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Hallstahammar Municipality is a Swedish municipality in Vastmanland, in central Sweden. Its seat is in the town Hallstahammar with 10,300 inhabitants. The municipal slogan is Bo hos oss, which reflects the ambition of the present municipal leadership to boost population figures.
The King Gustav Vasa built a castle along the lake about 1558. Its current appearance goes back to the 1680s. Today it hosts an interesting museum. The town Hallstahammar traces its history to 1628 when the first smithy was built. In 1795 the Stromsholm Canal was inaugurated which enhanced goods transports. The town became a centre for transportation and commerce. In the 1930s it was shaped as a typical Swedish industrial town with close ties to the engineering industry. From the 1970s on, however, that industry has gradually lost its strong significance.
The town is situated by the small river Kolbacksan. Along that river many industries were established, and at Hallstahammar ironwork was built as early as 1628. With train it takes less than 15 minutes to central Västeras, and about an hour to the Central Station of Stockholm. It is also possible to travel straight south, passing the bridge over Lake Mälaren to the larger city Eskilstuna. Good car transport is provided by European route E18 that passes between Kolback and Hallstahammar.

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