Located 170 kilometres southwest of Stockholm, right at the end of the Bråviken Bay and with the Motala Stream running through it, Norrköping was once the second largest city in Sweden and the country’s industrial centre. The city dates back to 1384, and had its’ peaks in the 17th and 19th centuries following the success of the textile, cotton and paper industries, most of which were located in what nowadays is known as The Industrial Landscape, a large area right in the city centre, where the preserved factory buildings today function as everything from concert halls and restaurants to offices, museums and schools.
After having suffered hard from a large number of factory closures throughout the second part of the 20th century, Norrköping has since the late 1990s slowly started to rise again, partly thanks to the establishment of the Linköping University branch Campus Norrköping, attracting approximately 5,500 students. The city’s favourable location right next to the main rail- and motorways connecting southern Sweden with the Stockholm region, making it one of the logistically most important hubs in the country, has also helped the boost.
Among the general Swedish public, the city is mostly known for its’ football club IFK Norrköping, The Kolmården Zoo, and for being one of only three Swedish cities that still use trams for public transportation.