Our journey around Sweden continues in Norrköping. Located in the province of Östergötland, southwest of Stockholm, it’s just 38 kilometers from yesterday’s city Linköping, and both date back to the Middle Ages. Norrköping is slightly smaller than its neighbor today with a population of just under 90,000.
Köping is related to the modern Swedish word for “to shop”, and name means the town started as a marketplace. Norrköping dates back to the 13th century. Over the years it’s suffered from many fires, including during the Great Northern War in 1719 when the Russians burned it to the ground.
Today most Swedes hear the name Norrköping because that’s where the weather reports from the Sweden's Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) come from.
SMHI has been in Norrköping since 1975.
Besides the weather service, Norrköping is also the home of Sweden’s archive for research into unidentified flying objects.
Around 15 kilometers outside of Norrköping is the Kolmården Wildlife Park, one of the biggest zoos in Sweden, including a safari park and a marine world. But there was controversy over Kolmården and its wolves in 2012, when a zoo keeper was killed in the wolf pen.
One of the biggest music groups to come out of Norrköping is Eldkvarn, founded back in 1971, but still going strong. In 1981 they had a hit with “Kungarna från Broadway”, “The Kings from Broadway”, about a café where members of the band used to hang out in Norrköping.