The municipality of Jönköping...
The municipality of Jönköping
The countryside around Jönköping with its verdant, rolling hills speckled with lakes, forests and farms is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful in Sweden. Jönköping itself, an old town, whose charter was granted in the thirteenth century, is set at the southern end of Lake Vättern, the second largest lake in Sweden. Jönköping is one of the ten largest cities in Sweden with a population of about 117,000.
The strategic location of Jönköping, approximately 300 kilometres from Stockholm and 150 kilometres from Gothenburg, has made the city a popular venue for expositions and conferenses.Jönköping is known today as a leading centre for transport and communication and Elmia is internationally known for its specialised trade fairs and conferences. There are excellent communication links to Jönköping with major cities in Sweden and with the continent via Copenhagen by either air, train or bus.
In addition, Jönköping is a growing city for higher education. Today there are about 7 000 university students studying in Jönköping.
The University of Jönköping comprises three independent schools, the Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), the School of Education and Communication and the School of Engineering. These three schools, although linked under the University of Jönköping umbrella, are, in fact, separate entities each having its own Board of Directors.
The University of Jönköping is one of only three 'foundation' universities in Sweden. This entails that the University of Jönköping answers directly to an appointed Board of Governors instead of the Ministry of Education. This status provides the University the luxury of more freedom especially in the area of hiring and research.
Jönköping is also the home of the University College of Health Sciences with approximately 2 000 students, located directly across the street from the University of Jönköping. The University College of Health Sciences is managed by the Jönköping county.
The Jönköping region is one of the world´s most known areas for its many successful small and medium sized enterprises. The trade and industry are dynamic, multifaceted and successful. The number of registered companies totals about 9 000, of which about 3 300 are joint-stock companies. The well-known groups Electrolux, ABB and Saab have extensive activities in the area. Other large companies are among others Munksjö, Viking Sewing machines AB, Pakenso, Tambox, IKEA and the Herenco-, ROL- and ITAB-groups. Jönköping is residence and administrative centre in the region. Several of the government authorities are situated in Jönköping, for example the Swedish Board of Agriculture, the National Courts Administration and the National Board of Forestry