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Klarälven sets the tone of both the style and atmosphere as does the people's reputation for warmth, friendliness and hospitality in Karlstad. As the river meanders through the city its banks fill with traditional Swedish and international cuisine restaurants, café's, eateries, nightspots and places of interest. When summer comes to Karlstad, people come to the banks and the shores of Lake Vänern to enjoy the almost constant daylight that comes with the Swedish summer.
Karlstad is the largest city in the province of Värmland. This naturally makes it a magnet for everyone who is looking for good shopping, entertainment, culture and major events.
Turning back the clock, Karlstad’s history stretches down through the ages; to the Viking times at Tingvalla in the heart of the city. Karlstad received its charter in 1584 and it is named after King Karl IX of Sweden ("Karl's town", or "Charles" town). The fine architecture, the museums, typically Swedish country houses, manors, buildings and historical sites in and around the city testify to Karlstad's importance to the region and Sweden through the ages.