Some basic information
Åhus is a town in Kristianstad Municipality, Skåne County in southernmost Sweden. The population is 8,984 in the winter (2005) but it easily triples in the summer due to the tourists, many of whom are from Germany, who come seeking the great beaches and the beautiful nature of the Helgeå and Hanöbukten area.
The town is very old, it gained its city privileges in 1149, which it however lost in 1617. The town also has a very old church from the same period called Sankta Maria kyrka.
The town is center for the famous Swedish Eel-parties ("ålagille"), where people come together during August and September to eat eel and drink considerable amounts of schnapps, mostly the locally produced Absolut Vodka.
Åhus is the world headquarters of Absolut; visitors can take a charming one hour tour of the production and bottling plant.
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