Ljungby Municipality

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Ljungby Municipality
Ljungby kommun
Municipality
Coat of arms of Ljungby Municipality
Coat of arms
Ljungby Municipality in Kronoberg County.png
Country Sweden
County Kronoberg County
Seat Ljungby
Area[1]
 • Total 1,994.9833 km2 (770.2674 sq mi)
 • Land 1,747.7533 km2 (674.8113 sq mi)
 • Water 247.23 km2 (95.46 sq mi)
  Area as of January 1, 2014.
Population (December 31, 2016)[2]
 • Total 28,008
 • Density 14/km2 (36/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code SE
Province Småland
Municipal code 0781
Website www.ljungby.se

Ljungby Municipality (Ljungby kommun) is a municipality in Kronoberg County, southern Sweden, where the town Ljungby is seat.

In 1971 the City of Ljungby (1936-1970) was amalgamated with the rural municipalities surrounding it, thus creating the present municipality. In 1974 a minor adjustment of the boundaries took place. There are 19 original entities within the area.

Geography[edit]

Ljungby Municipality contains a little more plains than average in Småland. Lakes, forests and plains are never far away. The tenth largest lake in Sweden, Bolmen, is located in the north-western part of the municipality. The town Ljungby is visited by thousands of tourists, mainly from Germany, every summer.

History[edit]

Ljungby Municipality traces its history back to the Viking Age. Vikings followed the river Lagan and lived in its vicinity, and one of the locations were in what is now Ljungby Municipality.

In the 14th century several important medieval roads went through the municipality. In that century, an inn was established, and this was to form the center of Ljungby town.

During the 19th century the area closest to Ljungby itself consisted mostly of sand without any vegetation, and the government released funds to plant trees which would tie together the sand and make it suitable for plants.

Localities[edit]

There are 8 urban areas (also called a tätort or locality) in Ljungby Municipality.

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

# Locality Population
1 Ljungby 14,810
2 Lagan 1,751
3 Ryssby 689
4 Lidhult 635
5 Kånna 365
6 Vittaryd 306
7 Angelstad 276
8 Agunnaryd 215

Sister cities[edit]

The following cities are twinned with Ljungby:

Notability[edit]

Memorial stone near the crash site.
  • The opera singer Christina Nilsson was discovered while performing at the Ljungby market in 1857.
  • Metallica bassist Cliff Burton died on a highway within the municipality when the band's tour bus overturned on 27 September 1986.

Born here[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (Microsoft Excel) (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 31 december 2016" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. February 21, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 56°50′N 13°56′E / 56.833°N 13.933°E / 56.833; 13.933