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Stortorget (The statue of king Karl X & The Town Hall), Malm

Stortorget is as big as 2 500 square metres. It's often used for big events, such as the annual Malm festival for example. Horse sports and concerts are also arranged here.
But the square's history goes further back in time. Stortorget is Malm's oldest square and was constructed by mayor Jrgen Kock in the 1530's.
Before the square was established there used to be a convent on the place, the Helgeands-convent. Stortorget quickly became the biggest trade-square in the north.

Nowadays you find a statue of king Karl X, the king who made Skne Swedish in 1658, on Stortorget. Stortorget is also surrounded by a number of interesting remarkable buildings such as the City hall, the Residence, the house of Jrgen Kock, Hotel Kramer and the old pharmacy Lejonet ("The Lion"). In the late 16th century, a water reservoir used to supply the buildings close to Stortorgte with water. Today, there is a fountain where the reservoir used to be, as a reminder of passed centuries.

Rdhuset (The Town Hall)

It was originally built in 1546, but has been altered several times. The facade got its today's appearance - in Duch Renaissance style - in 1864-69.

Malm

Malm, in the southernmost province of Scania, is Sweden's third largest city by population after Gothenburg and Stockholm, and is one of the largest cities in Scandinavia.
Malm is the seat of Malm Municipality and the capital of Skne County. The administrative entity for most of the city is Malm Municipality which has 300,515 inhabitants in eight different localities, with 30% being of foreign origin (either born outside of Sweden or having both parents born abroad). Malm is also a bimunicipal locality, as part of it is formally situated in Burlv Municipality. The total population of the urban area was 280,415 in December 2010.
Greater Malm is one of Sweden's three officially recognized Metropolitan areas (storstadsomrden) and since 2005 is defined by the municipality of Malm and 11 other municipalities in the southwestern corner of Scania. On 30 June 2008, its population was recorded to be 628,388. The region covers an area of 2,535.76 square kilometres (979.06 sq mi). The municipalities included, apart from Malm, are Burlv, Eslv, Hr, Kvlinge, Lomma, Lund, Skurup, Staffanstorp, Svedala, Trelleborg and Vellinge. Lund, with a municipal population of over 100,000 and home to one of Scandinavia's major universities, is together with Malm the region's economic and education hub.
Malm was one of the earliest and most industrialized towns of Scandinavia, but it struggled with the adaptation to post-industrialism. Since the construction of the resund bridge, Malm has undergone a major transformation with impressive architectural developments, attracting new biotech and IT companies, and particularly students through Malm University College. The city contains many historic buildings and parks, and is also a commercial centre for the western part of Scania. During the last few years a university college has been established and the city is now trying to focus on education, arts and culture. Malm was ranked #4 in Grist Magazine's "15 Green Cities" list in 2007.
There are movements for considering Malm as part of the Copenhagen metropolitan area or an even larger metropolitan area, which would be called restad in Swedish and restad in Danish, since it would consist of all the towns around the Sound. (Source: malmo & wikipedia)

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  • Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 8900 W: 3 N: 20435] (82620)
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