-translation by Birgitta Johansson.


The little market town of Töreboda was founded in the mid-19th-century and is situated at the cross-roads of Göta Kanal - a man-made channel - and the main railway line from Göteborg on the west coast to Stockholm at the east coast, which is also Sweden's capital. This urban district is bordered on all sides of the fertile plains of Västergötland - one of the oldest colonized parts of Sweden. The county of Skaraborg, e.g. the eastern part of the landscape Västergötland, is situated between Sweden's two biggest lakes Vänern and Vättern. The county capital is the city of Mariestad, about 20 minutes away by car or bus.

Just outside of Töreboda there are also the great woods of Tiveden, which used to mark the border to the eastern and northern parts of Sweden and in earlier times was filled with uncivilized trappers, hunters and thieves. This urban district consists of several small lakes: Unden, Viken, Ymsen and the bird-lake Östen. These lakes are filled with fish and it is possible to bathe in them as well. Along the Göta Kanal, people every Summer go by boats of varied sizes. It is also very popular to go by bike along the brinks in your own pace and stay for the night in the nice cabins to let where you can use all the facilities freely. There are a lot of restaurants and pubs in most places if you do not prefer to have your own barbecue outdoors.

In the area of Töreboda, there are around 20 churches from medival times and later to visit, there are a lot of ruins of old castles and other buildings and you find a very rich landscape to view from cars, bicycles and hiking trades during long Summer nights.

This area is of old origin and so is the whole of the landscape of Västergötland and most of the country of Sweden too. In Västergötland the very first inhabitants very early settled along the beaches of the big lakes and along the rivers because waterways were more easily to travel on. Today all of Sweden and Västergötland is a highly advanced society with all sorts of industry, service and development, which makes it a country full of contradictions and surprises matched with well-prepared service-minded people, who can speak English quite well as we have to learn it from early years in school. The people of Sweden is a travelling and reading people but has also learnt much during later decades from both immigrants and emigrants.

The ferry LINA.

Surely the world's smallest ferry is the little ferry LINA. Daily except Sundays from May to October it crosses the Göta Kanal on 15-20 seconds thousands of times a day. This started already in 1918 when people started to build their own houses at the eastern side of the Canal and had to go to work on the western side of it. Then it was a small skiff manoeuvred by an earlier engineer. In 1930 it was given permission to stretch a rope across the channel, about 50 metres, and on this rope the small ferry was shoved by hand of the skipper and so it is still today.

Sidan uppdaterad juni 2010