Vimmerby (pronunciation) is a city and the seat of Vimmerby Municipality, Kalmar County, Sweden with 10,934 inhabitants in 2010.[1]

Vimmerby in June 2008
Vimmerby in June 2008
Coat of arms of Vimmerby
Vimmerby is located in Kalmar
Vimmerby is located in Sweden
Coordinates: 57°40′N 15°51′E / 57.667°N 15.850°E / 57.667; 15.850
CountyKalmar County
MunicipalityVimmerby Municipality
Charter14th century
 • Total7.56 km2 (2.92 sq mi)
 (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total100,934
 • Density1,050/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)


Stångån is a small river running through the city.

Vimmerby had its charter as early as the fourteenth century. The main street, Storgatan, still has the shape in which it was built in the medieval time. There are also many old wooden houses in the city.[2]

Vimmerby is currently a tourist attraction due to historical links with Swedish author Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002). The Astrid Lindgren's World is a theme park for children that has themes from her books, and is visited by fans from around the world. When Astrid Lindgren wrote her books about the country boy Emil of Lönneberga she used much information from her own upbringing in the rural areas of Vimmerby.[3][4]

Another well-known person from Vimmerby is Swedish record international goalkeeper Thomas Ravelli.

Vimmerby ChurchEdit

Vimmerby Church (Vimmerby kyrka) was built in 1854-1855. The church is built in a neoclassical style with a church tower to the west. The baptismal font is carved in granite and dates from around the year 1200. The pulpit was made in 1713 by the sculptor Olof Jonasson Wiström (1666- 1720). The altarpiece was added in 1877 and was painted by artist Sven Alfred Thörne (1850-1916). [5][6]



The following sports clubs are located in Vimmerby:

Twin towns — sister citiesEdit

The following cities are twinned with Vimmerby:


  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. ^ "Vimmerbys Historia". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Astrid Lindgren, 1907-2002". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Astrid Lindgren's World in Vimmerby". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Sven Alfred Thörne". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  6. ^ "Vimmerby kyrka". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  7. ^ "About Our City". City of Fargo. Archived from the original on 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
  8. ^ "International Relations". Retrieved 29 April 2014.

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