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Varberg coat of arms
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Location of Halland in Sweden
State : Sweden
Province  (län): Hallands Lan
Historical Province (landskap): Halland
Municipality  : Varberg
Coordinates : 57 ° 6 ′  N , 12 ° 15 ′  E Coordinates: 57 ° 6 ′  N , 12 ° 15 ′  E
SCB code : 4156
Status: Crime scene
Residents : 34,248 (December 31, 2015)
Area : 23.38 km²
Population density : 1465 inhabitants / km²
List of perpetrators in Halland County

Varberg (old spelling: Warberg ) is a town in the Swedish province of Halland County and the Halland region . Varberg, located on the Kattegat , is the main town in the Varberg municipality .


There are several theories about the origin of the name Varberg. Varberg ("Wehrberg") is said to have originated in the 14th century as a tribute to the city fortifications. Reference is also made to vaktberg and vårdkaseberg , which means “signal fire on the damp mountain”. Originally the settlement was called Getakär and was first mentioned as such in 1343.

More than 34,000 inhabitants live in the city of Varberg (as of 2015). The place is not overly influenced by tourism, although the attractive location of the city with beautiful sandy beaches and numerous sights, such as B. the fortress and the medicinal spring Svartekällan, attract many tourists every year.

The Varbergs Fästning is in Varberg . The fortress was built in the 13th century. From the middle of the 17th century the fortress served as a prison. In 1931 the last prisoner was released. The core is a castle built in the 13th century. Today the Hallands Kulturhistoriska Museum is located in the castle with a bog body from the 14th century ( Bockstensmann ).

The burial ground on the Högaberg is 10 km east of the city .


Varberg is connected to Gothenburg and Lund by the Västkustbanan railway line, by the Viskadalsbanan to Borås and by the Öresund train to Copenhagen and Gothenburg.

There is a flight connection from Varberg to Anholt and a ferry connection to Grenaa in Denmark.


The Charnockit from Varberg

There is a deposit of charnockite near Varberg . This deposit had been in mining since the 19th century. Because of its attractive appearance, the dark green rock was used in tomb construction.



Individual evidence

  1. a b Statistiska centralbyrån : Land area per Tatort, folkmängd and invånare per square kilometer. Vart femte år 1960 - 2015 (database query)
  2. Herman Hedström: Om Sveriges naturliga byggnads- och ornamentstenar . Stockholm (PA Norstedt & Sönner) 1908, p. 14

Web links

Commons : Varberg  - collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Varberg  - travel guide