Gustavsberg, Värmdö Municipality
Gustavsberg is a locality situated on the island of Värmdö in Sweden's Stockholm archipelago. From an administrative perspective, it is in Stockholm County and is the seat of Värmdö Municipality, it has 11,333 inhabitants as of 2010. It is most known for its porcelain factory, Gustavsberg porcelain, toilet bowls distributed nationwide and internationally. Media related to Gustavsberg at Wikimedia Commons article Gustafsberg from Nordisk familjebok
Lidingö Municipality is a municipality east of Stockholm in Stockholm County in east central Sweden. Its seat is located on the island of Lidingö; the municipality is a part of Metropolitan Stockholm. It is chiefly located on the island Lidingö, but incorporates a few smaller islands in the surroundings, most notably the Fjäderholmarna islands within the Stockholm archipelago. Being an island municipality it has not been amalgamated with any other entities; the small island of Tranholmen has, been transferred to Danderyd Municipality. The rural municipality was made a market town in 1910, a city in 1926 and a unitary municipality in 1971; the municipality always refers to itself. This was a decision taken by the municipal assembly in 1992; the island Lidingö is connected to the city of Stockholm by the two bridges of Lidingöbron. One is for one for the Lidingöbanan suburban tramway and pedestrians; the bridges lead directly to a station on the Stockholm Metro. Lidingö is for statistical purposes divided into three localities: Lidingö, Brevik and Sticklinge udde.
Because of the strait Lilla Värtan separating the island Lidingö from central Stockholm, Lidingö statistically is not counted as a part of Stockholm. Lidingö traces its history from when remains have been found. According to legend, Lidingö was a place where the Vikings would gather before setting sails to eastern areas, however no proof have been found to confirm that theory; when the city arms was to be chosen in 1928 a Viking ship became the motif, in the colors of the Swedish flag. Lidingö was first mentioned in writing in 1328, called Lydhingö when the entire island and the farms were owned by Bo Johnsson Grip. On a map from 1661 the island is called Lijdingeöö; the island itself hosts few industries, a well-known one being AGA AB, which started production on the island in 1912. Much of the populated land area is built with one-family houses. There are quite a number of conference mansions in the northern parts of the island, providing a part of the industry of Lidingö; the island's politics has traditionally been dominated by the centre-right Moderate Party.
They run the municipality in coalition with the Christian Democrats and with the Lidingö Party. Chairman of the municipal executive board is Anna Rheyneuclaudes Kihlman from the Moderate Party. On the 31st of December 2017 the number of people with a foreign background was 10 065, or 21.33% of the population. On the 31st of December 2002 the number of residents with a foreign background was 6 422, or 15.59% of the population. On 31 December 2017 there were 47 185 residents in Lidingö, of which 8 265 people were born in a country other than Sweden. Divided by country in the table below - the Nordic countries as well as the 12 most common countries of birth outside of Sweden for Swedish residents have been included, with other countries of birth bundled together by continent by Statistics Sweden. Lidingö is one of the wealthiest municipalities in Sweden, with the fourth highest median income per capita; the share of educated persons, according to Statistics Sweden's definition: persons with post-secondary education, three years or longer, is 46.0% – the fourth highest in the country.
In 1942, Lidingö created a committee to provide support for the people in Lohja in the southern part of Finland who suffered badly during World War II. An orphanage was opened in Lidingö and money was collected and sent to Lohja; the orphanage was closed in 1943 as most of the children had returned to Finland. The money, left over was used to provide food for the children in Lohja. Lidingö and Lohja still maintain a close relationship. Another sister city is California; the initiative came from Alameda in 1959 and was part of U. S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower's people-to-people-movement; the purpose was to develop better understanding between people from different countries after World War II. Both Alameda and Lidingö are islands with a bridge connecting them to a big city; as the Baltic states were liberated from the Soviet Union in 1990-1991, Lidingö looked for a new sister city in the area. Saldus in Latvia was selected. During the years, a number of environmental and other projects have been accomplished.
Lidingöloppet, cross-country running, 30 km. Round Lidingö Race, sailing race round Lidingö counter clockwise, 13,5 M Millesgården is an art museum and sculpture garden, located on the island of Lidingö, created by Carl and his wife Olga Milles. List of islands of Sweden Lidingö Municipality - Official site
Upplands Väsby Municipality
Upplands Väsby Municipality is a municipality in Stockholm County in east central Sweden, with a population of 38,963. Its seat is located in the town of Upplands Väsby; the municipality was created in connection with the municipal reform of 1952, when the rural municipalities Ed, Fresta and Hammarby were amalgamated. It got its name from a settlement; the name Väsby can be attested from the 13th century. The prefix "Upplands" came to be used by the post station in 1919 as a means of separating it from other Väsbys in the country; the municipality was named "Upplands-Väsby" for a time, but the dash has now been removed. Upplands Väsby is located in between Stockholm and Arlanda Airport, the East Coast Line railroad goes through the municipality. There are local train services to Arlanda Airport, Stockholm Central Station and Älvsjö; the land is covered with good soil and moraine. The western part border to a creek of the lake Mälaren, which marks the border to the municipality Upplands-Bro. There are other water areas, such as streams and small lakes, in the municipality.
One of them is the small river Väsbyån. Located in the province of Uppland the municipality holds. Runestones and axes from the Bronze Age have been found; the number of rune inscriptions in the municipality amounts to 76. When Väsby Centrum, a shopping centre that houses some 60 stores, was built in Väsby in 1972 the population grew markedly; the mall is undergoing a large increase. On the 31st of December 2017 the number of people with a foreign background was 17 533, or 39.31% of the population. On the 31st of December 2002 the number of residents with a foreign background was 10 132, or 27.06% of the population. On 31 December 2017 there were 44 605 residents in Upplands Väsby, of which 13 009 people were born in a country other than Sweden. Divided by country in the table below - the Nordic countries as well as the 12 most common countries of birth outside of Sweden for Swedish residents have been included, with other countries of birth bundled together by continent by Statistics Sweden. Upplands Väsby Municipality - Official site Väsby Centrum
Åkersberga is a locality and the seat of Österåker Municipality, Stockholm County, Sweden with 28,033 inhabitants in 2010. In 1901 a railway station named; some shops and a post office followed. The name Berga was changed to Åkers Berga to avoid confusion with other Berga in Sweden and the present name Åkersberga evolved. After World War II the small village grew and blocks of flats were built. Åkersberga evolved into a suburb with many of its inhabitants commuting to their work-places in Stockholm. In the last decades Åkersberga has adopted a more urban character. Between 1974 and 1982 Åkersberga was the seat of Vaxholm Municipality; when the municipality was split in 1983 Åkersberga became seat of the reinstituted Österåker Municipality. Some notable people from Åkersberga include Loreen, Jesper Parnevik, Alexander Östlund and Richard S. Johnson; the nationally famous punk rock band Coca Carola is from Åkersberga. Another two nationally famous Åkersberga bands is Lustans Lakejer and Eskobar, Lustans Lakejer have released an album named Åkersberga.
Åkerberga is served by the narrow-gauge urban railway Roslagsbanan, which has four stops in the town, Österskär, Tunagård, Åkersberga Station and Åkers Runö The following sports clubs are located in Åkersberga: IFK Österåker FK Åkersberga BK
Kungsängen is a locality and the seat of Upplands-Bro Municipality, Stockholm County, Sweden with 9,382 inhabitants in 2010
Ekerö Municipality is a municipality in the province of Uppland in Stockholm County in east central Sweden. The name derives from the name of the main island within the municipality whose name is Ekerön, means "Oak Island", its seat is located in the town of Ekerö. The King of Sweden resides at Drottningholm Palace. Ekerö is the only municipality in the Lake Mälaren region composed of islands. Land elevation has reduced the number of islands and skerries to 140, the largest of which, distinguished on the map below, are Adelsö, Munsö, Ekerö, Färingsö, Lovö. 2000 years ago, during the Roman Iron Age, Färingsön was more of an archipelago of twenty islands. When the first local government acts were implemented in Sweden in 1863, eight rural municipalities were created, each corresponding to an old parish; the municipal reform of 1952 grouped them in two new larger entities. The next reform in 1971 merged them into the present municipality; the municipality contains two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One is Birka, an old Viking Age village, the other is Drottningholm Palace and its surroundings.
Drottningholm, located on the Lovö island, was a Renaissance palace built by King John III for Queen Catherine Jagellon. On December 30, 1661 the old palace burned down. Queen Dowager Hedvig Eleonora had a new palace erected out of the preserved walls and cellar vaults from King John III:s palace in the French Baroque style to the design of architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder, a work completed by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger, Carl Hårleman, Jean Eric Rehn. Since 1981 it is the permanent residence of the royal family, but large parts of the park are accessible to the public; the palace features several uniquely preserved structures, including the Palace Theatre, inaugurated in 1766 and still delivering operas using the preserved original machinery. Birka on the Björkö island is the oldest urban structure in Sweden, founded in the mid 8th century. In the 9th century, Archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen, made two failed attempts to convert its inhabitants; the settlement was abandoned in the late 10th century for unknown reasons.
The excavations of the 1.100 graves in the area started in 1871 and have continued since. A museum was created in 1995, in summers various boats carry large numbers of tourists to the island. Other historical sights of interest are several runestones and other Viking remains, eight medieval churches, old towns.. On the Adelsö Island is Hovgården, together with Birka a world heritage site, featuring barrows, thick walls, runestones. There is Alsnö hus, the ruins of the summer residence of Magnus Barnlock were the Ordinance of Alsnö created the foundation of the Swedish nobility, a Romanesque church from the 12th century. Next to this Crown palace is the residential area Drottningholmsmalmen which draws its history back to the Torvesund manor built in 1579-80 and which served as a place of refuge for the Jesuits following the Reformation. During the 18th century, soldiers and other craftsmen working at The Royal Palace settled in the area. Intentions were to develop it into a suburb to the palace like at the Versailles Palace, this end the area was granted the status of a city to attract entrepreneurs and artists to the royal court.
During the reign of King Gustav III had several building erected, including the Långa raden to accommodate the royal life guard. By 1815 78 properties existed in the area. However, it failed to develop in the direction sketched-out by Gustav III, instead evolved into a summer residence area inhabited by wealthy burghers, the large-scales villas in a wide range of styles have given the area its characteristics. In the middle of the 20th century several buildings by well-known Swedish architects, including Nils Tesch, Ralph Erskine, Peter Celsing and Bengt Lindroos, were added. Kanton is a group of twenty buildings next to the Chinese Pavilion built in the 1750s and 1760s, intended to be a mercantile prototype settlement. 70-80 people lived there for a few decades producing luxury items for the royal court and the nobility, including some of the interior of the China Pavillin. The buildings inspired author Elsa Beskow to some of her fairy tales. Kungshatt is a rocky island south of Lovön where, according to a legend, a king Erik Väderhatt, so named because of his fortune with the winds which he could foretell with his hat, escaped his enemies by jumping from the cliff with his horse.
The location for this event was furnished with a copper hat, now substituted with an iron hat. Svartsjö Palace was a Folkung mansion; the palace King Gustav I and his sons had built here was destroyed by fire in 1687. The rococo palace, built 1735-39 to the design of Carl Hårleman and expanded by Queen Louisa Ulrika, was neglected for centuries before being restored, its Baroque and English gardens are preserved. Hilleshög Church is a Romanesque edifice, built in granite and brick, with some parts from the 17th and 18th centuries and additions. Many of the paintings in the interior, dating back to the end of the 13th century and the early 15th century, were painted over in the 18th century but were restored in the 1920s and in 2002, together with some of the furniture. Ekebyhov is a real estate created around 1630, its main building, Ekebyhov Palace, is a wooden structure begun in 1674 and completed in 1704. It is the oldest preserved wooden palace in Europe; the gardens of the palace boasts several unique plants and features a café