manufacturing of goods such as textile and food and suffered heavily from the closure of all this. It is now very much bustling with new energy since the opening of the Öresund Bridge to Copenhagen (where I work) and the new UN Maritime university and Malmö university college. The famous wharf crane that symbolised the city for ages has been taken down and sold to South Korea and in its stead has come the architectural wonder of Västra Hamnen. The chocolate and socks factories are long gone, whilst in their place has come IT companies, grand hotel- and leasure plans, and commuting Danes who want to escape the higher Danish living costs and tighter Danish immigration laws for their foreign partners. A visit to Sweden's third city should be one where you realise that Berlin is geographically closer than Stockholm and the locals know it!

but not that far to Hamburg!

But Malmö is not just new developments and fun. Being a former industrial city, it saw lots of immigrants in the 60s when Sweden was crying out for labour all over Europe. Today, the factories have disappeared, leading to higher unemployment for workers and of course the immigrants are the first to suffer. A bus tour around the city will reveal the segregation with the rich western coastal parts of the city versus the apartment blocks in the east. The city has to work hard at solving segregation problems. To me, coming from further north with hills and forests, the city also suffers from being on a flat plain which the wind howls across in winter :)))

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:More continental than the rest of Sweden due to location, green, world food, art
  • Cons:More segregated than the rest of Sweden, windy
  • In a nutshell:Copenhagen's cheaper and smaller alternative
  • Intro Updated Aug 21, 2007
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  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Lovely page! You must have scaled down your involvement with VT before I joined, which is such a pity, as it's tragic to see really good writers fall by the wayside. Hopefully the update of a couple of your tips might perhaps herald your return? :)

  • Maryimelda's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2010 at 3:54 AM

    Your pages bring back wonderful memories of a night out in Malmo when I was visiting Kobenhavn in 2005. Thank you for sharing your memories so beautifully. Regards Kate

  • septem's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Great pages, great tips and great photos. Juliana

  • tsukiko.'s Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2008 at 8:00 AM

    Thanks for the nice cafe tips. It looks delicious!

  • Oct 9, 2008 at 6:08 AM

    As usual, i am using your Malmö tips for our trip to Malmö early next year. Thank you so much. Your tips are excellent! Very interesting and very inviting. Such a beautiful place you live in!

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2007 at 6:02 AM

    Stopped back by this page for a look. I like learning about the everyday life here. Interesting to hear that many Danes moved here for lower cost of living.

  • Vulindlela's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2007 at 2:32 PM

    I love your tips and photos! We enjoyed Malmo, even though we were just there a day. We did spend a few hours at the Bishops Arms.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2006 at 3:41 PM

    Hi did a rushed drive from getting off the ferry at Helsingborg - swedish stamps and postcards posted to prove ive been to sweden! and had to miss malmo to drive asap back to hamburg - thx for yr pics &info to see what i missed!

  • Carmanah's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2006 at 12:55 PM

    I wrote a paper on Malmö for a geography class I was taking. Thanks for sharing your experiences in Malmö. I hope to get there some day!

  • Pixiekatten's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2006 at 6:19 AM

    Ah! Underbara Möllan! =)

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