Småland

A lake near Växjö in Småland

Småland could be called the home of Swedish culture.

Småland has enchanted forests, idyllic glades, mirror-like lakes and falun-red homesteads where Vilhelm Moberg’s “emigrants” live (they featured in a terrific film starring Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow) and the characters of Astrid Lindgren’s children’s books. The latter are also found in Astrid Lindgren’s World in Vimmerby, which is an unforgettable experience for many children and a great place to visit.

The Wild West, complete with Indians and cowboys, can be found in the High Chaparral amusement park at Store Mosse National Park, between Värnamo and Gislaved.

The Polkagrisar in Gränna (red and white striped candy canes) also attract many visitors, as well as the Kingdom of Crystal (“Glasriket”) in the southeast of Småland. The castle in Kalmar is particularly Impressive.

Three regions

Småland consists of three regions or counties (which are called “län” in Swedish):

  • In the north, you will find Jönköping County with the centres of Jönköping/Huskvarna, Värnamo, Nässjö, Tranås and Vetlanda.
  • In the east, you will find Kalmar County with the centres of Kalmar, Västervik, Oskarshamn and Nybro (with the Kingdom of Crystal).
  • And in the south, lies Kronoberg County with the city of Växjö (the county’s administrative centre) and the town of Ljungby.

Although the island of Öland belongs to Kalmar County, it does not belong to Småland. It is an historical province of its own, Sweden’s smallest in fact.

Our recommendations for Småland

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Gränna

Gränna by Lake Vättern in Småland

The candy canes in Gränna

Växjö in Småland

Växjö

Kingdom of Crystal, Småland

The Kingdom of Crystal

Hotels and holiday homes in Småland

  You can book your hotel stay here:
Hotels in Småland

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Holiday homes in Småland