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last updated: October 5, 2005


Jönköping is strategically located at the southern tip of the big Lake Vättern. It has excellent communication links and is close to Stockholm, Copenhagen and Gothenburg. With a population of 116,000 and an area of 1,486 square kilometres, Jönköping is one of the ten largest cities in Sweden.

Jönköping is well-known as being the home of the match. It was in the 19th century, that the Swedish safety match became an export commodity and Jönköping became the match capital of the world. Now the match factory is closed, but the reputation of Jönköping as an innovative region is still strong. In fact, the Jönköping region is recognised for its many successful small and medium size enterprises. Its trade and industry are dynamic and multifaceted.