High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The town is located on the River Eskilstunaan, which connects Lake Hjaelmaren and Lake Maelaren. Eskilstuna' s history dates back to medieval times when English monk Saint Eskil made "Tuna" his base and diocese of the South coast of Lake Maelaren. Saint Eskil was stoned to death by the pagan vikings of neighbouring town Straengnaes, 30 km east of Eskilstuna, trying to convert them to Christianity. Saint Eskil was buried in his monastery church in Tuna. Later the pagan city of Straengnaes was Christianised and was given the privilege of becoming diocese of South Lake Maelaren. Later "Eskil" was added in to the word "Tuna". However, the town of Eskilstuna did not receive municipal privileges due to its proximity to the medieval city of Torshaella. The monastery of Saint Eskil was completely destroyed by Swedish king Gustav Vasa during the Protestant Reformation and was replaced with the royal castle of Eskilstuna House. Eskilstuna is a city and the seat of Eskilstuna Municipality, Soedermanland County, Sweden with 60,185 inhabitants in 2005. Eskilstuna has a large Sweden Finn and arabian population.
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