Kronoberg is a county with lots of lakes and forests, with towns that have good communications with the outside world. In some of the county's municipalities, there is a lack of available housing. Bus and train connections are good in the county, which makes matters easier for those who choose to live outside the population centres. There are good opportunities to work and live in different places in the county.
Business and employers
The largest public employer in the county is Växjö municipality, with 7,575 employees, while he large private employer is IKEA of Sweden AB, which has 1,075 employees. The largest number of employees work within health and medical care and social work. Almost the same number work in sales, hotels, restaurants and services in Kronoberg county. Kronoberg has previously held top place in the number of small companies, and is still high up on the list.
Schools and education
The Linneaus university is one of Sweden's newest seats of learning, formed in 2010 through a merger between Växjö university and Kalmar university. The Linnaeus university has a campus in each town. Around 40,000 students study on 150 educational programmes and 2,000 independent courses. The number of first-hand applications to the Linnaeus university has increased by 32 per cent since 2010.
The county has two hospitals, in Växjö and in Ljungby, and two emergency clinics. The county also has 32 medical centres, of which 11 are privately run, and Växjö has a forensic psychiatric regional clinic and a clinic for adult, as well as child and youth psychiatry.
Culture and leisure
Kronoberg county, which covers the central parts of Småland, is known for the Glass Country, but also for its beautiful cultural and natural surroundings. Växjö has Sweden's Glass Museum, a varied cultural life and a modern city library.
Växjö municipality was awarded the title of sports municipality of the year in 2013. The Arena city in Växjö is a centre for sports, education, leadership and commitment.
Kronoberg offers a wide range of cultural activities, with Småland's Museum and the House of Emigrants. The natural surroundings are attractive, with nature reserves and national parks, which are available for open-air life and natural experiences. Cultural reserves, such as Linnaeus' Råshult, are also located in in the county. Ljungby has the Ljungberg museum and the Story museum, among other attractions.