Vetlanda (pronunciation) is a locality and the seat of Vetlanda Municipality, Jönköping County, Sweden with 13,050 inhabitants in 2010.[1]

Vetlanda Town Hall
Vetlanda Town Hall
Vetlanda is located in Jönköping
Vetlanda is located in Sweden
Coordinates: 57°26′N 15°04′E / 57.433°N 15.067°E / 57.433; 15.067Coordinates: 57°26′N 15°04′E / 57.433°N 15.067°E / 57.433; 15.067
CountyJönköping County
MunicipalityVetlanda Municipality
 • Total10.17 km2 (3.93 sq mi)
 (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total13,050
 • Density1,283/km2 (3,320/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)


Vetlanda was still nothing more than a village for several centuries. With the 1840s population boom in Småland, and the industrial revolution winning ground in Sweden, the industry expanded and people settled in the village. With the railways crossing Vetlanda in the late 19th century the population further blossomed, and Vetlanda got the title of a city on New Year's Day 1920, at which time its population amounted to 3,015.

The coat of arms was selected as an ear of wheat, a derivation of the arms for the old jurisdiction Östra Härad (sv), wherein Vitala was rumoured to have been the centre, that depicted three ears of wheat. The present spelling Vetlanda did not come into use until the 1920s, before that it was known as Hvetlanda, a form that can be found in several companies and organizations.

In the 19th century, wood industry got a stronghold in Vetlanda, a position it still has today. Manufacturing is large in Vetlanda: besides wood industries there are also strong metal industries and other factories.

In 2021, the city was a scene to a mass stabbing attack.[2]


Ukraine national bandy team in Vetlanda at their first World Championship

The city used to have one of the oldest rowing clubs in the country, Vetlanda Roddarsällskap, which disbanded in 1982. Vetlanda also has two sports teams that compete in the highest league in their sports, Elit Vetlanda Speedway and Vetlanda bandyklubb. VBK has won the Swedish bandy championship three times, 1986, 1991 and 1992 and European Cup once, 1991. Skirö-Nävelsjö Bandy, playing in the second-tier Allsvenskan, is also situated in Vetlanda.

In 2013, the B-pool of the Bandy World Championship was played in Vetlanda.[3]

Notable nativesEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km2 2005 och 2010" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 27 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Sweden attack: Terrorism suspected after mass stabbing in Vetlanda". BBC News. 2021-03-03. Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  3. ^ Söderman, Andreas (22 July 2012). "SvenskaFans". (in Swedish). Retrieved 9 March 2021.
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