Karlskrona

Last updated: 22 10 2019

Karlskrona is in southeast Sweden, located by the sea. The town is built on several islands, and access is easy both to the archipelago and the countryside. There are several communities in the municipality with excellent services.

Facts about the municipality

Population numbers

66,709

Size by area

3,345 km²

Distance to larger towns

  • Kalmar 83 km
  • Malmö 205 km
  • Köpenhamn 249 km
View of Karlskrona from the air.

The town is a UNESCO world heritage site, but Karlskrona is also a modern municipality with a growing business sector and several public authorities among the major employers.

Housing

The biggest housing company is Karlskronahem, run by the municipality. New homes are being built in several parts of the municipality. In 2015 construction will begin of a completely new area, Pottholmen, where 440 homes are planned by the sea.

Language groups in the locality

There are more than 130 nationalities in Karlskrona. Arabic, Somali, Albanian and Serbo-Croat are the biggest language groups. 

Associations and organisations

Karlskrona has an active civil society with more than 300 associations. These cover everything from sports clubs and community associations to culture societies and religious associations.

What is available in the immediate area

Public services such as municipal information, a local employment agency, social welfare services, the Social Insurance Agency, the library and tax office are located in Karlskrona. There is a large selection of shops, shopping centres and restaurants in the centre of town. There are several large shopping centres outside of town. There are also several shops selling inexpensive second-hand clothes, household appliances and furniture.

Indoor shopping centre with people shopping and having coffee.

Childcare

Karlskrona municipality has well equipped preschool facilities for children between the ages of 1 and 5. There are both municipal and independent schools. There are also various family day nurseries.

Two preschool pupils playing with water and sand outdoors.

Compulsory schools and upper secondary schools

There are 38 comprehensive schools in Karlskrona municipality, with a total of about 7000 pupils. Eight of the schools are independent. Several different pedagogic programmes are available. There are also municipal and independent upper secondary schools.

Education opportunities

Municipal adult education and Sfi are offered at Vuxenutbildningen in Karlskrona, where needs-based education is also available through flexible learning via distance courses or group sessions in classrooms, during the day or in the evening.

Litorina Folk High School has a Baltic specialisation, which means that students there are also taught about the countries and peoples around the Baltic Sea.

Blekinge Institute of Technology (Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, BTH), is one of Sweden's most specialised higher education institutions, with applied IT and innovation for sustainable growth as its principal focus.

Health and medical care

There are several medical care centres in the main town, as well as paediatric and obstetrics centres and Blekingesjukhuset, a hospital. Medical care is the responsibility of Blekinge County Council. The Vårdguiden 1177 helpline can answer your questions and give you advice as well as provide full information about health and medical care in Karlskrona. You can either visit the 1177 website or call 1177.

Interpreter assistance

You are entitled to have an interpreter in all contacts with public authorities.

Public transport

Travelling to or from Karlskrona involves taking a southbound train towards Malmö/Copenhagen or a northbound one towards Stockholm or Gothenburg. Ronneby airport, located thirty kilometres from Karlskrona, has flights to both Bromma and Arlanda airports in Stockholm.

In Karlskrona itself, public transport is run by Blekingetrafiken. Its network is large, and its website as well as various apps make it easy to find timetables and the right connections.

Work and entrepreneurship

Karlskrona has a varied labour market, with everything from hospitals to international corporations. Major employers include ABB High Voltage Cables, Dynapac, Roxrec, Karlskrona municipality, Ericsson, Saab Kockums, Auralight and Blekinge County Council. National organisations such as the Swedish Coast Guard, the Swedish Armed Forces and Boverket (the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning) are also big employers.

Shoppers buying from small businesses in Karlskrona's market square.

Nyföretagarcentrum is a service centre for anyone who wants to start their own business. Read more on Nyföretagarcentrum Karlskrona's website.