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Subject: Borgholm Municipality, Birka, Route 136 (Öland, Sweden), Wand, Dark earth
Collection: Populated Places in Kalmar County
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Köpingsvik Church
Köpingsvik is located in Sweden
Country Sweden
Province Öland
County Kalmar County
Municipality Borgholm Municipality
 • Total 1.18 km2 (0.46 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 599
 • Density 507/km2 (1,310/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Köpingsvik is a Öland.

Köpingsvik is known as a Halltorps Estate.

Köping (historically) was an important Viking Age port of what is today's Sweden, covering an area of approximately 25 hectars, almost 4 times larger than the similar site on the island of Björkö near Stockholm. Köping was in operation from the 7th to the 13th century. It was also an important center of early Christianity in Sweden. Remains of an unfinished, massive 12th century church 42 meters long have been excavated as well as the largest collection of the so-called eskilstunakistor, 75 pieces. During the last ten years there have been several small excavations which have confirmed the earlier findings and the importance of the site. Note that these findings are almost unknown to public in Sweden and the ruling view is that little site on Björkö is Sweden's "oldest town".

Köping faded away around 1200, and Kalmar took over as the most important harbour town in south-eastern Sweden.

Köping is claimed by some amateur historians and historians as a possible alternative to Björkö for the location of the old Kurland and at the same distance between them. This theory has not been widely accepted.

Panorama over Köpingsviks beach


  1. ^ a b c 2005 och 2010"2"Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km (in Swedish).  

External links

  • Kö - Facts about Köpingsvik, Öland

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