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Warm welcome awaits Suffolk visitors

PUBLISHED: 19:00 28 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:36 03 March 2010

HELSINGBORG is known as the Pearl of the Sound - a name which it lives up to when the light reflects off the water and shimmers on the stylish facades of the waterside buildings.

HELSINGBORG is known as the Pearl of the Sound – a name which it lives up to when the light reflects off the water and shimmers on the stylish facades of the waterside buildings.

It is situated at the narrowest part of Öresund, the sound between Denmark and Sweden.

The town is very popular with tourists and prides itself as being a place of culture as well as a haven of beauty with an international flavour.

Helsingborg's vision is to become the most attractive town in Sweden.

Town fans will be able to relax and enjoy the open and positive atmosphere, whether strolling in the new and elegant harbour area, along the shopping streets, the picturesque lanes or crossing the inviting squares of the city.

Cruise vessels arriving in Helsingborg are greeted with a marching band and majorettes. On going ashore, all the passengers receive flowers from girls dressed in the Swedish national costume.

The centre of Helsingborg dates back to the middle ages. The keep tower Kärnan, a well known landmark, the beautiful Church of Saint Mary from 1450 and the impressive Town Hall create an exciting historic background for a tour through the city.

Everything in the centre is nearby with a large selection of shops, restaurants and cafés along the lovely pedestrian streets and lanes. There are even clean beaches right in the centre of the city.

Communication is no problem. Most people speak English.

However there is one thing to beware of for Ipswich fans in early November – the weather.

"The average daytime temperature is 40F (4C)" said Evening Star weatherman Ken Blowers. "And after dark it drops to 34F (1C).

Ten things you didn't know about Helsingborg

N Helsingborg has a population of close to 118,000 inhabitants.

N It is thereby Sweden's 9th biggest community. About 85,000 people reside in the town itself.

N Helsingborg is situated at the narrowest part of Øresund and the distance across the water to Helsingør in Denmark is not more than 4km.

N Helsingborg is a trading centre, the harbour is the second largest in the country.

N The Viking ships used to head out to raid western Europe from the area

N Helsingborg was first mentioned in 1085 in a deed of gift from the Danish king, Saint Knut.

N Throughout the Middle Ages, Helsingborg was an important city in the Danish kingdom, as a military base.

N For the greater part of the 17th century, Denmark and Sweden were at war with each other, and most of the central city area was ravaged during the "Skåne War" (1675-1679).

N It wasn't until the industrial revolution in the 19th century that the city once again grew in importance.

N The harbour was then extended, industries flourished, the railway was built and the population increased.

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