Did You Know That… | Kalmar

Did You Know That…

  • ...the creator of Father Christmas, Jenny Nyström, was born in Kalmar in 1854.
  • ...Erik XIV had a secret escape route via the royal privy at Kalmar Castle.
  • ...potato dumplings and Kalmar flounder are two well-known dishes from here.
  • ...Gustav III had a royal distillery at Kalmar Castle.
  • ...Kalmar’s city arms are the Nordic region’s oldest.
  • ...in Kalmar there are two extremely rare handkerchief trees, that bloom in spring like fluttering white handkerchiefs.
  • ...Kalmar has twice been awarded Europe’s finest architectural prize, Europa Nostra.
  • ...you see only about one-third of the Öland Bridge. The remaining two-thirds was erected under the surface of the water.
  • ...the Old Water Tower has been converted to attractive flats, which are somewhat difficult to furnish with their curved walls.
  • ...”Kalmar” is an old Swedish word that means stony ground or stone embankment.