The northern end of Halland
Kungsbacka Kommun is the northernmost and smallest municipality in the province of Hallands Län on the west coast of Sweden. Situated on the rocky coast of Kattegat, the municipality borders the province of Västra Götalands Län on its eastern and northern sides and is already part of the catchment area of the Gothenburg metropolitan region.
Scenically, Kungsbacka Kommun continues the picture that begins in the northern part of the neighbouring southern municipality Varbergs Kommun. The number of skerries off the coast continues to increase significantly in a northerly direction and the coastline is predominantly rocky with the rounded rocks typical of the west coast.
There are about 20 bathing places along the coast – some of them on the smooth-surfaced cliffs, but a not insignificant part also in the form of sandy beaches, which are concentrated mainly on a stretch of coast south of the Kungsbackafjord. Inland, the landscape consists of an alternation of agricultural plains and forested rocky hills and ridges that rise to an altitude of about 150 metres in an easterly direction.
Destinations & sights in Kungsbacka Kommun
Nestled between hills are around 130 lakes in the municipality's hinterland. Among them is Lygnern, which covers more than 30 square kilometres and is not only the largest lake within the municipality, but also the largest lake in the entire province of Halland. While the lakes offer the opportunity to use nature for activities such as swimming, paddling or fishing, the 19 nature reserves in the region invite you to take more or less long walks through different ecosystems. The size of the nature reserves varies considerably, ranging from the almost 1,800-hectare Sandsjöbacka Naturreservat down to the nature reserve Oxhagen, which is only just over five hectares in size.
The river Kungsbackaån meanders through the small town of Kungsbacka, the central town and namesake of the municipality, and flows south of the town into the large Kungsbackafjord. On a peninsula on the eastern shore of the fjord you will find Tjolöholms Slott, Sweden's only castle built in the English Tudor style, which attracts around 200,000 visitors a year.
A little more tranquil but not less interesting is a visit to the cultural reserve Äskhults By. The old farming hamlet, consisting of four farms and numerous outbuildings, where everything still looks and runs as if time had stood still at the beginning of the 19th century, is classified as a cultural-historical object of national importance.
Kungsbacka Kommun in figures
With a land area of around 606 square kilometres, the municipality of Kungsbacka is the smallest municipality in Halland, but with almost 85,000 inhabitants it ranks second in the province's population statistics after the municipality of Halmstad. The population density is correspondingly high by Swedish standards, at around 140 inhabitants per square kilometre.
More than half of the inhabitants live in the three largest towns in the municipality. The main town of Kungsbacka has about 24,000 inhabitants, followed by Onsala with about 12,500 and Billdal with about 10,500 residents. The remaining population of Kungsbacka Kommun are spread over 14 other smaller towns and villages.