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Karlskrona Travel Guide: 63 reviews and 164 photos

This is the town in Sweden where I worked for more than six years. Traditionally, Karlskrona has been a Naval base (dating back to the 17th century) and more recently it has attracted several Telecoms companies.

The old spelling of the name is Carlskrona and the town is listed as a World Hertiage Site.

The contrast between summer and winter is incredible. Some of the Swedes I work with who originate from further north, think Karlskrona is quite a dark place in the winter. This is due to the fact we don't get as much snow as they do 'up north'.

In the summer, the town and surrounding area is at it's best. There are numerous beaches and the sea temperature rises about 20 degrees.

About the Town

King Karl XI founded the town in 1680 to help strengthen the control of the Baltic. 33 islands form the town, the main one is Trossö.

Until a few years ago, apart from the residents, the town was exclusively a naval base where many Swedes came to do their national service.

Karlskrona was once the point of a major incident during the Cold War when a Russian submarine ran aground. The Swedes didn't want to let it go and the Russians wanted it back. Eventually, it was all sorted out.

More recently, Karlskrona has experienced strong IT growth with many companies locating here and the Telecom City network has been established.

Unique Karlskrona

Like any town, any where in the world, there are small stories I can tell you which are unique to Karlskrona. Some are strange and some are funny. These are a few I've chosen to share with you:

1. Burger King Went Bust. One of the most successful fast food chains in the world with a prime location on Ronnebygatan but it still went bust.

2. A couple of years ago I was driving home from work and found part of the town closed off by the police. Later, I found out that the top floor of the fire station had burnt down.

3. Earlier this summer, I went into a jewellers as my watch strap needed repairing (it needed a new pin). The guy went into the back to fix it and after 10 minutes (and lots of swearing) he came out, handed me the pin and said he didn't have time to fix it. When I got home I had a look at it and the pin was too short - great jeweller.

4. The optician wasn't much better. A friend broke the arm off a pair of glasses. The jeweller couldn't match the colour (not even close) but said it didn't matter as no-one could see both sides at the same time. He also wanted 2.000sek ($250)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful beaches in the summer
  • Cons:Very remote from other main cities
  • Last visit to Karlskrona: Oct 2007
  • Intro Updated Dec 23, 2007
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  • Feb 5, 2011 at 5:52 AM

    Not true there are at least 4 banks just in the town centre they all exchange money opening hours no probs. You can use ATM's to withdraw swedish kr.

  • Dec 6, 2009 at 6:47 AM

    Could you please correct the 5th line to: "Natten var (...) Nu HÖR: det svingar,"? The incorrect "HÖRS" is unfortunately very contagious (the 's' from one person will be heard and others then continue to make the same error (currently the case in Sweden).

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    Jul 18, 2006 at 8:16 AM

    Great page! I just miss something on the actual World Heritage?

  • nickenyfiken's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2004 at 3:11 PM

    Great page! Even better than my own about this city;) Got surprised by some fact about Lucia that I really never heard earlier, but maybe you're right! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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    Nov 16, 2003 at 3:25 PM

    Nice info about Karlskrona. Greetings from Norway !

  • orlikins's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2002 at 1:43 AM

    hey you found an irish bar, cool!! ;)

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