Destination Växjö

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Växjö Växjö is an exciting combination of an idyllic small town, university town and a centre of entertainment - a strong regional centre in the middle of the south of Sweden. Växjö is a dynamic, forward-looking city and the optimism is well merited. Växjö has a increasing population with a young age profile. The 1.2 million inhabitants within a radius of just over 100 km combined with the exciting cultural life make Växjö the commercial centre of the region. Business life is rich and diverse. 7,000 companies exist in a dynamic mixture of sizes and industries - a multitude of experiences.  It’s easy to grow and develop in Växjö.

Activities

Not many towns of Växjös size can offer a comparable comprehensive choice of cultural and entertainment activities. The cultural life of Växjö is rich and varied.

Musica Vitae, the internationally known chamber orchestra, is based here. The Regional Blekinge Kronoberg Theatre also has its home in Växjö and tours with its productions and unique, specially commissioned operas for children. The main stage at the city concert hall in Växjö also features the much-celebrated annual musical production. Växjö has a vibrant young music life that has helped to develop well known rock bands such as The Ark and Melody Club. Every Autumn, Linneateater produces a new musical and a number of theatre productions. Växjö Culture School, with its many performances, puts a positive spotlight on the joy of dance and playing music for young people.

Växjö City offers exciting shopping, snug cafés and other interesting meeting places. The gourmet can also eat his fill in any one of Växjö’s long list of restaurants. There are restaurants for all occasions and at all price levels. Every day of the week can easily be filled with gastronomic delights from French, Italian, Asian, American and Swedish cuisine.

In the middle of the town lies Lake Växjö encircled by leafy green paths and walkways. A rich quality of life is given by the proximity of the beautiful countryside around Lake Helga with its inland archipelago. Bathing in secluded bays, water skiing, canoeing and sailing are just examples of the wide ranged possibilities of your activities here.

The unique Sweden’s Glass Museum is located adjacent to Småland’s Museum. There are exhibitions tracing the development of glass making from the Stone Age to the present day. There are also local history, forestry, timber and furniture exhibitions.

The sporting town of Växjö, with its numerous enthusiasts and fine facilities is well known. Several popular golf courses and a large number of sport and open air recreation facilities close at hand provide excellent opportunities for exercise.

From horseback riding to gliding you’ll find everything you need to make your holiday unique. 

History

Växjö According to legend, towards the end of the Viking period, around the 11th century, the English missionary Sigfrid, came to the then heathen Sweden and Växjö, as the first bearer of the Christian word. He built the town’s first church that, during the 1170s, was replaced by a stone church, upon the site of which stands today’s cathedral. In 1342 Växjö was granted its City charter by King Magnus Eriksson.

In 1542, the peasants in Småland, under the leadership of Nils Dacke, rebelled against Gustav Vasa’s taxes. The rebellion became known as the Dackefejden (the Dacke Feud). Växjö has burnt to the ground on several occasions, but has always raised itself, like a phoenix from the ashes, and been re-built. The town has a long tradition as a seat of learning, the seat of the County Government and as a Cathedral City. Up until the beginning of the 1990s Växjö was also a garrison town.

Today, Växjö is an expansive city with close to 80,000 inhabitants, a very varied business life and a rapidly expanding university.

Famous personalities from Växjö include scientist and botanist Carl von Linné, world famous soprano and court singer, Christina Nilsson, authoress Elin Wägner, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Pär Lagerkvist, athletics star Carolina Klüft, tennis player Mats Wilander, musicians from The Ark and Eurovision Song Contest winner, Charlotte Perelli.

Regional Partner

Destination Växjö


Partner Airport

Airport Smaland

Accommodation

There is a full range of accommodation available in and around the city. As a guest you may choose between the countryside with its traditional red and white cottages for which Småland is well known and the comfortable hotels which are situated right at the heart of the city.

Facts

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  • The population of Växjös municipality is 83 005 (2010).
  • 18.57 % of Växjös residents are of foreign origin (2010).
  • Housing has been the last ten years (2001-10) remained at approximately 465 new dwellings per year.
  • 26,067 people are employed in Växjö Enterprise (2009).
  • 13,120 people are employed in the public sector (2009).
  • The largest employers are the City of Växjö with 7500 employees, followed by the Kronoberg County Council with 4,300 employees.
  • The Number of companies in Växjö is 8205 (2009).
  • The Linnaeus University (Växjö and Kalmar) had 15,575 full time students (2010).
  • The average income of the municipality is 252 900 SEK (for those with income in 2008).
  • The Växjö municipality includes 13 locations. Växjö city has about 61,000 inhabitants.  Rottne is the second largest town with 2300 inhabitants (2010).
  • Växjö city has 16 districts. Three districts are in the main areas and 13 in the neighbourhoods. Teleborg is the largest one with 11,460 inhabitants (2010).
  • Växjö municipality’s total area is 1924.81 km².  Population density is 43.1 people per km² (2010).