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
Gränna, dont miss it!!
Gränna was founded in 1652 by count Per Brahe. Hence, the city is also known as the count´s city. The Brahe family has had a lot of influence over the history of Gränna, a fact that is still obvious up to this day.
Gränna truly is one of the most beautiful cities in Sweden. The steep cross-streets and the magnificent gardens makes it a picturesque town, and the sunny location at the Gränna mountain with lake Vättern and the island Visingsö in the background only adds to the beauty.
Walk the streets and visit the small shops and craftsmen, the restaurants and cafés and of course try the peppermint rocks that the city is so famous for. A great destination for a trip is the Gränna mountain, where one can enjoy the beautiful view over Gränna and its surroundings.
A peppermint rock from Gränna is one of the most popular Swedish souvenirs one can find. The whole peppermint rock business started when the poor widow Amalia Erikson in 1859 applied at the city council for permission to open a peppermint rock bakery.
The original recipe of the sticks of hard mint candy Amalia kept a secret, but the production continued anyway and Amalia has had plenty of successors. Now there is a statue of Aunt Amalia in the southern park in Gränna. It is quite fascinating to visit one of the bakeries and see the making of the rocks. They come in all shapes, sizes and flavours nowadays, but remember, an original peppermint rock from Gränna is always red and white and striped!
One of the most well known sights in Gränna is Brahehus, the mighty ruin on the ridge above Gränna. It is the remains of a pavilion that Per Brahe junior erected in 1640. A fire down below in Uppgränna 1708 spread to the castle and destroyed it completely.
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Brunnsgatan 13-15, Jönköping, 55317, Sweden
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