Vetlanda Municipality

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Vetlanda Municipality
Vetlanda kommun
Municipality
Coat of arms of Vetlanda Municipality
Coat of arms
Vetlanda Municipality in Jönköping County.png
Country Sweden
County Jönköping County
Seat Vetlanda
Area[1]
 • Total 1,600.43 km2 (617.93 sq mi)
 • Land 1,500.51 km2 (579.35 sq mi)
 • Water 99.92 km2 (38.58 sq mi)
  Area as of January 1, 2014.
Population (December 31, 2013)[2]
 • Total 26,419
 • Density 17/km2 (43/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code SE
Province Småland
Municipal code 0685
Website www.vetlanda.se

Vetlanda Municipality (Vetlanda kommun) is a municipality in Jönköping County, in southern Sweden where the town of Vetlanda is the seat.

The municipality was created in 1971, when the City of Vetlanda (instituted in 1920) was amalgamated with the surrounding rural municipalities to form a unitary municipality. In 1863, when the first local government acts in Sweden came into force, there were more than 20 entities within the area of the present municipality.

Vetlanda is the birthplace of Johan Franzén, professional ice hockey center playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League.

Geography[edit]

Vetlanda Municipality is the largest municipality in Jönköping County. The municipality is situated on the South Swedish highlands, an area situated some 250 meters above sea level and also includes Eksjö Municipality and Nässjö Municipality. It is a sight worthy nature that is visited by tourists for the scenery alone.

The distance to any of the three largest Swedish cities Malmö (south-west), Gothenburg (west) and Stockholm (north-east) is rather similar; about 300 km.

History[edit]

The history of Vetlanda goes back to at least the medieval age when it was the seat for the regional assembly called þing (thing). According to the imaginations of Petter Rudebeck (1660–1710), Vetlanda was before that known as Vitala, and the centre of a mythological kingdom. However, all later archeological research have failed in finding any evidence of it. But the myth was popular during the 18th and 19th century, which displays in the naming of several companies and locations around the municipality.

Localities[edit]

There are 12 urban areas (also called a Tätort or locality) in Vetlanda Municipality.

In the table the localities are listed according to the size of the population as of December 31, 2005. The municipal seat is in bold characters.

# Locality Population
1 Vetlanda 12,691
2 Ekenässjön 1,551
3 Landsbro 1,454
4 Holsbybrunn 780
5 Korsberga 731
6 Myresjö 644
7 Kvillsfors 560
8 Sjunnen 417
9 Skede 345
10 Björköby 312
11 Pauliström 257
12 Nye 203

Sports[edit]

Vetlanda boasts successful clubs in bandy (Vetlanda BK) and in motorcycle speedway (Vetlanda Speedway).

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Coordinates: 57°26′N 15°04′E / 57.433°N 15.067°E / 57.433; 15.067