In 1285, the town’s name was written Ystath. Its original meaning is not fully understood, but the “y” is probably related to an old word for the yew tree.
Ystad is the setting of the Swedish crime drama Wallander.
The population of Ystad is 27 870, as of 2019.
Ystad is a town in the county of Scania in southern Sweden.
The charter of 1599 gave the town the right to export oxen.
Ystad, together with all of Scania, was transferred from Denmark to Sweden following the Treaty of Roskilde in 1658.
The only newspaper published at present in Ystad is the Ystads Allehanda, which also covers the neighboring municipalities of Skurup, Tomelilla, Simrishamn, and Sjöbo. The newspaper was founded in 1873.