Tving, Blekinge, Exploring Sweden

Tving, Blekinge – Exploring Sweden

Tving is a locality in the province of Blekinge in southern Sweden. It was earlier the center of the local parish but is today a part of Karlskrona Municipality. The earlier settlement with the church at its core has developed and the locality has today around 530 inhabitants.

Several of my ancestors have lived their lives within the Tving Parish, these include people like Gustaf Svensson Åra (1806-1873), Elsa Maria Svensdotter (1796-1856), Karl Johan Gustafsson (1837-1914), and Maria Svensdotter (1842-1937).

A Short History of Tving

The Tving Parish has its origins in the Middle Ages but the current church was inaugurated as late as 1843. Little is known about its predecessor, except that it was demolished between the years 1841 and 1843.

The parish and the rest of Blekinge became a part of Sweden in 1658 with the Treaty of Roskilde. The parish was split between the civil government and the church in 1862 with the establishment of Tving Municipality and Tving Congregation. The municipality remained independent until 1963 when it was merged with Fridlevstad Municipality. Some years later, in 1974, the new municipality was incorporated into Karlskrona Municipality.

Things to Do and See

Tving in its central parts mostly consists of a larger residential area with one-family homes. These are complemented by smaller commercial and community buildings, leaving few unique buildings to see. However, there is an exception, and that is the church. Fields and forests surround the residential area, making it possible to enjoy nature and the Swedish countryside.

Tving Church

Tving Church is one of the largest churches in the province of Blekinge. It was inaugurated in 1843 but has inventories dating back to the 16th century. This is, without much competition, the most prominent and one of the most historical buildings in the nearby area.

Lake Skärsjön

Skärsjön is a lake to the northeast of the locality. This is where you will find the local beach and a large area for outdoor activities in the summer months, such as swimming, barbeques, and sunbathing. The area also has a playground where the kids can play.

How to Get to Tving

  • Flights: The closest airport is Ronneby Airport (RNB) 22 kilometers away. The airport has a few domestic routes as well as seasonal charter flights.
  • Car: Tving is along road 122 north of Karlskrona.
  • Bus: Buses from Blekingetrafiken connect Tving with the surrounding region.

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

  • Stockholm – 484 kilometers (5 h 35 min)
  • Gothenburg – 312 kilometers (3 h 49 min)
  • Malmö – 198 kilometers (2 h 11 min)
  • Linköping – 289 kilometers (3 h 40 min)
  • Kiruna – 1714 kilometers (19 h 24 min)

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Robyn Derbabian

    Hello, I am doimg family history work, and my great grandfather Frank E Swanson was born in Tving on February 2, 1863. I am having some trouble finding more information. Perhaps you know if Tving has a geneology society I could contact. Would love to visit, but sadly still working. Thanks.

    1. Jesper

      Hello Robyn, my great grandfather also comes from Tving, but sadly I don’t know of any local genealogy society. I will send you an e-mail in case I might have something from other Swedish sources about Frans Edvard Svensson.

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