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  The river Eskilstunaån from the Fors Kyrka
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Eskilstuna itself was the result of a merger in the Middle-ages of two trades places called Tuna and Fors, which were located on opposite sides of the Eskilstuna River. When the two places became one the city was called Tunafors.

But in 1739 Tunafors changed it's name to Eskilstuna. The city was now called after Saint Eskil. Eskil was a saint who was stoned to death outside Strängnäs (a neighbouring city) in 1080 on a pagan blotfest. This probably will not be the only time I'll mention Saint Eskil in my pages, as it has had quite an influence on the region. Not only the city of Eskilstuna was named after the saint, also the river got his name. Before this time the river was called the Närjan.

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  • Updated Oct 12, 2005
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