L stands for Landskrona
“THE NICE PART ABOUT LIVING IN A SMALL TOWN IS THAT
WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING, SOME ELSE DOES”
Happy Birthday, Landskrona – 600 years today
I did this post during in April last years during the blogging challenge A-Z, but I have got a lot of new friends here now – so I will post it again – and I have added some new photos too. Today our King Karl Gustaf will be visiting us and after that a year of celebrations will start.
WELCOME to my hometown; 55°52′13″N 12°49′49″O
Landskrona, only 9.9mtr over sea level.
Landskrona, this little beautiful town with views across to Denmark – Copenhagen is only 60 min away with direct train. My hometown since May 2009, when I decided to move back to Sweden after all my years living abroad.
Didn’t feel for going back to Gothenburg, where I lived all my adult life, since 1963 – also I wanted to be closer to my mum that has come up to a great age of 90, this year – but still with some distance. So I’m back to my roots in County Skåne (Scania), where I grown up.
I wanted to live where the ocean docks – so started I look along the whole coastline of Southern Sweden, but couldn’t find anything “clicked” when it was about apartments. Then I clicked on Landskrona – and there was my apartment. So here I’m. Had never seen my apartment until the day I moved in – sign the contract sitting in Belfast. A friend had checked it out for me and sent me some photo’s. It was like a blind date – when I opened the door the first time.
A stunning town – that haven’t had the best reputation in the press, because of all the frictions between religions and other reasons, been deadly shootings here. Landskrona have a large number of “new swedes” (immigrants).
Things has changed and I have never notice anything. In the house where I live – I’m the only Swede and I have the best neighbors in the world. So thoughtful and friendly, from the day I moved in – you would never get that straight away from Swedish neighbors (they have to know you first) and I was so sick during my treatments the ladies where concerned and looked after me.
County Skåne – was been Swedish and Danish – back and forward – in the history a couple of times, but now we been Swedish since 1719 and we are very pleased with that. Even if some of us, Skånningar, want to be our own nation – how will that work????? – can we live on potatoes, apples, cider and Absolut vodka only???? Maybe can we *smile We grow a lot of rapeseed too.
In 1413 – Landskrona was founded – a small fishing villiage. It was named “Landszkrone” in those days. 1549 did Kristian XIII, King of both Denmark And Sweden, started to build Landskrona slott, Citadellet, stod ready in 1550. The castle that is fully intact today and our biggest tourist attraction.
Today 40.00 people lives here – so it’s not a big town and I love it because of that.
We have everything we need for our daily “go about” just next door and if we want something more advanced we have a massive shopping centre just 15 min away by car and the nearest IKEA we have 25 min drive away outside Helsingborg – there is also one of the biggest shopping centre in Sweden, Värla.
10 years ago I would had said NO WAY – if anyone said to me I will to move to a town of this size, but I’m very happy with my choice of apartment and my home town.
Had never been in Landskrona before I moved here. The town celebrate its 600th years birthday next year 20.03.2013
We are twinned with:
We have a good culture activities – many beautiful parks that the council keep in such a good order – they have their own “Landskrona Stad’s Park Team” – it says so on their backs, nice touch – all our roundabout are filled to rim with seasonal flowers and we have modern sculptures everywhere. Many beautiful houses with stunning details that I can walk around for hours looking at.
We are a bit short of good restaurants – 2 in the center – and out in Borstahusen, our fishing and yacht harbor we have one all year round and one seasonal, both very good. The seasonal one, Havnkrogen, are really only 2 containers and a beautiful conservatory – open from Easter to the end of September. They are on the ground where all the yachts are kept during the winter, so they just close up the containers and move them – and go home, my favorite of them all.
We have sandy beaches only 5 min walk from town center and perfect for kids .. because its very shallow water, 15 min walk for me.
Outside Landskrona, between Sweden and Denmark lays little beautiful island Ven (Swedish) – and out to there goes small ferries 2 departures per hour. A very hill little island and in summer becomes the place to be. In the winter I don’t give much for it. 359 people lives there permanent on area of 7,5 km2 and 39mtr over sea level.
We also have something in Sweden called “Koloniträdgårdar” – and its small lots that people living in the towns and cities can rent to grow their own vegetables, flowers and fruit trees and to have a tiny cottage on. Not allowed to be lived at permanent – only to have as an escape. Landskrona has the oldest settlement in Sweden from 1895 and all are still up and running. It’s still something we are able to do in Sweden and the ground is owned by the councils. They are so pretty here in Landskrona, small fairy tale cottages and we have 1500 of them.
All photo’s here is all mine (except the top ones, the both maps, the old water tower and the ones with the small cottages above here)
Our local hospital are very good, but only 25 min away we have one of the best hospitals in Sweden – especially with my cancer – maybe one of the best in Europe, Lund University Hospital. They have a special bus that links 3 hospitals together: Helsingborg – Landskrona – Lund, Bus 215 and it has a nurse aboard as hostess.
I live at a really beautiful spot – and if I want to see the rest of the world, Copenhagen Airport is only 50 min away, my gateway to the world. From there I can fly direct to where ever I want.
Landskrona is a stunning summer town and in the winter – just like anywhere else … *smile
So now you have been in Landskrona – so hurry back to us.
Of course because of my trademark – my music clouds – I have to add music to the post for today. Something I didn’t do last year, but will do this year’s challenge.
I have chosen one of the most popular songs about my county Skåne (Scania) – it was written in 1939 by Alvar Kraft och Charles Henry. The title is “Jag har bott vid en landsväg”, in English .. I have lived by a country road. Have chosen a happy jazz version played by Kåge River Jazz Band, a band that started playing together in 2000 and comes from a town up in the north of Sweden, Skellefteå. A very happy and suitable track for a 600 year old lady that is still going strong and only becomes better by the year.
“I have lived by a country road
all my life
and seen people come and go.
I have seen crops sprout,
on my turf in peace,
while storks trimmed its nest.
I have seen spring dawning,
I’ve seen autumn storms whimper,
I’ve seen wild geese dash
during the evening sky spirit.
I have lived in a country road
all my life
and seen people come and go.”
Photos provided by and thanks to: landskrona.se/weather-forcast.com (map)/karroklagar.blogg.se (cottage)/stubbergaard.se – Landskrona 600 years photos: landskrona.se – kåge river band: kageriverjazz.blogspot se