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Jönköping (Swedish pronunciation: [²jœnːˌɕøːpɪŋ] ( listen)) is a city in southern Sweden with 93,797 inhabitants (2015). Jönköping is situated at the southern end of Sweden's second largest lake, Vättern, in the province of Småland.
Collage of Jönköping
|• City||44.82 km2 (17.31 sq mi)|
|Elevation||104 m (341 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2015)|
|• Density||2,100/km2 (5,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Postal code||551 xx|
|Area code(s)||(+46) 36|
The city is the seat of Jönköping Municipality, which has a population of 134,785 (2016) and is Småland's most populous municipality. Jönköping is also the seat of Jönköping County which has a population of 341,235 (2013). Jönköping is the seat of a district court and a court of appeal as well as the Swedish National Courts Administration. It is the seat of the Swedish Board of Agriculture.
Jönköping is an old trading centre (Köping) situated at a natural crossroads for routes following the rivers Nissan and Lagan, and the road connecting the provinces of Östergötland and Västergötland, a result of the town's geographical position at the southern end of lake Vättern, which divides the two provinces.
On 18 May 1284 Jönköping became the first City in Sweden to be granted its rights by king Magnus Ladulås, who ruled mostly from Vättern's largest island Visingsö. The first part of the city's name, "Jön", is derived from a creek, "Junebäcken", in Talavid, in what is now the western part of the city. The second part of the name "köping", is, as mentioned above, an old word for a trading centre or market place.
The geographical position of the city also left it vulnerable to attack via the river routes that led south, mainly from Danes. At that time the provinces of what is today southern Sweden — Scania, Halland and Blekinge — belonged to Denmark. The city was plundered and burned several times until it was fortified during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Jönköping was known for its matchstick industry between 1845–1970. Today it is an important Nordic logistical center, with many companies' central warehouses (such as Elkjøp, IKEA, Electrolux and Husqvarna) situated there.
The urban area of Jönköping today includes the eastern industrial town of Huskvarna, with which it has grown together.
Elmia, a major trade fair and exhibition centre, is situated in Jönköping. Elmia Wood is the world’s largest forestry fair, and those for subcontractors, trucks, caravans and railways are the biggest of their kind in Europe. Since 2001, Elmia has been the site of the world's largest LAN party, DreamHack, with two events every year, Dreamhack Summer and Dreamhack Winter.
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- John Bauer, illustrator, painter
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- Anders Gustafsson, kayaker, Olympian
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- I'm from Barcelona, 29-piece indie pop band
- Mona Johannesson, model
- Per G. Malm, leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- The Mary Onettes, indie rock band
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- Nina Persson, vocalist with The Cardigans
- Göran Kropp, mountaineer
- Sofia Paldanius, kayaker, Olympian
- Johan Björnsson Printz, governor of the Swedish colony of New Sweden
- Viktor Rydberg, author
- Aurore Storckenfeldt (1816–1900), educator
- Swante M. Swenson, founder of the SMS ranches in Texas
- Carl Peter Thunberg, botanist
- Stefan Liv, ice hockey goaltender
- Martin Allwood, translator
- David F. Sandberg, film director
- Erik Dahlbergsgymnasiet
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Jönköping's climate was humid continental (Köppen Dfb) bordering on subarctic with long, cold winters and short, warm summers during the 1961–1990 period. However, the window between subarctic and oceanic is very small in this marine-influenced climate type, and in recent years the climate has more resembled very cold oceanic. However, figures are slightly skewed due to the weather station being located at the airport which is at an elevation of 228 metres (748 ft), whereas the city centre is at 100 metres (330 ft). This likely renders up to between half a degree to a full degree milder temperatures in the urban centre.
|Climate data for Jönköping Airport 2002–2014; precipitation 1961–90; extremes since 1901|
|Record high °C (°F)||10.5
|Average high °C (°F)||0.0
|Average low °C (°F)||−5.4
|Record low °C (°F)||−33.0
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||43.9
|Source #1: SMHI Average Data 2002–2014|
|Source #2: SMHI Precipitation Averages 1961–1990|
- HV71, ice hockey team in Swedish Hockey League of ice hockey.
- Jönköpings IK (JIK), floorball team who has played several season in the men's Swedish Super League.
- Jönköpings Södra IF, football (soccer) team in Allsvenskan (first tier league of Sweden).
- Husqvarna FF, football (soccer) team in Division 1 (third tier league of Sweden).
- IK Tord, football (soccer) team in Division 2 Västra Götaland (fourth tier league of Sweden).
- Jönköping Bandy IF, bandy team in Allsvenskan (second tier league of Sweden).
- Jönköpings SS, swimming society, with Swedish champions in both swimming and diving. There are also three other water disciplines in the club, lifeguarding and synchronized swimming.
- ATP Challenger Tour event, starting in 2016.
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