Skillinge in English

Welcome to Skillinge …DSCF4057.JPG-for-web-small.jpg

…a picturesque fishing village situated on the very south-east edge of Sweden, offering locals and visitors alike a unique and unspoilt habitat with stunning coastline scenery. In summer, there is good walking, coastal and inland, safe extensive cycling routes, tremendous sandy beaches, horse riding and sailing – there’s a dinghy sailing school for youngsters.

Both here in the village and close by, you will find Provence-style eateries with fine food based on fresh local produce. In spring and autumn, we can also promise the best sea trout fishing in Sweden. Skillinge makes an ideal location for living, with its own well-regarded village school (ages 2-12), mini supermarket, pharmacy & post outlet, theatre and a year-round restaurant plus an ever-increasing selection of boutique shopping!

With Copenhagen Airport just 80 minutes drive away (Malmo even less!) – Skillinge has great connections for business or leisure travel.

For business…

Skillinge, with a year round population of 960, has another unique profile. There are over 100 small businesses active in the village and surrounding area – and 110 of those are members in our small business association (Skillinge Företagareförening). One aim with the Association is to assist “newcomers” with introductions to local networks and other businesses. Another aim is to represent all its members and speak with one voice to local authorities when it comes to improvement & development of the business environment.

If you would like to know more about Skillinge Business Association please contact: berit.akesson@telia.com

For everybody…

Skillinge Village Association is the voice of villagers in many aspects of community life and its functions. Its most important role is to co-ordinate and drive initiatives to make our village even more attractive for those already living here and in the future development for those to come. It is also the one village voice for contact with different local authorities and government departments.

The History of Skillinge…

Nobody really knows when Skillinge became a fishing village but there are strong pointers to around 400-800 AD. Hearsay tells us that the village consisted of seven small farms, which were later partly replaced by new housing and that the surrounding land produced very poor yields. The road network that existed made it difficult for farmers to get their produce to markets and so innovative farmers started to look to the sea as a method of transporting goods more easily. In the late 18th century this type of transportation became more frequent and local farmers sometimes went across to more wealthy markets in Germany.

Commercial shipping, as we know it today, started in Skillinge between 1830-40. In 1846, free trade was introduced allowing fishermen to ship farmers produce to markets along the coast using small fishing vessels (vrakeka). At these markets, fishermen traded their cargo for cash or other produce and as a result, many fishermen became Captains and shipowners of commercial sailing vessels. During the period 1848-1948 at certain peak times, there were 314 commercial sailing vessels registered in Skillinge. At the beginning of the 20th century, Skillinge was the largest port for registered commercial sailing vessels in Sweden.

The increase in both the number of shipping companies and investments in new and larger vessels is probably linked to the foundation of Skillinge Sparbank in 1891. Ships were purchased through shipowner syndicates whereby Captains raised money from relatives and friends, with the bank granting them an equal value loan. With cash in hand, they could then buy ships and the syndicate shipowner company structure was established.

With the era of this type of commercial sailing starting to decline, the focus on fishing returned and commercial vessels were exchanged for wooden built trawlers and during 1970-80, those were replaced by steel hulled trawlers (järnare). Fishing techniques and methods continued to develop into the industry we see today.

Business and commerce in Skillinge currently is spread over many different industries, however, fishing, shipyard and other marine related businesses still create our most valuable assets.

Skillinge & Österlen

Skillinge offers the perfect base to explore the southeast corner of Sweden known as Österlen. We have our unique seafarers museum; a visit to one of our many exciting and famous artists resident in local galleries and studios; our village theatre may have a play on during your stay and why not do a summer evening cruise on the Bornholm schooner Klara-Marie www.klaramarie.se , the pride of Skillinge. The alternatives are wide-ranging ….

Birdlife

The Österlen coastline, with Skillinge at its centre, offers bird lovers a fantastic chance to observe the vast numbers of migrating birds in spring & autumn. In winter, our coastline offers a base for many different species normally living in the far north. Some rare bird observations include; Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus, Yellow-headed Wagtail Motacilla citreola, the Hoopoe Upupa epops, Great Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii, and amongst our resident bird population, nesting in Skillinge, we have Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros, Long-Eared Owl Asio otus.

Ongoing information about our birds can be found on www.artportalen.se/dagensfagelor, alternatively, www.microbirding.se Not surprisingly, amongst our local bird lovers you will find Sweden’s most famous bird painting artists.

Arts Week

For lovers of art, a visit here during Easter and Arts Week is a must! Hundreds of artists are exhibiting and selling their works in established or ‘pop up’ galleries over the Easter break. Art gallery owners from our large cities in the Nordic region are here ‘treasure hunting’ – usually with great success.

If you plan to stay over during your visit, please book well in advance. To find a bed on the day is mission impossible.

Fishing

Sea trout fishing along our local coastline is simply the best in Sweden! It is done either in small boats using the trolling method or simply direct from the beach with waders and spinning rods. Information about our local fishing can easily be found using Google, entering sea trout simrishamn or trolling Simrishamn.

If you are really, really unlucky then you can always visit one of the renowned Skillinge FiskImpex outlets to avoid returning empty handed! www.skillingefisk-impex.com

Sports

Skillinge has its own sports ground, owned and managed by Skillinge Sports Association www.skillingeif.se The club is a typical local football (soccer) club and is very proud of its strong youth academy. The result of which was one of our local girls making it to the top in Swedish female football. In the grounds you will find a training gravel pitch, a full size natural grass pitch and new from late 2010, a full international size ‘astroturf’ pitch.

If there should ever be a competition for the most picturesque location for football & training pitches then Skillinge will surely be a strong contender – located close to the shoreline and with full sea views!

In addition, there are two well maintained clay tennis courts available for hire. Along in the harbour area, you will find a very nicely positioned boules pitch.

Perfect setting to bring your portable barbecue down in the early evening for a bite after your game.

Saturday 29 July is G – as in Gooseberry – Day!

High summer maybe a time for everyone to dream about collecting and eating ripe berries – but the gooseberry growers and gardening enthusiasts in Skillinge and the surrounding areas have had their thoughts and efforts focused for many months already – in preparation for the main event – the Skillinge Gooseberry Festival 2017 to be held on Saturday, July 29th.

The competition will be for the heaviest berries in each of the four categories: namely, yellow/green/white and red gooseberries and each category will have a winner. A trophy is also presented to the top gooseberry – judged overall to be “Best In Show”. Additionally, there are prizes for the tastiest and most innovative homemade food and drinks, all produced from gooseberries, of course! One creative winner was declared with a gooseberry sauce to accompany local fried herring.

In our first year, 2009, there were close to 240 berries entered (3 per contestant) and over 60 entries in the homemade food and drink section. We hope to exceed those numbers this year and feel our growers can draw extra inspiration from the Egton Bridge OldGooseberry Society in England.

It was a TV programme about the Egton Bridge Society in North Yorkshire that led to the start-up of our own Skillinge Festival. Egton Bridge have held an annual gooseberry competition since 1800 and last year declared the heaviest berry at a record-breaking 62 grams! Here in Skillinge we ‘tipped the scales’ with a green berry weighing 18.2 grams…so there is definitely potential for more growth…..and, as local garden centres are stocking a good selection of gooseberry bushes, there’ s no excuse!

Join in the Contest!

The Skillinge Gooseberry Festival has created an additional ‘spotlight’ on the local area, its enterprises and attractions and has hopefully contributed to expanding and encouraging future business opportunities. Equally important is that everyone involved has a fun, entertaining and relaxing day together….but of course do not forget that gooseberries are good for you!!

Competition Rules

Competitors

All gooseberries entered must be grown in Skillinge or surrounding areas – and the surroundings can be anywhere in Sweden . All berries should be without disease or damage. Each contestant may enter up to three berries in each class. All berries are submitted anonymously, contact information will be taken and each participant given an entry number. All gooseberry produce entered must be home made and not commercially produced in any way.

Registration fee

Entry fee per class (max 3 berries) is 20 SEK. The fee is the same for each homemade food/drink entry.

Classification

Red, yellow/White and green gooseberries are judged on weight ie the heaviest berry in each class wins. The ‘Best In Show’ is awarded to the most beautiful berry from all classes.

Judging

All berries will be weighed on certified scales by Festival officials in a public forum. Results, as they are announced, will be written up on boards for all to see. Weighing will start at 12.30 hrs

Gooseberry products will be tasted by a selected jury.

The Jury’s decision is final.

Jury

The Jury consists of trusted, recognised and conscientious people who combine expert and commercial knowledge and 25 from the public.

Prizes

The glory of success…and a prize ribbon. The ‘Best In Show’ winner receives a trophy.

www.egtongooseberryshow.org.uk