Trätorget (17 June 2006)
|County||Västra Götaland County|
|• Total||8.54 km2 (3.30 sq mi)|
|Elevation||218 m (715 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2010)|
|• Density||1,915/km2 (4,960/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||521 xx|
|Area code(s)||(+46) 515|
The town of Falköping was first spoken of in the Icelandic Rimbegla (around 1100 A.D.), and is mentioned in the Westrogothic law. It was also an important site of pilgrimage due to its 12th-century church dedicated to Saint Olaf (Sankt Olof). The town was heading for a shut-down during the 16th century and was even burnt to the ground by the Danish during the Northern Seven Years' War. However the town survived and was rebuilt.
Falköping or Falbygden (when meaning the agricultural landscape in which Falköping is located) is widely known for its ancient remains of stone-, bronze- and iron-age. The town is located between the two "Platåberg" (Flat-topped mountains) Mösseberg and Ålleberg. The location has been inhabited since the end of the ice age and cultivated by people for the last 6000 years. The oldest find is a form of megalithic grave (sv. Megalitgrav) called "Dös" (an ancient grave chamber with flat stones risen to form a pathway) dating back to 3400 B.C. But there is also 28 "Gånggrifter" (Pathgrifts/Chambereds) (with wider paths than the Dös) dating back to 3300 B.C. Also several "Hällkistor" (cist graves) (Which has a more rectangular and less monumental shape) have been found here, they can be traced back to earlier stone age (Senneolitikum)) 2400–1500 B.C and are believed to be built or inspired by travelers from England or other countries where this kind of grave building was used. Falköping is the only town in Europe with this amount of megalithic graves as visible contribution to the town image. They can be found in parks, crossings, and even in the backyards of homes.
Early industry in Falköping was the Victoria Brewery (sv. Victoriabryggeriet) (1856–1953), Haglunds Roller blinds factory (sv. Haglunds rullgardinsfabrik) (1885-) and Forss hat factory (sv. Forss hattfabrik) (1880–). In the early 20th-century (1900–) several companies were established, such as: Alton gold forgery (1928), Falköping dairy factory (sv. Falköpings Mejeri) (1930–), workshop industry Arkivator (sv. verkstadsindustrin Arkivator) (1940–) and the sewing factories Svaréns and Ottossons.
Falköpings Mejeri (Falköping dairy factory) is a co-operative dairy company which supplies milk to grocery stores in western Sweden.
The Falbygdens Ost cheese factory supplies cheese to stores throughout Sweden.
A "Dry Port" (sv. Torrhamn) has recently been built in connection to the railroad, enabling companies in the surrounding area to handle cargo in a more efficient way.
The town is located where the Western Main Line (Swedish: Västra stambanan) between Stockholm and Gothenburg meets the railline from Nässjö via Jönköping to Falköping. As it takes less than a one-hour train journey to reach both Gothenburg and Jönköping respectively, Falköping makes a good location for commuting.
Sports and wellbeing
There is also an 8 km long pathway around the core of the town called "Hälsoslingan" (path of health). It is widely used for running and taking walks together with friends and family.
Local sports clubs include:
The folk tale of The Riders of Ålleberg
There is a folk tale that says that whenever the town of Falköping is in danger, the mountain-side of Ålleberg shall fall and reveal a troop of knight-like figures who shall ride out and vanquish the threat. They are known as "Ållebergs Ryttare" (The Riders of Ålleberg).
- "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.
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