Helsingborg is a city
Urban areas in Sweden
Urban area is a common English translation of the Swedish term tätort. The official term in English, used by Statistics Sweden, is, however, locality. There are 1,940 localities in Sweden . They could be compared with census-designated places in the United States.A tätort in Sweden has a minimum of...

 and the seat of Helsingborg Municipality
Helsingborg Municipality
Helsingborg Municipality is a municipality in Skåne County in Sweden. Its seat is located in the city of Helsingborg, which is Sweden's eighth largest city...

, Skåne County
Skåne County
Skåne County is the southernmost administrative county or län, of Sweden, basically corresponding to the historical province Scania. It borders the counties of Halland, Kronoberg and Blekinge. The seat of residence for the Skåne Governor is the town of Malmö...

, Sweden
Sweden , officially the Kingdom of Sweden , is a Nordic country on the Scandinavian Peninsula in Northern Europe. Sweden borders with Norway and Finland and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund....

 with 97,122 inhabitants in 2010. Helsingborg is the centre of an area in the Øresund region of about 320,000 inhabitants in north-west Scania
Scania is the southernmost of the 25 traditional non-administrative provinces of Sweden, constituting a peninsula on the southern tip of the Scandinavian peninsula, and some adjacent islands. The modern administrative subdivision Skåne County is almost, but not totally, congruent with the...

, and is Sweden's closest point to Denmark
Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The countries of Denmark and Greenland, as well as the Faroe Islands, constitute the Kingdom of Denmark . It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark...

, with the Danish city Helsingør clearly visible on the other side of the Øresund about 4 km to the west.

Historic Helsingborg, with its many old buildings, is a scenic coastal city. The buildings are a blend of old-style stone-built churches and a medieval fortress (Kärnan
Kärnan is a medieval tower in Helsingborg, Scania, in southern Sweden. It is the only part remaining of a larger Danish fortress which, along with the fortress Kronborg on the opposite of Oresund, controlled the entranceway to the Baltic Sea.-History:...

) in the city centre, which has stood guard in Helsingborg for over 600 years, and more modern commercial buildings. The streets vary from wide avenues to small alley-ways. Kullagatan, the main pedestrian shopping street in the city, was the first pedestrian shopping street in Sweden.


Helsingborg is one of the oldest cities of Sweden. It has been the site of permanent settlement officially since 21 May 1085. Helsingborg's geographical position at the narrowest part of The Sound made it very important for Denmark
Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The countries of Denmark and Greenland, as well as the Faroe Islands, constitute the Kingdom of Denmark . It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark...

, at that time controlling both sides of that strait. From 1429 the Danes introduced the Sound Duty
Sound Dues
The Sound Dues were a toll on the use of the Sound which constituted up to two thirds of Denmark's state income in the 16th and 17th centuries...

 (Sound Dues), a levy
To tax is to impose a financial charge or other levy upon a taxpayer by a state or the functional equivalent of a state such that failure to pay is punishable by law. Taxes are also imposed by many subnational entities...

 on all trading vessels passing through the sound between Elsinore and Helsingborg. This was one of the main incomes for the Danish Crown.

Following the Dano-Swedish War (1657-1658)
Dano-Swedish War (1657-1658)
The Dano-Swedish War of 1657–58 was a war between Sweden and Denmark. In 1657 Charles X of Sweden and his Swedish army was bogged down in Poland. Frederick III saw this as an opportunity to recover the territories lost in 1645 and attacked Sweden...

 and the Treaty of Roskilde
Treaty of Roskilde
The Treaty of Roskilde was concluded on 26 February or 8 March 1658 during the Second Northern War between Frederick III of Denmark–Norway and Charles X Gustav of Sweden in the Danish city of Roskilde...

 Denmark had to give up all territory on the southern Scandinavian peninsula
Scandinavian Peninsula
The Scandinavian Peninsula is a peninsula in Northern Europe, which today covers Norway, Sweden, and most of northern Finland. Prior to the 17th and 18th centuries, large parts of the southern peninsula—including the core region of Scania from which the peninsula takes its name—were part of...

, and Helsingborg became a Swedish city. King Charles X Gustav of Sweden
Charles X Gustav of Sweden
Charles X Gustav also Carl Gustav, was King of Sweden from 1654 until his death. He was the son of John Casimir, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken-Kleeburg and Catherine of Sweden. After his father's death he also succeeded him as Pfalzgraf. He was married to Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp, who...

 landed here on the 5th of March 1658 to take possession of the Scanian lands and was met by a delegation led by the bishop
A bishop is an ordained or consecrated member of the Christian clergy who is generally entrusted with a position of authority and oversight. Within the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox Churches, in the Assyrian Church of the East, in the Independent Catholic Churches, and in the...

 of the Diocese of Lund
Diocese of Lund
-External links:* from Nordisk Familjebok, in Swedish...

, Peder Winstrup
Peder Winstrup
Peder Winstrup was Bishop of Lund in Scania during a period spanning both Danish and Swedish sovereignty of the region....

. At that time the town had a population of barely 1,000 people.

The new situation, being a border town, caused problems for the city. The days of conflict were not over. The Danes made many attempts to regain the lost provinces. The last time was in 1710, when 14,000 invaders landed on the shores near Helsingborg. The Battle of Helsingborg
Battle of Helsingborg (1710)
The Battle of Helsingborg was Denmark's failed and final attempt to regain the Scanian lands, lost to Sweden in 1658.On the Ringstorp heights northwest of Helsingborg, 14,000 Danish invaders under Jørgen Rantzau were decisively defeated by an equally large Swedish army under Magnus...

 was fought on the 28th of February just outside the city, which was badly affected. It took long time to recover and in 1770 the city had 1321 inhabitants and was just slowly growing.

On the 20th of October 1810 Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte
Charles XIV John of Sweden
Charles XIV & III John, also Carl John, Swedish and Norwegian: Karl Johan was King of Sweden and King of Norway from 1818 until his death...

, Marshal of France
Marshal of France
The Marshal of France is a military distinction in contemporary France, not a military rank. It is granted to generals for exceptional achievements...

 and crown prince-elect
An -elect is a political candidate who has been elected to an office but who has not yet been sworn in or officially taken office. These may include an incoming president, senator, representative, governor and mayor.Analogously, the term "designate" An -elect is a political candidate who has been...

 of Sweden (later king Charles XIV John) took his first step on Swedish soil in Helsingborg on his journey from Paris
Paris is the capital and largest city in France, situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region...

 to Stockholm
Stockholm is the capital and the largest city of Sweden and constitutes the most populated urban area in Scandinavia. Stockholm is the most populous city in Sweden, with a population of 851,155 in the municipality , 1.37 million in the urban area , and around 2.1 million in the metropolitan area...


From the middle of the 19th century onwards, however, Helsingborg was one of the fastest growing cities of Sweden, increasing its population from 4 000 in 1850 to 20 000 in 1890 and 56 000 in 1930 due to industrialization. From 1892 a train ferry
Train ferry
A train ferry is a ship designed to carry railway vehicles. Typically, one level of the ship is fitted with railway tracks, and the vessel has a door at the front and/or rear to give access to the wharves. In the United States, train ferries are sometimes referred to as "car ferries", as...

 was put in service, connecting Helsingborg with its Danish sister city Helsingør. A tramway network was inaugurated in 1903 and closed down in 1967. Plans are underway to reintroduce trams in the city.


Helsingborg is a major regional centre of trade, transport and business. In 2001 Campus Helsingborg, a branch of University of Lund, opened in the former Tretorn rubber factory buildings, originally founded by Henry Dunker.
Three ferry companies take people and cargo to and from Denmark around the clock. The route is popular with day-trippers going to Elsinore
Helsingør is a city and the municipal seat of Helsingør municipality on the northeast coast of the island of Zealand in eastern Denmark. Helsingør has a population of 46,279 including the southern suburbs of Snekkersten and Espergærde...

 or Copenhagen
Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark, with an urban population of 1,199,224 and a metropolitan population of 1,930,260 . With the completion of the transnational Øresund Bridge in 2000, Copenhagen has become the centre of the increasingly integrating Øresund Region...

, or simply enjoying the views from the ferries.
IKEA is a privately held, international home products company that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture such as beds and desks, appliances and home accessories. The company is the world's largest furniture retailer...

, the retailer of furniture and home interiors, has its international corporate headquarters in Helsingborg.
Nicorette is the brand name of a pharmaceutical preparation that contains nicotine for the treatment of tobacco dependence. Nicorette was the first medicinal preparation to facilitate smoking cessation....

 the nicotine chewing gum, has a manufacturing plant there. Ramlösa
Ramlösa is a brand of carbonated mineral water from a source in Ramlösa Brunnspark in the southern part of Helsingborg, Sweden. Ramlösa goes back to the year 1707 when a health spa around the source was founded by Johan Jacob Döbelius....

 is a mineral water from Ramlösa Brunn, a southern suburb of the city. Mobile phone developer Spectronic
Spectronic is a research and development company in Helsingborg, Sweden. The company have previously developed and manufactured a series of advanced mobile telephones, but is today specialized towards user interface development for third-party smartphones and software for medical image analysis...

 is also situated in Helsingborg.


The following sports clubs are located in Helsingborg:
  • Helsingborgs IF
    Helsingborgs IF
    Helsingborgs IF , commonly referred to as Helsingborg and locally HIF, is a Swedish football club located in Helsingborg. They are currently playing in the highest Swedish league, Allsvenskan...

  • Hittarps IK
    Hittarps IK
    Hittarps IK is a Swedish football club located in Helsingborg. -Background:Hittarps IK currently plays in Division 4 Skåne Nordvästra which is the sixth tier of Swedish football. They play their home matches at the Laröds IP in Helsingborg....

  • Högaborgs BK
    Högaborgs BK
    Högaborgs BK is a Swedish football club from Helsingborg that was founded in 1927. They currently play in the Swedish fourth division . The club is best known for breeding young talented players...

  • Ramlösa Södra FF
    Ramlösa Södra FF
    Ramlösa Södra FF is a Swedish football club located in Helsingborg.-Background:The club was founded on 24 November 2007 following the merger of the Helsingborgs Södra BIS and Ramlösa BoIS clubs. Before the merger Helsingborg Södra played football in Division 2 Södra Götaland and Ramlösa BoIS in...

Notable natives

  • Fabian Brunnstrom
    Fabian Brunnström
    Fabian Brunnström is a Swedish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League.-Playing career:...

    , ice hockey player
  • Hasse Alfredson, comedian
  • Marianne Bernadotte, former fashion model and actress
  • Kalle Brink
    Kalle Brink
    Kalle Henrik Brink is a Swedish professional golfer who currently plays on the Challenge Tour.Brink was born in Helsingborg, Sweden. He turned professional in 1994...

    , professional golfer
  • Covenant
    Covenant (band)
    Covenant is a band from Sweden whose music comprises a mixture between electropop and electronic dance music. The band is composed of Eskil Simonsson, Daniel Myer and Joakim Montelius...

    , synth band
  • Darkane
    Darkane is a melodic death / progressive thrash metal band that originated in Helsingborg, Sweden in 1998. Their music contains ample thrash elements interspersed with acoustic interludes and symphonic features, such as the in studio use of synthesizers and occasionally full orchestras and choir...

    , metal band
  • Dieterich Buxtehude
    Dieterich Buxtehude
    Dieterich Buxtehude was a German-Danish organist and composer of the Baroque period. His organ works represent a central part of the standard organ repertoire and are frequently performed at recitals and in church services...

    , composer and organist
  • Elegant Machinery
    Elegant Machinery
    Elegant Machinery is a Swedish synthpop band. Borrowing heavily from the likes of Depeche Mode, they are one of few recent bands dedicated to making traditional synthpop music...

    , synth band
  • Pontus Farnerud
    Pontus Farnerud
    Hans Pontus Farnerud is a Swedish footballer who plays for Stabæk Fotball in Norway, as a midfielder.His younger brother, Alexander, is also a Swedish international, and a midfielder.-Club career:...

    , football player
  • Louise Friberg
    Louise Friberg
    Louise Friberg may refer to:*Louise Edlind Friberg , Swedish actress and politician*Louise Friberg , Swedish golfer...

    , professional golfer
  • Karl Ragnar Gierow, writer and member of the Swedish Academy
    Swedish Academy
    The Swedish Academy , founded in 1786 by King Gustav III, is one of the Royal Academies of Sweden.-History:The Swedish Academy was founded in 1786 by King Gustav III. Modelled after the Académie française, it has 18 members. The motto of the Academy is "Talent and Taste"...

  • Maja Ivarsson
    Maja Ivarsson
    Maja Ivarsson, is a Swedish singer and lead vocalist of the Swedish New Wave band The Sounds.-Career:The Sounds were formed in 1998 in Helsingborg, by childhood friends guitarist and vocalist Felix Rodriguez and bassist Johan Bengtsson, who later invited drummer Fredrik Nilsson on board...

    , lead singer of The Sounds
    The Sounds
    The Sounds are a Swedish Indie Rock band. Formed in Helsingborg in 1999, the group's musical style has been compared to New Wave acts such as Blondie, The Cars, the Epoxies and Missing Persons....

  • Joseph B. Johnson
    Joseph B. Johnson
    Joseph Blaine Johnson was an American politician who served as the 70th Governor of the state of Vermont....

    , Governor
    Governor of Vermont
    The Governor of Vermont is the governor of the U.S. state of Vermont. The governor is elected in even numbered years by direct voting for a term of two years; Vermont and bordering New Hampshire are the only states to hold gubernatorial elections every two years, instead of every four...

     of the U.S. State of Vermont
    Vermont is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. The state ranks 43rd in land area, , and 45th in total area. Its population according to the 2010 census, 630,337, is the second smallest in the country, larger only than Wyoming. It is the only New England...

  • Karl Kruszelnicki
    Karl Kruszelnicki
    Karl Kruszelnicki AM is a scientist, who is best known as an author and science commentator on Australian radio and television. He is often referred to as Dr Karl....

    , scientist (Dr Karl)
  • Henrik Larsson
    Henrik Larsson
    Henrik Edward Larsson MBE is a retired Swedish footballer and current manager of Landskrona BoIS.Larsson began his career with Högaborgs BK. He moved to Helsingborg, where he was one of the key players when they qualified to Allsvenskan 1993. Larsson then moved to Feyenoord for four years before...

    , football player
  • Johan Liiva
    Johan Liiva
    Johan Patrik Mattias Liiva is a Swedish extreme metal vocalist, most widely recognized as the founding vocalist of popular melodic death metal band Arch Enemy, as well as a former member of Carnage, Furbowl, and NonExist...

    , musician
  • Andreas Lilja
    Andreas Lilja
    Andreas Lilja is a Swedish professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League .-Professional hockey:...

    , ice hockey player
  • Mikael Lundberg
    Mikael Lundberg
    Mikael Lundberg is a Swedish professional golfer who currently plays on the European Tour.Lundberg was born in Helsingborg, Sweden. He represented Sweden in the 1994 Eisenhower Trophy and turned professional in 1995...

    , golfer
  • Mats Magnusson
    Mats Magnusson
    Mats Ture Magnusson is a retired Swedish footballer who played as a striker.-Football career:During his career, Magnusson played for Malmö FF , Servette FC, Sport Lisboa e Benfica and Helsingborgs IF .At the Lisbon club, where...

    , football player
  • Roland Nilsson
    Roland Nilsson
    Roland Nilsson is a Swedish football manager and the current manager of FC Copenhagen. As a player, Nilsson played 116 games for Sweden, making him second only to Thomas Ravelli in international appearances for Sweden...

    , football player
  • Tina Nordström
    Tina Nordström
    Tina Nordström is a Swedish celebrity chef, television personality, and pitch lady from Helsingborg, Sweden....

    , chef
  • Anette Olzon
    Anette Olzon
    Anette Ingegerd Olsson , known by the stage name Anette Olzon, is a Swedish singer from Helsingborg, best known as the second lead vocalist of Finnish symphonic power metal band Nightwish. Olzon was formerly the vocalist in the Swedish AOR band Alyson Avenue...

    , rock singer
  • Peps Persson
    Peps Persson
    Peps Persson is a Swedish blues and reggae musician from Tjörnarp, Scania. Throughout his career he has mostly made music in Swedish and is well known for his Scanian dialect...

    , musician
  • Ruben Rausing
    Ruben Rausing
    Ruben Rausing was the founder of the liquid food packaging company Tetra Pak. He was born in Helsingborg, Sweden in 1895. On his death Ruben Rausing was Sweden's richest person.-Early life:...

    , founder of Tetra Pak
    Tetra Pak
    Tetra Pak is a multinational food processing and packaging company of Swedish origin. It was founded in 1951 in Lund, Sweden, by Ruben Rausing. It was Erik Wallenberg who invented the tetrahedral package, today known as Tetra Classic...

  • Eric Saade
    Eric Saade
    Eric Saade born 29 October 1990) is a Swedish pop singer and children's television presenter. After two years with the boyband What's Up!, he left in February 2009 to pursue a solo career. Eric Saade represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Germany after winning the national...

    , musician, presenter
  • Marcus Schossow
    Marcus Schössow
    Marcus Schössow born 1985 is a Swedish DJ and electronic music producer living in Helsingborg, Sweden.- History :A DJ and Producer, Marcus Schössow rose to fame after the release of the Tiesto mix compilation In Search of Sunrise 6, in which his track "Chase My Rabbit" was featured. He also...

    , Electronic DJ
  • Caroline Seger
    Caroline Seger
    Sara Caroline Seger , is a Swedish football player from Helsingborg. She plays for the Swedish Women's National Team. From 2005 to 2009, she played for Linköpings FC. In 2011, she signed with LdB FC Malmö from 2011 onwards. She also signed a 2-year contract with Tyresö FF for the 2012 season...

    , football player
  • Jay Smith
    Jay Smith (singer)
    Jay Jon Christopher Smith is a Swedish singer and guitarist with English ancestry. He won the Swedish Idol 2010 title, beating Minnah Karlsson in the December 10, 2010 final in the Ericsson Globe theater...

    , singer
  • Kalle Svensson
    Kalle Svensson
    Karl-Oskar Svensson, nicknamed Rio-Kalle, , was a famous Swedish football goalkeeper from Helsingborg. He played on elite level for Helsingborgs IF during his whole career, debuting in Allsvenskan only 18 years old on 4 June 1944, conceding two goals...

    , football player
  • Östen Warnerbring
    Östen Warnerbring
    Östen Warnerbring was a Swedish singer, musician, composer and lyrics writer who mastered several musical genres. He started out as a jazz musician but over the years, he had huge successes both in the area of popular music and as a singer of Swedish poetry, put into music by himself...

    , musician
  • The Wasted Penguinz
    Wasted Penguinz
    The Wasted Penguinz are a Hardstyle duo from Helsingborg, Sweden, consisting of Pontus Bergman & Jon Brandt-Cederhäll. They began producing together in 2006, after meeting each other on a message board and originally being rivals....

    , Pontus Bergman & Jon Brandt-Cederhäll
  • Johan Wissman
    Johan Wissman
    Johan Lukas Wissman is a Swedish athlete from Helsingborg, specializing in the 200 and 400 m. He is the current national record holder in both of these events....

    , athlete
  • Soilwork
    Soilwork is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Helsingborg. They are currently signed to Nuclear Blast. Formed in late 1995 by Björn Strid and Peter Wichers, originally under the name Inferior Breed, the band changed their name in late 1996 to Soilwork .Their sound is a fusion of the classic...

    , metal band
  • The Sounds
    The Sounds
    The Sounds are a Swedish Indie Rock band. Formed in Helsingborg in 1999, the group's musical style has been compared to New Wave acts such as Blondie, The Cars, the Epoxies and Missing Persons....

    , rock band
  • Terror 2000
    Terror 2000
    -History:A side project of Soilwork singer Björn "Speed" Strid, the band also includes guitarists Klas Ideberg and Nick Sword , drummer Erik Thyselius, and bassist Dan Svensson...

    , metal band
  • Keith M Konkus, athlete
  • Velvet
    Velvet (singer)
    Jenny Marielle Pettersson , professionally known as Velvet is a Swedish dance-pop singer. She has released two albums since her 2005 debut in the music industry and her first eight singles have all achieved a top twenty peak on the Swedish Singles Chart.-Early life:Velvet moved from Helsingborg to...

    , singer
  • Von Benzo, rock band
  • Thomas Öberg
    Thomas Öberg
    Thomas Öberg is a Swedish musical personality best known as the singer in the acclaimed group bob hund. He was named, in 2000, as the country's best singer...

    , lead singer of bob hund
    Bob hund
    bob hund is a seven-piece indie rock band from Sweden. Their music, hard to classify, has been described as "what you might expect if you managed to merge Pere Ubu and Pixies with a touch of Kraftwerk"....


The City of Helsingborg is subdivided into 32 districts.
The districts of Helsingborg (Classification and census from 9 January 2006)
1 Norr (3600) 12 Centrum (3347) 22 Närlunda (1125)
2 Mariastaden (2302) 13 Eneborg (3816) 23 Eskilsminne (1835)
3 Ringstorp (2802) 14 Wilson Park (1988) 24 Gustavslund (2772)
4 Berga (1720) 15 Rosengården (4388) 25 Planteringen (2663)
5 Drottninghög (2708) 16 Husensjö (1564) 26 Elineberg (2115)
6 Dalhem (4530) 17 Sofieberg (1606) 27 Ramlösa (4593)
7* Tågaborg (7113) 18 Adolfsberg (4319) 28 Miatorp (2406)
8 Stattena (2549) 19 Söder (3665) 29 Högasten (1034)
9 Fredriksdal (4202) 20 Högaborg
Högaborg is a district of the Swedish city of Helsingborg situated south of the town center and east of Söder. It is inhabited by about 4,000 people, more than half of them immigrants. It is the home of the soccer club Högaborgs BK, where soccer player Henke Larsson played during his...

30 Ättekulla (3274)
10 Slottshöjden (3621) 21 Fältabacken (930) 31 Råå
-RAA:* Research on Armenian Architecture* Ralph Appelbaum Associates* Recreation and Amusement Association, a system of brothels set up by the Japanese government for US occupation forces* Recreational Aircraft Association* Recreational Aviation Australia...

11 Olympia (1843)

See also

  • Helsingborgs Dagblad
    Helsingborgs Dagblad
    Helsingborgs Dagblad is the largest local newspaper in Swedish, published in Helsingborg in Skåne. It was founded in 1847. In 1892 it became one of the first daily papers in Sweden....

  • European route E4
    European route E4
    European route E 4 passes from north to south through Sweden from the border with Finland, total length . The Finnish part lies entirely within Tornio in northern Finland, and is actually only long...

  • Sofiero
    Sofiero Castle or just Sofiero in Helsingborg Municipality, Scania, was one of the Swedish royal family's country mansions, located north of Helsingborg. It was originally a Scanian farm called Skabelycke, bought in 1864 by Crown Prince Oscar of Sweden and his wife Sophia of Nassau. The first...

    , a nearby castle
  • Helsingør

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