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Hallekis

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Things to do: sightseeing, historic sites
Hällekis is a locality situated in Götene Municipality, Västra Götaland County, Sweden. It had 704 inhabitants in 2010 compared to 904 in 1960, a decline due to the closure of the main employer.LocationThe village is situated on the coast of Lake Väner and in the Kinnekulle peninsula with a 306m ridge and large nature reserve. The nearest large towns are Mariestad and Lidköping, both about 20mi north-west and south-west respectively, with which it is connected by a light rail link.HistoryA mill was established in the town in the 19th century. With the availability of raw material nearby this was developed into a cement works in the 20th century operated by Blue Circle Industries (Sw.Blå Rund) under the name "Skånska Cement". The factory closed in the late 20th century.A large house on the outskirts of the town known as Hönsäter was part of a large chicken farm with connections with the Scottish Hamilton family, notably Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 14th Duke of Hamilton who was indirectly involved in the Rudolf Hess affair. The house and grounds are now used as an hotel.
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