Motala is a locality and the seat of Motala Municipality, Ostergotland County, Sweden with 29,823 inhabitants (41,956 in the entire municipality) in 2010. It is the third largest city of Östergötland, following Linköping and Norrköping. Motala is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Vättern and is regarded as the main center of both the Gota Canal and the surrounding lake region.
Climate: Motala. In Motala, the climate is cold and temperate. Motala is a city with a significant rainfall. … In Motala, the average annual temperature is 6.0 °C. Precipitation here averages 602 mm.
For several centuries, Motala remained a small village, mainly regarded as a stopping post on the road to the nearby town of Vadstena, one of the cultural centers of medieval Sweden. … When the Göta Canal was built in the early 19th century, Motala became an important town for the trade on the canal.