Enköping

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Enköping
Enköping in November 2008
Enköping in November 2008
Official seal of Enköping
Seal
Enköping is located in Sweden
Enköping
Enköping
Coordinates: 59°38′08″N 17°04′35″E / 59.63556°N 17.07639°E / 59.63556; 17.07639Coordinates: 59°38′08″N 17°04′35″E / 59.63556°N 17.07639°E / 59.63556; 17.07639
Country Sweden
Province Uppland
County Uppsala County
Municipality Enköping Municipality
Founded 1300
Area[1]
 • Total 10.67 km2 (4.12 sq mi)
Elevation 16 m (52 ft)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 21,121
 • Density 1,980/km2 (5,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 745 xx
Area code(s) (+46) 171
Website Official website

Enköping is a locality and the seat of Enköping Municipality, Uppsala County, Sweden with 21,121 inhabitants in 2010.[1]

Geography[edit]

Enköping is situated near Lake Mälaren, about 78 km west of Stockholm. A comparably large number of Swedish cities are located in the vicinity of Enköping. The municipal slogan is therefore "Sweden's Closest City". This expression was created in 1965 when it was discovered by a local business that within a radius of 120 kilometers, one finds 38 Swedish cities and 1/3 of Sweden's population.

History[edit]

Enköping circa 1700, from Suecia antiqua et hodierna.

Near Enköping, there is some of the best preserved rock art from the Bronze Age present in central Sweden. The city of Enköping itself dates its history back to the 13th century but the city itself did not emerge until about 1250. Enköping was then as now situated by the rich farmlands close to lake Mälaren, leading to a wealthy rural population. The city has also always been a major crossroads for commerce, and excellent communications signify the city even today: The Mälar Railline (Mälarbanan) and the E18 highway provide ample means of travelling to the nearby major cities of Stockholm and Västerås. The city has several manufacturing industries, a hospital and the Swedish Armed Forces command and control and army electronic warfare centre Ledningsregementet (LedR).

Notable people[edit]

Sports[edit]

The following sports clubs are located in Enköping:

Sister cities[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km2 2005 och 2010" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Jeffrey de Hart, 'Crying Fame', in Billboard dated 20 November 2004, Vol. 116, No. 47, p. 77