|• Total||1,818.24 km2 (702.03 sq mi)|
|• Land||1,246.25 km2 (481.18 sq mi)|
|• Water||571.99 km2 (220.85 sq mi)|
|Area as of January 1, 2014.|
|Population (March 31, 2016)|
|• Density||45/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||SE|
The present municipality was created in three steps during the last nationwide local government reform, and it has the largest area of the municipalities of Skåne County. In 1967 a number of rural municipalities were merged into the City of Kristianstad. In 1971 more former units were added and the city became a unitary municipality. Finally in 1974, the last amalgamations took place, and the municipality reached its present size. The number of original entities (as of 1863) is 35.
Its size of 1,818.24 square kilometres (702.03 sq mi) makes it the largest municipality in Skåne County by area.
In the table the urban areas are listed according to the size of the population as of December 31, 2010. The municipal seat is in bold characters.
Twin towns — Sister cities
The municipality is twinned with:
- Espoo, Finland
- Kongsberg, Norway
- Koszalin, Poland
- Køge Municipality, Denmark
- Rendsburg, Germany
- Šiauliai, Lithuania
- Skagafjörður, Iceland
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- "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 31 mars 2016" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. May 12, 2016. Retrieved May 14, 2016.
- Statistics Sweden