Örebro County is found in the heart of Sweden. Its capital and administrative seat is Örebro City in the province of Närke. Apart from the province, the county also includes some parts of neighbouring Västmanland, Värmland and Västergötland.
It has been a bustling town since the 13th century, and its strategic location in the middle of the geographical triangle of Stockholm, Göteborg and Oslo makes it attractive to businesses.
The old town of Wadköping by the Svårtan riverbanks has many wooden houses that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. These houses were taken from their original locations in the city and rebuilt in Wadköping, where they now hold cultural and historical significance. Most of them are now charming little cafés, stores, art galleries, and handicraft shops. Having the world’s most visited water tower is a rather strange distinction, but the tall, striped Svampen, or Mushroom, is one of the most popular places to visit in Örebro. Its 58-metre length holds 9 million gallons of water, and the restaurant at the top has great views over Wadköping.
Outdoor pursuits are part of life in Örebro City. Known as the Town of Cycling, Örebro has more than 140 kilometres of bicycle lanes that wind in and around town and into the countryside. The river Svårtan is popular for year-round salmon fishing and boating in the summer, and skiers take to the slopes of the Kilsbergen Mountains in the winter. The ski trails in the forests of the Ånnaboda Nature Reserve are particularly popular.