|• Total||12.03 km2 (4.64 sq mi)|
(31 December 2021)
|• Density||1/km2 (3/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Hässleholm was gradually developed from 1860 in connection with the construction of the main Stockholm to Malmö railway line. There was no settlement on the spot before the arrival of the railway. The station got its name from a manor situated in the vicinity of a planned railway junction. It gained the city title in 1914 and was then classified as one of Sweden's smallest cities. During the 20th century, it developed into a military hub. After the end of the cold war, most of the military establishments were disbanded or moved to other locations.
In 2000, Hässleholm's Cultural Center ("kulturhus") was opened. It features theatres, a library, a visitors center, and restaurants. East of the town center is the hometown park ("hembygdspark") with a statue called "Snapphanen", by the sculptor Axel Ebbe. The statue reminds of the area's history as a center for Scanian insurgents during the 17th-century struggles between Sweden and Denmark.
Some of the town's most distinctive architecture is located along First Avenue ("Första avenyn"). The Central Train Station is at the west end of the street, in the very heart of the town. Hässleholm's church (built in 1914) lies at the east end of the street. Hotell Statt, the main and oldest hotel, is located on the north side, and on the south side is the town's oldest building, which now holds stores, offices, and apartments.
In 2023, news site Frilagt was told by local Hässleholm businessman, Oddvar Lönnerkrantz, that current Sweden Democrat mayor, Hanna Nilsson, tried to hire him to force a local resident to drop his appeal of the city council's purchase of a building for an elderly care home. As a result of these accusations, the Moderate Party and Christian Democrats have pulled out of Hässleholm's coalition government, and have called on Nilsson to resign.
The local sports clubs are:
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- "Vikingar: Kommunalrådet ville leja oss som torpeder". Frilagt Hässleholm (in Swedish). 2023-03-13. Retrieved 2023-04-04.
- Löfgren, Emma (March 27, 2023). "Politics in Sweden: Sexual abuse allegations, 'big drama' and Vikings". The Local Sweden. Archived from the original on March 27, 2023. Retrieved March 27, 2023.