Växjö Municipality

Växjö Municipality (Växjö kommun) is a municipality in Kronoberg County in southern Sweden, where Växjö is the seat.

Växjö Municipality

Växjö kommun
Växjö Concert House
Växjö Concert House
Coat of arms of Växjö Municipality
Coat of arms
Växjö Municipality in Kronoberg County.png
CountrySweden
CountyKronoberg County
Established1971
SeatVäxjö
Area
 • Total1,914.25 km2 (739.10 sq mi)
 • Land1,665.51 km2 (643.06 sq mi)
 • Water248.74 km2 (96.04 sq mi)
 Area as of 1 January 2014.
Population
 (31 December 2018)[2]
 • Total92,567
 • Density48/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
35002 - 35597
ISO 3166 codeSE
ProvinceSmåland
Municipal code0780
Websitewww.vaxjo.se

The municipality was created in 1971 by the amalgamation of the City of Växjö with the surrounding municipalities. The number of original local government entities (as of 1863) included in the present municipality is 29.

LocalitiesEdit

There are 12 urban areas (also called a Tätort or locality) in the City of Växjö.

In the table the localities are listed according to the size of the population as of December 31, 2006. The municipal seat is in bold characters.

# Locality Population
1 Växjö 66,275
2 Rottne 2,240
3 Lammhult 1,781
4 Ingelstad 1,667
5 Braås 1,608
6 Gemla 1,498
7 Åryd 671
8 Åby 447
9 Furuby 349
10 Nöbbele 244
11 Tävelsås 225

Environmental workEdit

Växjö Municipality has a long-term and strategic environmental and climate work and has called itself “The Greenest City in Europe” since 2007. It has its foundation in a long history of commitment to environmental issues, and ambitious goals for a green future. It is a vision shared with the citizens and the local companies.

In 2017 Växjö, was awarded the European Green Leaf Award 2018 by the European Commission. The prize is awarded to cities with less than 100 000 inhabitants that show good results and ambitions in terms of environment and committed to generate green growth.

Actions and resultsEdit

In the early 1970s, Lake Trummen was restored with good results. Twenty years later, the same was done with Växjösjön and Södra Bergundasjön. This was done since the lakes suffered from eutrophication. Through dredging, the damaged ecosystems were restored and today the lakes are fully bath-friendly with a rich wildlife. The aim to receive good water quality for the whole lake system continues and in 2014 the Municipal Council decided to take new actions.

In the 1980s, Växjö Energi AB, Veab, began small-scale use of biofuels in district heating. Thus, the heating plant became the first in Sweden to be fueled with biofuels in this way. In the coming decades, the project was expanded and in 2015, after the inauguration of a third co generation power plant, the heat and power production comes almost entirely from renewable sources.

In 1996, Växjö Municipality decided that it would be completely free from fossil fuels, to be achieved by year 2030. Between 1993 and 2015, carbon dioxide emissions in Växjö have decreased by 54%. This while the city has been able to show strong economic growth. In recent years, Växjö has invested a lot in high-rise wood buildings. Today Växjö is one of the cities where you find most ongoing projects of high-rise wood buildings in Sweden.

International relationsEdit

Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit

The municipality is twinned with:[3]

IndustryEdit

Largest employers in the municipality:

  1. Växjö Municipality 7,400
  2. Kronoberg County Administrative Board 4,000
  3. Linnaeus University 1,000
  4. Volvo Construction Equipment 800
  5. SAAB/Combitech 340
  6. Atea 300
  7. Alstom Power 300
  8. Visma SPCS 300
  9. Rottne Industri AB 250
  10. Södra Skogsägarna 230
  11. Getinge Disinfection 230
  12. Boss Media 210
  13. Staples Sweden (TG Skrivab) 210
  14. Coop Dagligvaruhandel 210
  15. Skanska 200
  16. Wexiodisk 185

(as of 2010-12-15: [1])

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 2014-01-01. Archived from the original (Microsoft Excel) on 2016-09-27. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  2. ^ "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 31 december 2018" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. February 21, 2019. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  3. ^ http://www.vaxjo.se/VaxjoTemplates/Public/Pages/Page.aspx?id=31662

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 56°53′N 14°48′E / 56.883°N 14.800°E / 56.883; 14.800