It is known for its claycuckoos — a special kind of ocarina. This is however a dying tradition as there is now only one producer of clay cuckoos, Sofia Nilsson.
Tourism is an important industry to the city. Its most valued resource in this respect is a popular 6-kilometer long sandy beach right outside the town. The winds in Skälderviken bay make the beach an attractive resort for sailors, wave surfers and wind surfers.
Here is also an ice cream manufacturer, Engelholms Glass which produces about 1.2 million litres of ice-cream every year.
The old settlement Rynestad was mentioned around the year 1600. The new city got its charter from king Christian II of Denmark in 1516. The town remained small for centuries. Following the Treaty of Roskilde in 1658, Ängelholm, together with the rest of Scania, was assigned by Denmark to Sweden. The town began to grow in the 19th century due to industrialization. It was also a garrison town until 1883 and had an airforce base between 1941 and 2002. The high-performance car manufacturer Koenigsegg Automotive is based on the premises of the decommissioned F 10 Ängelholm airbase.