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Älmhult is a town in Småland in southern Sweden. The town has about 9,000 inhabitants, with a total of 15,000 in the municipality.
Älmhult was not more than a farming hamlet until 1862, when the Stockholm-Malmö railroad was built. The town has two claims for fame. Firstly, Carl Linnaeus, founder of systematic biology, was born on a farm near Älmhult (Linnaeus' Råshult) in 1707. Secondly, Älmhult is the spiritual home the furniture chain IKEA, the founder Ingvar Kamprad was born nearby in 1926 and in 1958 the first IKEA store opened here. IKEA maintains a strong presence in town. Älmhult has since long been associated with entrepreneurship and has an unusually high number of small businesses.
phone: +46 476-551 52address: Stortorget 1
While Älmhult is along the main railway between Stockholm and Malmö, only two to three high speed trains per day stops here with others requiring a change in Alvesta. Regional services such as Krösatågen and Öresundståg call here, bringing direct trains from Malmö, Kalmar, Växjö and even Copenhagen. is centrally located.
Älmhult is along road Riksväg 23 between Malmö and Växjö, note that this road is smaller then main highways.
phone: +46 476-213 18address: Råshult 78The birthplace of Carl Linnaeus. Today, the farm and surrounding farmland have been restored to their 18th century appearance. You can take a walk in the surrounding area guided by a map and a marked trail.
phone: +46 476-44 16 00address: Ikeagatan 5Showcasing the history of IKEA, also features a large selection of their most classical furniture series for display.
Music week in StenbrohultOne of Sweden's oldest annual musical event is organized by the church in Stenbrohult.
Family festivalMusical concerts and entertainment for the entire family gather some 10,000 attendees every year.
address: Handelsvägen 4The original IKEA, opened in 1958. Next to the regular store is IKEA Fyndvaruhus which sells factory seconds cheaply.
phone: +46 476-636 516address: Eriksgatan 6Listed in the prestigious White Guide over Nordic fine dining. Serves a varied European menu with focus on local ingredients.
phone: +46 476-158 84address: Stationsplan 5A pizza parlor in the old train station.
phone: +46 476-141 26address: Köpmangatan 6Upscale pizzeria that also has a lounge bar.
phone: +46 476-104 99address: Köpmangatan 21
phone: +46 476-64 11 00address: Ikeagatan 1Yes, IKEA maintains its own hotel here.
phone: +46 476-532 00address: Möckelsnäs 1
phone: +46 476-716 00address: Bökhult
- Växjö is the seat of the local county and bishopric.