Kristianstad is the most extensive municipality in Skåne. About 79,900 inhabitants live here, 29,000 of whom live in the main town. The main emphasis within business is on food, agriculture and trade and industry. The processing industry is multifaceted and has a tremendous growth potential in the area.
The municipality has a diverse structure in terms of trade and industry. The majority of the approximately 6,000 present companies are small or medium-sized companies. There are also a number of well-known companies with a large number of employees.
Thanks to plains of Kristianstad´s fertile soils as well as its intensive cultivation, the processing of agricultural products has a major impact on the local industry.The food industry is well represented and employes about 4,500 people. Many well-known brands such as Absolut Vodka, Knorr, Önos, Blå Band, Kronfågel, Åhus Ice cream, Scan, Skånemejerier, Stärkelsen and Konsumbagarn originate from Kristianstad and its surroundings. There is no doubt as to why Kristianstad can be referred to as the Swedish centre for food and drink. Almost every day, you will eat or drink something that originates from this area. The food industry also links to a large service sector, such as transport/logistics, engineering plants, laboratories, marketing, education in the culinary arts and food sciences etc.
Kristianstad is an attractive and pulsating centre for trade and culture. Enjoy the commercial town of Kristianstad, with about 300 speciality shops and restaurants. Stroll along the pedestrian streets, markets, boulevards and alleys in the well-preserved town centre of Kristianstad, sometimes referred to as "Little Paris." Kristianstad is often considered to be one of the most exquisite shopping cities in the region.