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About the Växjö / Kalmar, Sweden Program

The Växjö/Kalmar program is a USAC partnership program. Learn more about on-site program elements and the city itself below.

About Växjö

People sitting on the dock with a sailboat in front of them in Växjö, Sweden.

  • Distance from Oslo: 256 miles
  • Distance from Copenhagen: 120 miles

Växjö is the capital of the Kronoberg region in southeastern Sweden. It was an important trading center as early as the eighth century and is located in the heart of the “Kingdom of Crystal,” so-called because world famous glassworks such as Kosta Boda and Orrefors are located there. Växjö is also known for its high-tech industry, paper and furniture manufacturing.

The area around Växjö has forests, pristine lakes, hiking trails and unspoiled countryside, making it an attractive area for those who love the outdoors. There is a rich cultural life as well as an active nightlife. You can visit beautiful medieval churches and historic castle ruins, a modern concert hall, cafés, museums, a cathedral and the Swedish Emigrant Institute, which commemorates the great emigration from 1850 to 1930 when 1.3 million Swedes immigrated to the US.

About Kalmar

Kalmar Castle in Kalmar, Sweden.

  • Distance from Oslo: 370 miles
  • Distance from Växjö: 75 miles

The Kalmar campus is located on Sweden’s Baltic Coast, opposite the island of Öland. The city of Kalmar was one of Sweden’s most important cities between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries and still has a magnificent, well-preserved Renaissance castle. Kalmar and the surrounding areas also have a long tradition of craftsmanship in textiles, ceramics, glass and furniture.