|• Total||456.34 km2 (176.19 sq mi)|
|• Land||412.55 km2 (159.29 sq mi)|
|• Water||43.79 km2 (16.91 sq mi)|
|Area as of January 1, 2014.|
|Population (December 31, 2016)|
|• Density||19/km2 (50/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||SE|
The nationwide local government reform of 1971 saw the creation of the present municipality, when three surrounding municipalities were amalgamated with the market town (köping) of Lessebo (itself instituted in 1939)
Lessebo Municipality is best known for the manufacture of glassware. It is located in Sweden's so-called Glasriket (Realm of Glass), which also includes the municipalities of Uppvidinge, Emmaboda and Nybro.
Besides the glass industry, Lessebo Municipality also has a manufacturer of handmade paper which was established in 1693, today an exclusive product mainly used for finer documents.
In its history, Lessebo Municipality still honours the Swedish emigration in the late 19th century, whereby many poor farmers from Sweden – many of them from Småland – emigrated to the U.S.. When Vilhelm Moberg wrote his acclaimed novels about this time, he located his main characters' home to the parish of Ljuder in eastern Lessebo Municipality. An honorary Walk of the Emigrants also stretches through the municipality and continues to Karlshamn in the south.
There are 4 urban areas (also called a Tätort or locality) in Lessebo 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.
- "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (Microsoft Excel) (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
- "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 31 december 2016" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. February 21, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
- Lessebo Municipality - Official site
- Glasriket - Official site, in Swedish, English and German
- Walk of the Emigrants
- Coat of arms