Borås railway station
|County||Västra Götaland County|
|• Total||31.40 km2 (12.12 sq mi)|
|Elevation||143 m (469 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2010)|
|• Density||2,111/km2 (5,470/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||501 xx|
|Area code(s)||(+46) 33|
Borås (Swedish pronunciation: [bʊˈroːs]), sometimes called "North of Venice", is a city (officially, a locality) and the seat of Borås Municipality, Västra Götaland County, Sweden. It had 66,273 inhabitants in 2010.
Borås is located at the point of two crossing railways, among them the railway between Gothenburg and Kalmar, and is often considered the Swedish city gaining the most from the nationwide railway system laid between 1870-1910.
The city of Borås received its privileges in 1621 by King Gustav II Adolf. The reason was to give local pedlars a legal place for vending their merchandise. The city developed soon after it was founded. After a century it had increased to over 2,000 inhabitants.
Borås has been ravaged by fires four times: in 1681, 1727, 1822 and 1827. The Caroli church is the oldest of Borås's buildings, and has withstood all fires.
The city arms depicts two sheep-shearing scissors, a tribute to the vast number of smiths in the town in early history. It currently holds the Swedish record in the number of established mail-order firms.
The company Swedac is based in the city, as well as Ericsson, which has a large manufacturing plant where Mini-Link microwave radios are manufactured. Worldwide clothing retailer H&M have their worldwide head office based in the city as well.
Outside the city in the industrial park of Viared, there are many companies specializing in logistics. Industries in Borås have close collaboration with the University College of Borås as well as the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, the largest technical research institute of Sweden, both located in Borås. Besides being the home of the official Swedish Kilogram-weight and the atomic clock that sets the national time, SP conducts various testing and research to promote consumer safety.
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The most successful sports team is the football team IF Elfsborg, six times Swedish champions (1936, 1939, 1940,1961, 2006 and 2012) and three times winner of the Swedish cup (2001, 2003 and 2014). Elfsborg was founded in 1904, but received its current name in 1906. The team's home arena is since 2005 Borås Arena (formerly Ryavallen Stadium) in Borås, with a capacity of 16000. Elfsborg plays in yellow and black.
Other sports that can be practiced in Borås are track and field, rowing, handball, table tennis, tennis, skiing, orienteering, archery, sport shooting, swimming, golf, equestrian, bowling, cheerleading and various martial arts. Borås Judoclub has tried to create a national center for judo. Members from the club that have participated in the olympics include Per Kjellin and Lars Adolfsson (who competed twice).
Boråshallen is the largest indoor sports hall in Borås, where the Mariedal cup is held annually in October or November. It started in 1978 in its current form.
Borås hosted the water polo events of the XIII FINA World Masters Championships 2010 from July 28 to August 6.
Other sports clubs located in Borås include:
- Hemvärnets Musikkår Borås - A marching and sitting orchestra
- Borås kulturskola - School of the Arts (for young people).
- Borås kulturhus - Theater, Library, Museum of Art
- Borås Tidning - The local newspaper.
- Textilmuseet - A museum about textile manufacturing and clothes.
- Borås djurpark - The local zoo. They have successfully raised a number of different animals and even exported lions to other zoo's.
- Åhaga - A renovated building that previously were used to maintain and repair locomotives. Now used for conferences and concerts.
Every summer, a number of free outdoor concerts are held on the town square on Thursday evenings.
The city has lately been recognized as a city of outdoor sculptures, such as Catafalque by Sean Henry, Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd's knotted non-violence pistol and a huge bronze version of Pinocchio called Walking to Borås by the American pop artist Jim Dine.
During the holiday All Saints there is an annual gaming convention called Borås Spelkonvent where people, mostly youths, meet to play various board-games, Warhammer 40k and Magic: The Gathering among other games.
Catafalque by Sean Henry in Winter.
- Johanna Almgren, Swedish footballer 
- Hans Alsér, a world champion of table tennis
- Christer Björkman, singer and supervisor of Melodifestivalen
- Daniel Brennare, musician, Lake of Tears
- Ingvar Carlsson, former prime minister
- Magnus Carlsson, pop singer
- Peter Adolf Hall, painter
- Johan Hallgren, rower 
- Marcus Hansson, 1994 motocross world champion 
- Nils Horner, journalist
- Jonas Jerebko, first Swedish NBA player 
- Carolina Klüft, heptathlete
- Daniel Norgren, singer-songwriter
- Helena Paparizou, 2005 Eurovision winner and Greek singer
- Apollo Papathanasio, heavy metal vocalist of Greek descent
- Kurt Pettersén, an Olympic champion wrestler
- Christoffer Schander, biologist and active science fiction fan
- Helge Skoog, actor
See also University of Borås
- Sven Eriksonsgymnasiet
- Borås Praktiska Gymnasium
- LBS: High School of Creativity
Borås is twinned with three cities:
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