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Norrköping, an old city in Sweden

Updated on March 11, 2015

Norrkoping was declared City in the year 1384.

This is a lens about my city. I was born here and now I live here. Norrköping is located in the county Östergötland to the east in Sweden by the Baltic Sea. Read more about Sweden here: irenemariassweden
1384 King Albrekt af Mecklenburg Announced Norrköping to be called a city. But because of fires in the city Hall, we cannot say for sure how much earlier the city was there....but it was!

Since then, Norrköping has been destroyed several times by enemies. First by the Danes 1657 and later by the Russians 1719. Norrköping has also been destroyed by big fires. One was 1655 and devestating. After 1719 the city was rebuilt, founded the oldest existing newspaper NT and regained the place of being the second city in Sweden until the end of 1800, when Gothenburg had expanded. Today many cities are larger.

Today you can see how the old buildings are together with more modern ones. The street "Drottninggatan" runs through the city from the beautiful Central station where you find accommodation in a Sweden hostel, to the Museum of Art. You can easily go thorough Norrköping on trams.

The photo here is of number 2, passing close to where I live! Welcome!The harbour in Norrköping can recieve deep going ships. It is very well located with railways and logistics to the rest of Sweden. 120 vessels came into the harbour 2005.

Norrköping is this year in the highest league of football (socker) in Sweden. Every time they have a match the trams have little flags with the teams symbol! So finally now - Norrköping won the match!!

Just outside Norrköping is a really nice Zoo. they have so much going on. You can drive by car and watch wild animals, see the Dophins jumping and watch the tigers being fed!! Norrköping also have an airport! Just get here!

Norrköping harbour area - Braviken

Norrkoping Library - Famous

Presentation in English

Norrkoping City Library - the most visited library in the whole of Sweden!

here is the link in English:

Norrkoping Library

Many students are here each day. And the citizens of Norrkoping are not the only ones to come here

Rock carvings from long ago

The Viking era and earlier

Rock carvings from the stone age. If you look carefully you can see how they picture a ship or vessel pulled by horses on the sides. This is the way the vikings moved their ships into the country and through passages when they moved ahead.

There are also carvings of bear paws and of wild boar. Here are also full scale knives and spears to be seen. Many of these rock carvings are available for visitors in Himmelstalund and Fiskeby!

The rock carving sites of Norrköping are concentrated to the area around the river Motala ström (2 x 5 km), which was suitable for settlement during the Bronze Age (c 1800-500 BC), The pictures (more than 7300) are dominated by cup marks (c 4000) and ships, but the visitor also will discover humans, animals, weapons and sun symbols.

A link about the Rock Carvings in Norrköping

More pictures of Rock carvings

KOLMÃRDEN ZOO - Hotels, restaurants and dolphinarium

The safari park that originally opened in 1972 was closed to drive-through visitors in 2010, but was replaced by a low-going cableway in 2011. Inside the Zoo are accommodation in Sweden hotels!

Kolmarden Zoo new Baby girl

Kolmarden Zoo new Baby girl
Kolmarden Zoo new Baby girl

Silver treasure found

Bracelet and coins

An old Silver Treasure is found south of Valdermarsvik. The coins and the bracelet is dated to be from year 1030-1050 CE.

Why the treasure was burried in the ground is often because people wanted to hide it from intruders. Now the coins and lovely bracelet is up in the open again. Mostly because of a fire in a house year 2002. The ground was dug and now the silver is found.

The Swedish coin is one of the first made.

Norrkoping Symphoni Orchestra - Verdi

Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra - Beautiful music for you


Photos of the city

Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra, or SON was founded 1912. Today the Orchestra are world famous and have a new beautiful Concert hall - De Geer hall. See the house with pillars.

The old industrial area

Still in use and loved

The so called "Industrial landscape" was mostly built 1850 - 1917.

But for 400 years, since 1600 the industries was built around the River Motala Ström passing through the city. Here were manufactured Clothes, Weapons, Paper and Ship building. Norrköping was manufacturing 70% of all the clothes in Sweden. 1975 though the last mashine stopped and a silence covered the Industrial area.

Today there are many departements of the state in these buildings. The quite famous Norrköping Symphoni Orchestra has a beautiful Concert hall here- De Geerhallen. Also offices and museums are here in these old buildings.

I work in one of these offices and one evening when I walked home I took that blurry photo with the chandelers. It was so beautiful with these old brick walls and three big lamps between them. Unfortunately I just had my mobile phone for the photo.

The yellow brick building is called "The Iron". From the beginning 1917 it was Textil Industri here and today a museum of Work.

Air planes museum

Old Sweden - Search and you will find

Rock carvings - letters from the past

Shadows of a Northern Past: Rock Carvings in Bohuslan and Ostfold
Shadows of a Northern Past: Rock Carvings in Bohuslan and Ostfold

Rock carvings in Sweden. There are plenty of them, including those in Norrkoping.


Flowers in the city

Every spring and summer

In the Carl Johans Park in Norrköping the Cacti will be the City hall building in Norrkoping. The Cacti group has been planted since the beginning of last century and contains over 25 000 plants in different forms and colours. Since the weather CAN be cold even beginning June, the plants are there when the summer is here for sure.

The total cost for flowers in Norrköping per year is 2,9 million crowns - kronor.

Let me know when you are coming so I can put on the coffee.

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      RajlakshmiHB 4 years ago

      this is a beautiful lens with some amazing photos. I am new here can you please tell me how you added the border in the intro of your lens.

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      JerryLee82 5 years ago

      I love vasteras

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      nifwlseirff 5 years ago

      It looks like such a beautiful city! Thank you for the virtual tour!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing about Norrkoping, Sweden. From here I can see that it is a very beautiful place.

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, nicely done!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Thanks for a awesome virtual tour, this city is beautiful. Nice architecture too!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Honestly, I had never heard of this city until I seen this lens. Nice pictures. Beautiful city

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      macmaki 5 years ago

      Hi, my best friend lives in your "North Shipping Town" In fact he is a doctor there and his partner has an architecture firm there as well. I love your lens and I love Sweden. I even met Governor Ericson about five years ago. I love the entire whole of Vikbolandet as well (specifically Konugsund) to the East of your town.

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Great information ! Excellent lens !

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      what a stunningly beautiful place, would love to visit..just love the photos.

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      Lawrence Hebb 5 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Reminded me of when i lived in Orebro

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      etravelvn 5 years ago

      Great Lens!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thank you for crafting a beautiful and very informative lens about your hometown (city). I'd love to travel there some day. Angel Kissed.

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      SirKrispy23 5 years ago

      awesome lens of an awesome city!

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      It looks like a beautiful city and I'd love to see the ancient Viking ruins. It's always interesting to see remnants of past peoples.

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      KamalaEmbroidery 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens. I've always wanted to visit Sweden. Maybe someday soon...

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have been to Sweden only once and really enjoyed it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These is beautiful indeed, great photos you've shown us readers! ... *blessed* ...

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      Part of my heritage is Swedish. I have been to Sweden but do not remember if we visited Norrköping. It will definitely be on my list to visit when I get back to Sweden. Thanks

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      So beautiful! What a lovely place to live.

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      jimbarnes lm 5 years ago

      1 wish i could it's beautiful

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      skoetten 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens. You really show beautiful Sweden can be :)

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens and gorgeous pictures.

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      Malu Couttolenc 5 years ago

      Ja visst! I'd love to go to Sweden, have been there before but never to Norrkoping, would love to visit next time :)

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      John Norman Stewart 5 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      Hello there: I feel like I've been on a trip. Thanks for the nice lens. :)

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      DiscoverWithAndy 5 years ago

      The pictures are beautiful - it makes me want to visit!

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      vkumar05 5 years ago

      A very inviting Lens. Must visit Sweden now. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      Very,very lovely. I've been to Copenhagen and I know I would love your beautiful, historical city, too. The early Viking information is so interesting, and modern Sweden looks absolutely gorgeous.

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      Tamara14 5 years ago

      Sweden is still on my wish list for some future traveling and I'm so glad to have learned about your home town. I see it's a beautiful place to live at. Congrats on being featured on the front page :)

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      hotbostonprops 5 years ago

      That Library looks amazing!

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      wheresthekarma 5 years ago

      Wow you were born i a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing!

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      GramaBarb 5 years ago from Vancouver

      So happy to see you on the front page! Congratulations!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm delighted to return with angel dust to help celebrate your front page honors for Norrkoping, Sweden! I'm smiling for you!

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      DonD LM 5 years ago

      A great place to stay in and have a vacation with your family. I enjoyed reading your lense

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Wow, beautiful place! If I fly over there, can I stay at your house? Just kidding! Blessed

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      flicker lm 6 years ago

      Looks like a very nice place to live. Thanks for the info and the photos!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Sounds like a fascinating, beautiful place - definitely marked down on my big list of places to visit in my life. :)

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      jseven lm 6 years ago

      What an interesting and beautiful lens about Norrkoping, Sweden. I love the castle!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I had been to Sweden to visit friends but not in this place. What a beautiful city to live in. Enjoy it.

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Very much enjoyed this lens about your hometown Norrkoping - and it looks like a beautiful place you live in. I've never been to Scandinavia but have always been attracted to it. And some people say I look Scandinavian... ;) So, I just might come visit you some day but right now, I'm sending some angel dust your way. Blessed! :)

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      Runnn 6 years ago

      I am planning for a Europe tour by end of the year. Sweden is on top of "must go" list.

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      Lindrus 6 years ago

      Nice job! I like the great photos. I've been to Sweden many times and find the nature so beautiful! Everything is so clean and well-kept.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for the coffee! You sure put your love into this beautiful creation, love it! Oh, sweet, my security word is 'uberlove'. You did Knorrkoping proud here!

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      cbessa 6 years ago

      Seems like a beautiful city. Never been in Sweden, maybe in my next trip to Europe.


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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Thanks for the introduction to Norrkoping! Would love to visit!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Gorgeous City .. thanks for sharing!

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      CHalloran LM 6 years ago

      What a beautiful city. I've learned a lot from your lens. Thank you for posting it.megameow

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      smithlights 6 years ago

      Great job of sharing! Thanks for telling us about your city!

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      Fcuk Hub 6 years ago

      I've just added this city on the list of the places where I want to go. Have nice day :)

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      grandma deal 6 years ago

      This is a beautiful City. You've done a great job of portraying your home.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      While studying in the Linkoping University, I lived in this city for more than three months and got great memories of the city.

      Loved the free bus service between Norkoping and Linkoping by the university. Also Boolen student hostel was awesome!

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      jolou 6 years ago

      It looks beautiful, and sounds like a wonderful place to live. Love all the photos. Well done.

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Makes me want to visit Norrköping - nicely done.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      thank you for stirring my up interest to visit Sweden one day! great lens! cheers

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      lankanwriter 6 years ago

      I have visited Sweden once but mostly I was in Linkoping, it sure is a beautiful country with lots of care taken to protect the environment.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sweden looks very beautiful!

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      fargasch 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, Irenemaria! Norrköping is a beautiful place, I do hope to visit Sweden one day. Not just for the beauty, but all my life I've been hearing it is a model first world country, with high quality of life! I want to visit all of Scandinavia, as I hear only good things about Norway and Denmark as well. If I weren't married I'd do all I could to move there, I swear! (Hubby would never leave the US to go live anywhere else...)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A very interesting lens. Thanks for visiting my lens.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Well-deserved Purple Star - Grattis

      I have been to Norrköping and to the Flyguppvisning, Malmen, Linköping

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Congrats on being features on the Best of Lenses!

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      evitaa 6 years ago

      It is very nice city and after reading your lens I can say - I want to visit your lovely city. Maybe next time when I go back to Europe.

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      photofk3 6 years ago

      Thank you for introducing your hometown.

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      dismantlerepair 6 years ago

      Hey! Great lens about your hometown and I am glad it has been recognised through a purple star! It has inspired me to write a lens about my hometown (though I think I would struggle to fill it!). Just one thing - there is a spelling mistake in the intro (destroid ==> destroyed). Have a great day

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Sweden looks lovely! The closest I've been is Luxembourg. Perhaps someday I'll see it myself.

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      Brookelorren LM 6 years ago

      I've never heard of this city before, but you bring it to life. Angel Blessings to you!

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      reasonablerobby 6 years ago

      what a magical place

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      LauraMarie LM 6 years ago

      Beautiful city!! I have never heard of it before, but now I want to visit

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Love the pictures, presentation and the huge quantity of information. 5* for you.


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      David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      What an amazing looking place. Not on the agenda, right now, but a definite candidate. In 2009, we made our first trip to Scandanavia, visiting Oslo and Bergen. We know we would like to see more of the nearby countries. So, maybe...

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      A fun visit and great photos to show off your home. My great grandfather was an immigrant from Sweden as was my paternal grandmother, she arrived in the United States at the age of 9. I have no clue where in Sweden their families came from.

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      Kimberly Hiller 6 years ago from Chicago

      I wish i would have visited Sweden in the summer. I had to go in winter for business. Great lens and pictures.

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      timthom1 7 years ago

      wow is that a beautiful place to live or visit thanks for your outstanding effort to convey the true beauty of your home town and residence lots to do there

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      ezpostcard 7 years ago

      Looks like a peaceful place to live and visit. Well done Irene and thanks for sharing about your place.

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      Petalm 7 years ago

      Sweden and it's people are great we were there a few months ago!

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 7 years ago

      Looks like a stunning city - many thanks for the introduction to your home town - really interesting :) Maybe I'll get to visit one day...

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      What a beautiful tribute to your city! Most interesting.

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      Your home is so invitingly beautiful, as well as your lens! I would love to visit Sweden one day, and I love coffee ;)

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Lensrolling this beautiful lens to:

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      poutine 7 years ago

      I hope you have at least one cup of coffee left for me....

      I love all those beautiful photos of Norrkoping, especially the harbor one.

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      poutine 7 years ago

      I hope you have at least one cup of coffee left for me....

      I love all those beautiful photos of Norrkoping, especially the harbor one.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Your home looks so beautiful! Thanks for sharing all the photos and information. : )

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      alesxandrea 7 years ago

      awesome... You're so lucky to live in such a beautiful city with rich history. I am now thinking of making a lens about my city. It's not as GREAT as your though. Not even close. ^_^ but i'll make the best out of it.. Great job on this wonderful lens.

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      RebeccaE 7 years ago

      wow this is anawesome lens, full of facts I didn't know.. Sweden sounds very intersting.

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      Sara Duggan 7 years ago from California

      Love Sweden. Ever since I watched Pippi Longstocking as a little girl I have been fascinated by this country. I have a few penpals who live in the country and they introduced me to a little character named Diddl. :) Sweden is a very gorgeous country and you are very blessed to live in such a place - Thank you for sharing.

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      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      Well done lens, it really makes me want to see more of this city.

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      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      well done lens, it really makes me want to see more of this city!

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      SandraRoseDesigns 7 years ago

      What a lovely city! My son and his wife are currently in Sweden for work, and I thoroughly enjoyed viewing your pictures, and learning about so much in your city! thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      @Vincentn: My Father was from Norkoping Sweden....

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      This does look really interesting. The city obviously has a lot to offer and it's beautiful!

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      dc64 lm 8 years ago

      What a beautiful city! The cacti of Carl Johans Park are quite interesting. I didn't know it grew in such quantities in Sweden. Love the rock carvings and runes, so mysterious and ancient. I'd love to join your group on Sweden when I do my castles of Sweden lenses, you have some magnificent ones.

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      Vincentn 8 years ago

      This wonderfully written lens makes me feel like I am already in Norrkoping. 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i was in your city in september ,i seen your town it is very preatty there was a car rally going throught the city it was cool

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      steveffeo lm 8 years ago

      Superb lens, and beautiful country high 5

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      GHouse 9 years ago

      Hi!! Just come to see your nice lens. I did my travel lens too. It's about my hotel in hua hin Thailand. Hua Hin is a charming town of clean white sandy beach. If you come to Thailand, please visit us.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Norrkoping is great :) You have wonderful food (the thai in particular), great pubs (an englishmans home from home),and a relaxed atmosphere (not a single siren did i hear!).

      Yay for Norrkoping!

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Ah, your city is truly inviting -- you have crafted a marvelously informative and engaging lens. Thank you my dear for being so sweet to drop by today. ;)

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      AlisonMeacham 9 years ago

      This looks like such a lovely place to live.

      You have been Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I wished I could pack up and come visit you. This is such a beautiful place. 5*s

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      Joan4 9 years ago

      Wonderful lens! My husband's birth father was Swedish. I understand some of the family still lives in Gavle. Someday perhaps we will come over for a visit! Thank you for creating this lens.

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Wow, 1384! That's pretty amazing to an American. Welcome to All Things Travel. I'm also giving this lens a Squid Angel Blessing!