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Rinkaby Church
Rinkaby Church
Rinkaby is located in Sweden
Coordinates: 55°59′N 14°16′E / 55.983°N 14.267°E / 55.983; 14.267Coordinates: 55°59′N 14°16′E / 55.983°N 14.267°E / 55.983; 14.267
Country Sweden
Province Skåne
County Skåne County
Municipality Kristianstad Municipality
 • Total 1.11 km2 (0.43 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 745
 • Density 674/km2 (1,750/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Rinkaby is a locality situated in Kristianstad Municipality, Skåne County, Sweden with 745 inhabitants in 2010.[1] It is close to Lake Hammarsjön and 12 kilometres from Kristianstad. The village has a pre-school and primary school which is housed in a building originating in the 19th century. There is a leisure centre, a football club and some shops.

The area has stone age remains; the name of the village is probably derived from the word “rekkr”, meaning “man” or “warrior”, and "by" denotes a settlement in Old Swedish. The parish church was built in the 13th century and contains medieval murals and an astronomical clock. It is an agricultural community; in the 19th century, the area was famous for growing tobacco, but now specialises in the rearing of Angus cattle.[2]

Outside the village is a military training area called Rinkabyfältet which is often used for major Scouting events. A national jamboree called "Scout 2001" had 26,500 participants; the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in July-August 2011[3] was attended by more than 40,000 Scouts, Leaders and adult volunteers participating, from 143 different countries.[4]