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Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, which is to the west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean, including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second smallest continent in terms of area and third largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.
Karlstad municipality is a municipality in mid western Sweden with the city Karlstad as its seat. It was granted a Royal Charter in the year 1584. In the 17th century, it was the seat of a diocese in the Church of Sweden. The city is home to Karlstad University and Karlstad Airport. Karlstad lies on the mainline railway connecting Oslo, Norway and Stockholm.
The city of Karlstad was built on the islands and islets which made up the river delta on the northern shore of the largest lake in Sweden known as Vanern. It has the second largest lake port in the country after Vasteras. The area is 1167.1 square kilometer. The population is 82,096 and the density is 69 per square kilometer.
On Karlstad's largest islet, there was a place of counsel called Tingvalla in the medieval age, which had its roots from the Viking Age before 1000 AD. It was also used as a market place. Karlstad was granted its city charter on March 5, 1584 by the Swedish Duke Charles, who was later, crowned King Charles IX of Sweden. The city also derived its name from the King Karlstad which literally means Karl's city.  The Duke also built his own mansion in the city, which is referred to as Kungsgarden. Karlstad had been severely burnt four times. After the last fire on July 2, 1865 only the church and a few houses remained. It was thereafter rebuilt according to a check pattern with wide streets surrounded by trees.
Karlstad is a beautiful place. It has various sites of interest such as museums, gardens and Masonic lodges. As it is often regarded as among the most beautiful parts of Europe, it is one of the most visited places amongst the most die-hard travelers the world over.

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