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Place in Södermanland, Sweden / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mariefred is a locality situated in Strängnäs Municipality, Södermanland County, Sweden with 3,726 inhabitants in 2010.[1]

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Mariefred in August 2000, view from Gripsholm Castle
Coordinates: 59°16′N 17°13′E
CountySödermanland County
MunicipalitySträngnäs Municipality
  Total2.51 km2 (0.97 sq mi)
 (31 December 2010)[1]
  Density1,487/km2 (3,850/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

The name is derived from that of the former Carthusian monastery here, Mariefred Charterhouse, and means "Peace of Mary" (the former name was Gripsholm). It lies roughly 50 kilometres west of Stockholm.

Gripsholm Castle

Mariefred, despite its small population, is for historical reasons often still referred to as a city. Statistics Sweden, however, only counts localities with more than 10,000 inhabitants as cities.

Gripsholm Castle is located in the town. Adjacent to the castle is the nature reserve and deer park Gripsholms hjorthage.

The old barn of Gripsholm Castle was a centre for fine arts printmaking, Grafikens Hus ("House of Graphics").

The East Södermanland Railway has a railway museum here with one of the finest collections of 600 mm narrow-gauge passenger railcars anywhere.

Kurt Tucholsky is buried in the town cemetery.