A street adjacent to the central square
|• Total||6.27 km2 (2.42 sq mi)|
|Population (31 December 2010)|
|• Density||792/km2 (2,050/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
The town of Båstad is located in a sheltered bay with the Hallandian ridge stretching behind it. The town borders the shore, whereafter the terrain raises until the dense vegetation of the ridge takes over.
The first city privileges were granted in the 14th or 15th century, when the area belonged to Denmark. The first certain date is 1513 when it was re-granted. At the time, the name in print was Botstœdœ, which would translate to "Boat (landing) place".
In 1658 the area was conquered by Sweden, and Båstad was given new "special" privileges in 1664, because it was of too insignificant size to receive the full royal charter as one of Sweden's cities. The minor privilege allowed the town to be used for commerce, handicraft and hostelry. The minor privilege was in effect until 1858 when it got proper rights as a merchant town, or köping. It has been the seat of Båstad Municipality since 1971.
Båstad is best known for its tennis tournament Swedish Open on the ATP Tour, held each summer since 1948. The tournament boasts the largest number of courts in the country, and has fostered many internationally successful tennis players, such as Magnus Larsson. It attracts some 20,000 visitors and puts the town in a festive mood for a few weeks. Since 2009, the women's WTA tournament previously held in Stockholm is also played in Båstad as part of the Swedish Open.
The city is also home of the Troentorp Clog, formerly known as Båstad Clogs. Troentorp Clogs have been handcrafted in Båstad since 1907 and continue to be produced with the original wooden design.
The Church of Båstad or Saint Mary's Church is located in central Båstad. It was constructed in the 15th century. It is a Romanesque church, and contains several wall paintings from various centuries; a madonna image; and a Danish altarpiece, among other things.
A few kilometers outside of Båstad there is a large garden called Norrviken Gardens. Originally founded by Rudolf Abelin in the 1900s, it has once been chosen as the most beautiful park in Sweden, and the second most beautiful in Europe in 2006.
- Carl Adolph Agardh (1785–1859), botanist, born in Båstad
- Arne Bjerhammar (1917-2011), geodesist notable for independently describing Moore-Penrose pseudoinverse in 1951, born in Båstad
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- "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.
- "Norrvikens trädgårdar" (in Swedish). Båstad Municipality. Archived from the original on 4 September 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
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