Finspång, Östergötland, Exploring Sweden

Finspång, Östergötland – Exploring Sweden

Finspång is a locality in the historical province of Östergötland. This is a former company town that is still dominated by large industries. In addition to companies such as Gränges, Siemens, and SSAB, around 13.200 people call Finspång their home.


A Short History of Finspång

Industrialization in Finspång probably began in the 1580s. The Dutch immigrant Wellam De Wijk ran the industry. He had been appointed by the Swedish King Johan III to run the operations in the new company town that was about to develop here. The production at the time consisted of canons and ammunition.

Construction of Finspång Castle began in 1668. The further development of the company town continued around the new castle. The company town began to transform during the coming centuries and with industrialization, two large companies came to dominate in Finspång at the beginning of the 20th century. These were Svenska Turbinfabriks Aktiebolaget Ljungström and Finspongs Metallverks Aktiebolag. Today these industries have been replaced by companies such as Gränges Finspång AB, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB, and SSAB Emea AB


Things to Do and See

The center of Finspång offers both shopping possibilities in a few small shops but also a few restaurants and cafés. When it comes to main sights the list is dominated by Finspång’s industrial history.

Finspång Castle

Finspångs Slott, which is its Swedish name, was completed in 1685. Its current owner is Siemens and there is a large park surrounding it. The park was established in the 1690s but saw several additions being made up until the 1820s.

Bruksparken

Bruksparken is a park right next to the center of Finspång. A river separates it from the park around the castle. The park was established already in the 18th century and offers visitors a view of the many historical buildings that once housed the workers of the former company town. The park is also home to a larger playground and other outdoor activities.

Finspångs Turbinmuseum

The old orangery of the castle today houses the turbine museum. This is a museum telling the history of the many turbine engines that have been produced in Finspång. This includes airplane engines.

Bönnerbadet

Bönnerbadet is a beach at Lake Bönnern. It is one of the larger swimming locations, where you will find not only a beach but also a jumping tower and a playground.


How to Get to Finspång

  • Flights: Two nearby airports are Stockholm Skavsta Airport (NYO) 82 kilometers away and Norrköping Airport (NRK) 35 kilometers away.
  • Car: Finspång is along Road 51 to the west of Norrköping.
  • Bus: Buses from Östgötatrafiken connect Finspång with the surrounding area.
  • Train: The closest train station is in Norrköping.

The driving distance from 5 major Swedish cities, according to Google Maps:

  • Stockholm – 182 kilometers (2 h 7 min)
  • Gothenburg – 326 kilometers (3 h 56 min)
  • Malmö – 470 kilometers (5 h 33 min)
  • Linköping – 59 kilometers (52 min)
  • Kiruna – 1413 kilometers (16 h 38 min)

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