Karlskrona

World English Dictionary
Karlskrona (ˈkɑɪlsˌkrəʊnə)
 
n
a port in S Sweden: Sweden's main naval base since 1680. Pop: 61 097 (2004 est)

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia

karlskrona

town and port, capital of the lan (county) of Blekinge, southern Sweden, on the Baltic coast. Founded by Charles XI in 1680 as a Baltic base, it has been Sweden's chief naval base ever since. Karlskrona was carefully planned as a city that would reflect Sweden's grandeur, and it remains an outstanding example of town planning in the Renaissance style. Among the notable buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries is the Admiralty Church (1685), the town's oldest building and the largest wooden church in Sweden. Karlskrona grew rapidly, and in the mid-18th century it became Sweden's second largest city. Following a fire in 1790, it experienced economic stagnation and never regained its previous prominence. The fishing harbour is among the largest in Sweden. Other industries include shipbuilding and telecommunications. Blekinge Institute of Technology has a campus in Karlskrona. Pop. (2005 est.) mun., 61,383.

Learn more about Karlskrona with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;