Karlskrona is a port city in the southern Swedish province of Blekinge County, the historical province of Blekinge. The city on the Baltic Sea is the capital of the municipality and is known as a Baroque city.

  • 5.1 Resident companies (selection)


Karlskrona was originally made on more than 30 islands and islets, which still affects the city.

1679 Karlskrona was as a naval base of King Charles XI. and Admiral Hans Wachtmeister founded. Just one year later Karlskrona became a town. 1790 burned much of the city.


There are ferry connections from neighboring Karlshamn after Liepāja in Latvia and Gdynia in Poland.

World Heritage Sites

The naval port of Karlskrona with its former shipyards and defense plants and selected buildings in the city were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Individual structures

The built at the time of founding of the city in the 17th and early 18th century houses still stand today. The Frederick Church ( Fredrikskyrkan ) goes to the architect Nicodemus Tessin the Younger back. The foundation stone of the church was made in 1720, the inauguration. Because the architect had in 1744 influenced by European architectural styles of the time, the soft style into yellow color and the decorations of the church from the usual style of Swedish churches.

The also the Younger built by Nicodemus Tessin Trinity Church ( Trefaldighetskyrkan ), the town hall and the water reservoir Vattenborgen in the style of a castle are also on the main square ( Stortorget ).

The Admiralty Church built in 1697 is the largest wooden church in Sweden.

World Heritage sites that are not on the main island

A bridge leads to the easternmost island Stumholmen. On the island several handicraft factories were to supply the naval base. Furthermore, there are a Stumholmen no longer run prison, the Naval Museum and the bastion Kungshall, of the occasions for ceremonial salutes are fired.

Northwest of the main island lies the manor Skärva with castle-like main building and several annexe Let that made creating the owner and shipbuilder Fredrik Henrik af Chapman.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Magnus F. Andersson ( born 1953 ), composer and trombonist
  • Mikael Antonsson ( born 1981 ), football player
  • Oliver Ekman Larsson ( * 1991), ice hockey player
  • Horace Engdahl (* 1948), literary scholar, critic, essayist and translator
  • Jonathan Ericsson ( born 1984 ), ice hockey player
  • Katarina Ewerlöf ( born 1959 ), actress
  • Adam Grahn (*), singer of the band Royal Republic
  • Tobias Grahn ( born 1980 ), football player
  • Tobias Karlsson ( born 1981 ), handball players
  • Sven Lidman (1882-1960), writer
  • Katarina Mazetti ( born 1944 ), radio journalist, columnist and writer
  • Clara Nordström (1886-1962), German writer and translator of Swedish descent
  • Bent Persson ( born 1947 ), Swedish jazz musicians
  • Roland Sandberg ( born 1946 ), former football player
  • Nell Walden (1887-1975), Swedish -Swiss painter, writer and art collector

Economy and infrastructure

The naval base at Karlskrona is one of the largest employers. Through the Marine Karlskrona from inception and shipyards for warship building, which today belong to the company Kockums. Another focus is the software development and Elektronikbau.

Resident companies (selection)

  • Ericsson - Mobile Phone Development, Research & Development Center
  • Flextronics - electronics and PCB manufacturing
  • Kockums - warship building ( among others Visby - class)
  • Telenor - Communication Services
  • ABB - cable manufacturing


The local club Flottans IF Karlskrona was Swedish champion in handball in 1932.