Swedish Karate Open

COUNTRY, CITY AND COMPETITION

Sweden

Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe. The capital and largest city is Stockholm. Sweden has a total population of 10.4 million.
Sweden is a 
constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy, with legislative power vested in the 349-member unicameral Riksdag.

Sweden joined the European Union on 1 January 1995, but has rejected NATO membership, as well as Eurozone membership following a referendum. It is also a member of the United Nations, the Nordic Council, the Council of Europe, the World Trade Organization and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Sweden does not currently use the euro as its currency and has no plans to replace the existing Swedish krona in the near future.


Swedish cuisine, like that of the other Nordic countries (DenmarkNorway and Finland), was traditionally simple. Fish (particularly herring), meat, potatoes and dairy products played prominent roles. Spices were sparse. Preparations include Swedish meatballs, traditionally served with gravy, boiled potatoes and lingonberry jampancakespyttipanna, a spiced fried hash of meat and potatoes originally meant to use up any left-overs of meat; lutfisk; and the smörgåsbord, or lavish buffet. Akvavit is a popular alcoholic distilled beverage, and the drinking of snaps is of cultural importance. The traditional flat and dry crisp bread has developed into several contemporary variants.


Regionally important foods are the surströmming (a fermented fish) in northern Sweden and eel in southern Sweden.

Swedish traditional dishes, some of which are many hundreds of years old, are still an important part of Swedish everyday meals, in spite of the fact that modern-day Swedish cuisine adopts many international dishes.

Sweden is the sixteenth-richest country in the world in terms of GDP (gross domestic product) per capita and a high standard of living is experienced by its citizens. Sweden is an export-oriented mixed economy.



The city of Kristianstad

The city was founded in 1614 by King Christian IV of Denmark, the city's name literally means 'Town of Christian', as a planned city after the burning of the nearby town of  and moving the city rights of the neighbouring town of Sölvesborg and Åhus to the new town.


Until 1996, Kristianstad was a city of residence in 
Kristianstad County, but in 1997 merged with Skåne County. Since the county councils were also merged into Region Skåne, the city became the seat of its regional council from 1999. The County Administrative Court in Skåne County was also located in Kristianstad until 2008.


Kristianstad has a oceanic climate. Summers are warm and comparatively long by Swedish standards. Average temperature in april is 12-15 o C.

Absolut Vodka, owned by Pernod Ricard, is produced by the town of Åhus located within the municipality.
Kristianstad is the fouth largest town in Skåne with total population 41 300 (2019) and the Communitys population is 85 940 (2020).

Swedish Karate Open

The tournament is held at Kristianstad Arena, which was built and opened to the public in october 2010. The indoor arena has the capacity to host 5 200 spectators.



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