Karlskoga Municipality

Karlskoga Municipality (Karlskoga kommun) is a municipality in Örebro County in central Sweden. Its seat is located in the city of Karlskoga.

Karlskoga Municipality

Karlskoga kommun
Karlskoga Town Hall in August 2015
Karlskoga Town Hall in August 2015
Coat of arms of Karlskoga Municipality
Coat of arms
Karlskoga Municipality in Örebro County.png
CountyÖrebro County
 • Total510.38 km2 (197.06 sq mi)
 • Land468.23 km2 (180.78 sq mi)
 • Water42.15 km2 (16.27 sq mi)
 Area as of 1 January 2014.
 (31 December 2019)[2]
 • Total30,381
 • Density60/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeSE
ProvinceVärmland and Närke
Municipal code1883
Density is calculated using land area only.

Karlskoga was formed as rural municipality when the first Swedish local government acts came into force in 1863. In 1925 the southern part was detached, forming Degerfors Municipality. In 1940 the whole municipality, including its non-urban areas, got the title of a city. These titles were abolished in 1971.


Karlskoga is part of a traditionally forest and mountain-covered region, in Örebro County.

Such areas have traditionally been financially poor. This led to a significant Swedish emigration to North America from the district in the latter half of the 19th century. Stockholm, Wisconsin was for instance founded in 1854 by immigrants from Karlskoga.


The first aerial photograph by rocket was of Karlskoga using one of Alfred Nobel cameras c. 1897, rocket possibly by Captain Wilhelm T. Unge.[3]

For centuries, Karlskoga was a small forest and mining community, not a parish of its own. The parish was established in 1586 and a wooden church was built. In the 17th century fourteen small iron works and eight waterdriven hammers for bar iron were established. Most of these were still operating in the 1860s, but the dominating iron works was the one in nearby Bofors. In 1871, Bofors produced 6,124 metric tons of iron, more than any other plant in Sweden. In 1882, Karlskoga parish/municipality (socken) had 11,184 inhabitants.


Bofors was incorporated in 1873 and has since the 1880s been specializing in the lucrative manufacture of cannon. Karlskoga has spent most of the 20th century as a growing company town to this cannon manufacturer. Only with the demilitarization in the most recent decades has this started to be a problem for the town. There were 8,500 workers in Bofors in 1980, but the number had decreased to 2,600 in 1998.


The ice hockey team Bofors IK has for a long time been the most prominent sports team of the municipality. There is also a football team called KB Karlskoga Fotboll.

International relationsEdit

Twin towns — sister citiesEdit

Karlskoga is twinned with:[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 2014-01-01. Archived from the original (Microsoft Excel) on 2016-09-27. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  2. ^ "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 31 december 2019" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. February 20, 2020. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  3. ^ Skoog, A. Ingemar (2009-07-17). The Alfred Nobel rocket camera. An early aerial photography attempt. Acta Astronautica. Elsevier Ltd. doi:10.1016/j.actaastro.2009.06.011.
  4. ^ "Vänorter och samarbetsländer". karlskoga.se (in Swedish). Karlskoga kommun. Retrieved 2019-11-04.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Karlskoga Municipality at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 59°20′N 14°31′E / 59.333°N 14.517°E / 59.333; 14.517