Åhus is the second largest town of Kristianstad Municipality, Skåne County in southernmost Sweden. The population is 8,984 in the winter (2005) but it triples in the summer due to the predominantly German tourists who come seeking the great beaches and the beautiful nature of the Helgeå and Hanöbukten area.

An old town, Åhus gained its city privileges in 1149, but lost them in 1617. One of its oldest buildings is a church called Sankta Maria kyrka.

The town is also center for the famous Swedish Eel-parties ("ålagille"), where people come together during August and September to eat eel and drink considerable amounts of schnapps, mostly the locally produced Absolut Vodka.

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