Kristinehamn is a city in the central Swedish province of Värmland County, the historical province of Värmland. It is the capital of the homonymous municipality and is situated on the northern shore of Lake Vänern.


The core of the city was the port and the market place. The city was founded in 1582 under the name of Bro and received with its renaming in 1642 Kristinehamn ultimately the city rights.

The city's history is strongly associated with a Dutch ship type, the Boeier, from the 16th century. With these ships crude metals of the Bergslagen region were brought to Kristinehamn. For this reason, a Boeier is depicted in the coat of arms.

Since none of the historic ships remained, it was decided in 1997 to a replica. After the maiden voyage on 18 June 2005, Christine af Bro became an attraction for local and foreign tourists. The ship makes mainly tours on Lake Vänern, but can also be booked by larger companies for longer trips.

In the 1960s and 1970s sailing yachts of the types Albin Accent and Albin Vega were built in the shipyard Albin Marin AB.


The main roads are the European Route 18, which runs from Stockholm to Oslo, and the Riksväg 26 Formerly, the domestic train their starting point, but large parts are now decommissioned by Mora.


In Kristinehamn is a major exhibition of sculptures by Pablo Picasso. The best known of these is the monumental sculpture on the headland Strandudden. It is 15 m high and was built in 1965. The first sketches for Picasso drew in the 1950s. The first was provided to set up the statue in the Norwegian home town of the artist Carl Neslar, who had worked about 17 years with Picasso. The local policy-makers could but find no pleasure in the designs.

In France, Carl Neslar later met the Swedish artist Bengt Olson from Kristinehamn. As the artist about the chat " statue without a home ," suggests Olson ago, an attempt to start in Kristinehamn. Even Picasso was agreed under the condition that Neslar erected the statue and that the selected location proves to be suitable. The community Kristinehamn was willing not only to accommodate the statue, they also paid their structure.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Bror Beckman, composer
  • Rolf Ekéus, diplomat
  • Bo Christian Larsson, artist
  • Fredrik Ljungkvist, jazz saxophonist and clarinetist -
  • Sandra Oxenryd, pop singer
  • Torsten Palm, race car driver
  • Tom Trana, Car sports and rally drivers
  • Sara Larsson, Swedish soccer national team from KIF Örebro