It is the seat of Halmstad Municipality and the capital of Halland County. It is Sweden’s 20th-largest city by population and located midway between Gothenburg and Malmö.It is a port, university, industrial and recreational city.
It belonged to Denmark until the 17th century.
It became part of Sweden for a period of thirty years when peace was declared at the Treaty of Brömsebro in 1645 and Danish rule ended. The Treaty of Roskilde in 1658 made this acquisition permanent. Sweden defeated Denmark in the Battle of Fyllebro which took place in 1676 just outside Halmstad.
Founded in 1983, Halmstad University is a public higher education institution offering bachelor’s and master’s programs in various fields of study. In addition, it conducts Ph.D. programs in three fields of research: Information Technology, Innovation Science and Health Science.