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Kungsbacka is a locality and the seat of Kungsbacka Municipalitymarker in Halland Countymarker, Swedenmarker, with 17,784 inhabitants in 2005.

It is one of the most affluent parts of Sweden, in part due to its simultaneous proximity to stunning countryside and the large city of Gothenburgmarker.

A small street in Kungsbacka.
The old station building in Kungsbacka.


The first records referring to Kungsbacka as a town date from the 15th century, when it was part of Denmarkmarker. By the time it was recognised as part of Sweden (1658), the river running through the town (pictured), on which some transportation of goods took place had almost overgrown, and despite pleas to restore its function, this did not occur. Some trade still took place from the coast, but the town's significance as a place of naval commerce lessened over the centuries. Today, it is however the home of over 2,000 businesses, and the river is still running through it.

An infamous fire in 1846 did however destroy the town centre, sparing only a little red wooden hut which is still standing today. In late 2006 another major fire affected the town centre, and construction works are currently ongoing to restore the loss of the wooden buildings.

The town remained small until the 1960s. The municipal reform of 1971 made it the seat of the much larger Kungsbacka Municipalitymarker. The town began to grow as a part of Metropolitan Gothenburg. It is the southern terminus of the Gothenburg commuter rail system, situated 28 km from central Gothenburg.

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