Lysekil is a town in the Swedish province of Västra Götaland County and the historic province of Bohuslän. The chief town of the same name located about 30 km west of Uddevalla to everything needed.


Lysekil was first mentioned in documents in 1570. At that time it was a fishing village that flourished in the 18th century. 1836 it was raised to the market in 1903 to the city. 1847 a sanatorium was opened and the city developed into a busy seaside resort. At the same time, industrialization began in the field of food industry ( canneries ) and the end of the 19th century Skandiawerke (ship engines) were built. Despite the industrialization Lysekil is a major tourist resort on the Swedish west coast.


The oldest part of the city ( Gamlestaden ) is located at the northern port and comes mainly from the 19th century, although a settlement from the 16th century can be detected. End of the 19th century was at South Haven a new city center near the swimming complex with buildings in the National Romantic style, and Art Nouveau.

Today there is the Bohusmuseum and the House of the Sea ( Havets hus ), a marine aquarium with 109 species of fish. Lysekil is also the center of the Swedish marine research.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Nathalie Djurberg ( b. 1978 ) - Swedish artist
  • Mustafa Mohamed ( b. 1979 ) - steeplechaser. He was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, lives in Lysekil and is now a Swedish citizen


Tätorter: Brastad | Fiskebäckskil | Grundsund | Lysekil | Rixö

Småorter: Brodalen | Rågårdsvik | Skalhamn

  • Place in Västra Götaland County
  • Lysekil municipality