The Lock in the north

When we finally (or at first if you come from north) come to Strömstad, we have reached the most northern municipality on the Swedish West Coast. The township of Strömstad is one of the bigger in Bohuslän with close to 7000 inhabitants.

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Strömstad has an old history, both Norwegian and Swedish. But it's importance grew after Bohuslän became Swedish in 1658. The main port in the area before was Halden in Norway, hence the importance of a Swedish port was obvious. But the Roskilde Treaty did not guarantee it's peace. Many conflicts between Sweden and Denmark in the 1600- and 1700 led to bitter fights around Strömstad. As late as 1808 the last attempt to conquer the city was made by a Norwegian fleet.

Strömstad has an old history of hydro physical treatment clinics. In fact the first in Europe was established here in 1781. Even today you find a mumber of Spaas, which is the mordern name for it.

Even today the Norwegian presence is obvious, some say that they eventually managed to reclaim the area. One reason to this is that Swedish cost of living is lower, and Norwegians cross the border to buy food, clothes and alcohol! Property is also common to buy, and many summer houses fly the Norwegian flag.

Points of interest

cooper & Gorfer

Hall of arts Lokstallet.

Contemporary arts.

Information centre Kosterhavet

One of the few marine nature reserves in Sweden is Kosterhavet, Visit the information centre at Syd Koster, and find out more about this intersestin and unique part of the West Coast.

Naturrum kosterhavet

Strömstad banner


It is a busy guest harbour, and from midsummer to august it filled with leisure boats. (A great deal Norwegians!) It has good bus- and train connections both north and south, so if you want to explore the surroundings while you visit Strömstad, it is quite easy.


West of Strömstad you find a group of islands called the Koster Islands. Very popular, as well as the most westerly populated area in Sweden. There is a big number of islands, a small archpelago of it's own. The two big islands are called south- and north Koster, and is popultaed all year. The biggest guest harbour is on North Koster, and has space for more than 100 boats.


Islands of Felicity

Koster was discovered by a German poet in the beginning of last centuary, Max Dauthenday. He was "sponsored" by the Swedih Railways, in order to travel around in Sweden, but when he came to Strömstad and then Koster, he stopped. He fell in love with the islands, and stayed there for some months. Later he wrote the novel "Islands of felicity", reffering to Koster Islands. (The title is my own translation from Swedish) Go there, and you probably find out why.

Strömstad municipal - official webpage

Including event calendar and more

Weather at Strömstad

Weather chart för the next week