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Jag går på promenaden jag dansar fram rentav jag går på promenaden seglar fram på soligt hav
Jag börjar vid bensinstation en dag då allt känns kass snart kommer jag till Halvars kiosk där köper jag en glass
Och går på promenaden och slickar på min strut jag går på promenaden och väntar på att det ska ringa ut"
From 'Jag går på promenaden' - Ulf Lundell (Vargmåne, 1975)
Welcome to Sweden's eight largest city and one of the most beautiful (completly unbiased of course). We have a population of about 122 000 and is located on the east coast of Sweden. A former textile industry city it used to be known as Sweden's Manchester. These days the textile mills are closed and abandoned and in the old, renovated industrial buildings there are now universities, IT companies and museums.
We have the unique Industrial Lanscape with it's beautiful old buildings and waterfalls, Sweden's second most beatiful building, Strykjärnet, and Sweden's second most beautiful park. Not to mention that Norrköping was in third place in the World contest "Cities in Bloom" in the mid-size town class.
Norrköping is one and a half hour south of Stockholm and is easy accessible by train, by car and by air. There's also a good port but it's mainly used for industrial transports. Around Norrköping there are beautiful nature, the archipelago with all it's islands and old fishing ports just outside is a wonderful excursion spot. Kolmården with it's deep forests, tranquil deep lakes and rocky hills and ravines and it's famous zoo is another great place to visit.
Located where the Motala river meets the Bråviken bay the Norrköping area was populated early as evident by the many rock carvings from the bronze age.
Norrköping town was founded in the 13th century, a document drawing up the city borders of Norrköping from 1387 is stored in a locked iron coffin in the city hall basement. The city grew up around the two churches and the river that was used for fishing and water mills.
In the 16th century the Swedish king Gustav Vasa took an interest in Norrköping as a port town and the crown took over the land and the water and fishing rights. The small islands in Motala var very suitable for forges and smithies because of the fire hazard and was soon sprawling with them as well as river mills and water wheels.
Loius de Geer, one of the most important figures in Östergörland history, started a brass forge in Norrköping as well as a paper mill and a ship yard. During the 17th century the first textile mill started up in Norrköping in Drags that manufactured cloth for the Swedish army.
During the next centurys the textile industry grew along the river and large stone industrial buildings with their own hydroelectric power plants in the basements were put up that could house the large textile machines. The textile crisis after WW II hit Norrköping hard and in 1970 the last textile factory was closed down.
These buidings were so well built that they are still standing today forming the industrial landscape. They long stood empty and abandoned until the 90ies when an intense renavotion started with the De Geer Concert hall in the old Holmen factory, the startup of ProNova Science Park in the old Tuppen factory and the new University in the old YFA textile factory.
Today the old mills and factories houses a new branch of industry, the University and newly started IT companies as well as museums although the shadows of the textile and paper mills still can be seen and felt in the architecture, the statues and mementos and in the preserved details in the buildings themselves.
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