Saturday, March 24, 2012

Malmö, Sweden

Malmö is the 3rd largest city in Sweden.  The city was founded at the end of the 13th century, in 1275.  For centuries it was Denmark's second-largest city.  In the 17th century it became part of Sweden.  It is nicknamed the City of Parks.

It's almost a suburb of Copenhagen thanks to the Öresund bridge.  For a while, housing prices were cheaper here so many Danes bought property and commute to Denmark for work.

Malmö has a diverse population of 300,000 people.  Some 30% of the population has foreign roots.  About 9,500 come from Denmark, then it's people from the former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Poland, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Hungary and Somalia.

It's a nice city to visit and there are plenty of historic buildings in the old town center.  Stortorget was built in the 1530s and is the oldest town square.  The statue is of King Karl X.

The town hall was built in 1546.  The façade was changed to Dutch Renaissance in the 1860s.

St. Peter's Church is the oldest building in Malmö.  It was built in the early 14th century.

Malmöhus Castle is the oldest remaining Renaissance castle in Scandinavia.  Today it hosts the city museum.

The Turning Torso is the tallest skyscraper in Scandinavia, the tallest residential building in the EU and the second-tallest residential building in Europe.  It opened in 2005.  Its 54 stories reach a height of 190 meters (623 feet).  The first ten floors are for commercial use and the rest are for luxury flats.

Miran has some family that lives near Malmö who he has never met.  So after our sightseeing we met up for coffee with his cousin Malin, her fiancé Fredde, and their new baby Alice.  They were really nice and we may see them in Slovenia later this summer.


  1. The Turning Torso is Terrific!

  2. Very informative. Although I've been there before, on an impromptu trip, I never knew there was so much to see. My next visit will be a more culturally pleasing.