An old map of the region of Halland, with its rich history, culture and over 7700 known ancient monuments. The name of the region probably comes from Hovs halls (rocks), a coastal area in northwestern Skåne with dramatic rock formations. The name Halland simply means 'the landscape on the other side of the halls'. As early as 550, the Roman-Gothic historian Jordanes mentions the ancestors of Halland. Hallin was, according to him, a people who then inhabited the area around Hovs hallar.
Halland has been inhabited by our ancestors since the end of the Ice Age. During the Neolithic period, which began in the Nordic countries around 6000 years ago, the population of Halland became settled, and during this period the region's 6 cairns and 5 footpaths and 49 rock coffins were erected.
From the Bronze Age we find traces of our ancestors in the form of over 1100 burial mounds and cairns. A lot of very fine bronze and gold objects have also been found, which shows the prosperity of the Hallingen people during this period.
During the Iron Age, many of Halland's large villages grew up. During this time, Halland was part of the Danube Empire, as also told by the merchant Ottar who in the 870s travelled between Skiringssal near the Oslofjord and Hedeby.
Halland was conquered and finally annexed by the Swedish state through the Peace of Roskilde in 1658.