In mid July the town is absolutely packed as people come to experience the Song Festival founded by one of ABBA Björn's local friends. Bring your acoustic guitar and join the crowds outside the fortress, or better still, buy tickets for inside. Most artists sing in Swedish but they are good ones and the spirit is high! There are long gone plans to open a Song School and Exhibition Centre in town.
Västervik is IN County Kalmar...
Västervik is IN County Kalmar in the province of Småland, but very much orients itself towards Östergötland instead - the province just to the north. The city of Linköping is where people go for cultural events, to shop at IKEA or go to university if they don't want to move further. It can even be heard in the dialect, which is far more 'Östergötland' and the local politicians work for a faster train connection to...Linköping.