The old town
|• Total||8.34 km2 (3.22 sq mi)|
|Elevation||215 m (705 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2010)|
|• Density||1,163/km2 (3,010/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||575 xx|
|Area code(s)||(+46) 38|
The city of Eksjö most likely appeared sometime in the medieval ages when it was the centre for the thing, a regional council. Its first mentioned is from the 14th century. It was given its charter in the early 15th century by the King Erik av Pommern.
After the crowning of King Gustav Vasa in the 1524, the partisan leader Nils Dacke led a rebellion. Dacke took control of the area and was supported by the locals, also in Eksjö. After Dacke had been killed by the Royal army, his body parts were hung in public places, as to quench any notions of new uprising. Eksjö was one of the towns were body parts of Dacke were on public display. This may also have contributed to the decision of Gustav Vasa to revoke the city charter of Eksjö in 1544. There are several monuments and folk museums honouring these times around the province and in Eksjö municipality, and in the dense Smålandian forests where Dacke lived.
The city emerged as a centre for the oxen trades but never really prospered and remained a small town until a heath outside the town became the point of assembly for the Småland Regiment (Smålands Regemente). The city continued to be in the center of military establishments, with the coming of the engineering battalion and the Husars of Småland, in southern Sweden, hence the lack of large industrial establishments.
Notable People from Eksjö
- Niklas Hjalmarsson, Professional ice hockey defenceman for the Chicago Blackhawks
- Reverend F. M. Johnson of Mission Covenant Church Chicago, Illinois 1857-1930 http://flps.newberry.org/article/5423404_5_0407
Like many other Swedish cities it was struck by fire in the 19th century, with half of the city burning down in 1856. But a large part of the city, the northern parts, are largely intact, with some parts still remaining since the construction of the city in 1568.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Eksjö is twinned with:
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- "Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km2 2005 och 2010" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.