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WELCOME TO VÄXJÖ!. The history of Växjö 1200 Växjö became an Episcopal see, a city of learning and a centre of commerce and culture 1342 King Magnus Eriksson.

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2 The history of Växjö 1200 Växjö became an Episcopal see, a city of learning and a centre of commerce and culture 1342 King Magnus Eriksson granted Växjö its town charter 1542 Nils Dacke of Kronoberg Castle led the peasant revolt against King Gustav Vasa 1643 The establishment of Växjö's first high school with 500 students It began 3000 - 4000 years ago... Areas around lakes and waterways were cleared. In the 11th century, Sigfrid the English missionary arrived in Värend as the first Christian messenger.

3 The history of Växjö 1658 The Peace of Roskilde moves the border south of Växjö to Öresund 1727 The king of botany, Carl von Linné – one of Sweden's most famous figures – graduates in Växjö 1843 The whole of Växjö was burned to the ground. But the cathedral and school buildings remained standing. Local paper headlines: "Växjö is no more"

4 The modern history of Växjö In the early 1900s, Växjö began to grow and expand. 1900 The population trebled in just over 50 years. At the turn of the century 7400 people lived in Växjö. In 1940, the figure was 15,600 1940 Södra Skogsägarna was established as a business. Today, this is an international forestry group 1950 – 60 Svenska Fläktfabriken and Telub were established in Växjö. New housing estates developed. Växjö became a branch of Lund University in 1967 1970 Växjö's position as a city of learning is confirmed. 37,000 residents in Växjö

5 The modern history of Växjö 1980 Växjö is home of world-famous tennis star Mats Wilander and racing champion Lill-Lövis. In 1981, Öster, the Växjö football team in the highest league, wins its fourth gold in the Swedish Championships 1992 Växjö celebrates its 650th anniversary 1999 Växjö granted university status 2006 The city of Växjö now has 54, 000 inhabitants and 77, 000 live in the region as a whole


7 Distributions of seats in the City Council Partynumber of seats Conservative Party16 Centre Party 6 Liberal Party 4 Christian Democrats 4 Social Democrats20 Left-Wing Party 6 Green Party 3 Swedish democrats 2

8 How is the money spent? Växjö Local Authority operations cost approx. SEK 2.3 billion net. Geriatric care (32,4%) Child care (9,8%) Technical operations (3,2%) Governing council (5,6%) Miscellaneous (2,6%) Social security (6,9%) Culture and leisure (5,4%) Education (34,1%)

9 External revenues State subsidy (19,9%) Financial revenues (1,8%) Fees (8,2%) Miscellaneous (8,8%) Tax (61,3%)

10 Växjö local authority organisation CITY COUNCIL (61) Child and Youth Committee Executive Committee Equal Opportunities Committee Schools and child care board Local authority council in Lammhult Social welfare board Local housing committee Cultural committee Technical committee Sports and recreation committee Environment and public health committee Election committee Upper secondary education committee Care committee Guardianship committee Integration committee

11 Municipal companies and institutions Växjö Kommunfastigheter AB (KFAB) Vidingehem AB Värendshus AB Hyresbostäder I Växjö AB Växjöhem AB Växjö Fastighetsförvaltning AB (VÖFAB) Braås Industrifastigheter AB Vidéum Fastighets AB PROPERTY (PARENT COMPANY) Stiftelsen Braåsbyggen Växjö Energi AB (VEAB) Växjö Energi Elnät ELECTRICITY AND HEATING (PARENT COMPANY) Växjö Flygplats AB (42%) AIRPORTS Växjö kommuns parkerings AB CAR PARKS Växjö Teater AB THEATRES MFA Sydost AB (24,3%) TOXIC WASTE

12 Working for equality in Växjö Programme for Equal Opportunities The Local Authorities put equality work into practice: - Forming public opinion, goals that concern citizens of the region - Goals that concern the work and service provided by the local authorities - Goals that concern its 6000 employees, i.e. employment philosophy - Goals that concern the elected representatives’, women's and men's representation and conditions in politics The Committee for Equal Opportunities works to form public opinion

13 Activities for the promotion of equal opportunities Annual equal opportunity prize awarded Spread awareness of the five master suppression techniques Annual national conference on equal opportunities Shorter working hours - more pay or less hours? Annual offer to all employees Employment assessment - equal pay for equivalent work Information about equal opportunities, integration and the Child Convention. All three aspects should be an intricate part of everyday work

14 Our work affects everyone! 6000 employees in administration 600 workplaces 150 professional categories 300 managers 19 union organisations 80% women 400 employees in municipal companies

15 An attractive employer Individual choices and flexibility Personnel programme 2000 Idea catalogue for improved working environment Shorter working hours Employment assessment Personnel club Occupational health care Trainee programme


17 Large companies/employers in the region Landstinget Kronoberg Växjö kommun Växjö universitet Volvo Construction Equipment AB Alwex Transport AB Saab AB ICA Handlarna AB A-betong Precon AB Smålandsposten Thorsman Växjö AB Skanska Sverige AB Sörman Posten Sverige Carrier Refrigeration AB Atea Sverige AB IST International Software Trading TG Skrivab AB Alstom Power Sweden AB Getinge Disinfection AB SÖDRA Wexiödisk AB Visma SPCS KF Fläkt Woods AB Adecco Rottne Industrier Balco TietoEnator Boss Media IV Produkt AB Combitech AB

18 Employment by industry/business Industry/business Number employed Municipality % Sweden % Trade and communications 7 992 20,5 18,4 Health and social care 6 995 17,9 16,1 Manufacturing and mining 5 724 14,7 18,3 Financial and business services 5 402 13,8 14,1 Education and research 4 231 10,9 10,3 Personal and cultural services 2 448 6,3 7,1 Construction 2 304 5,9 5,6 Public administration, etc. 1 916 4,9 5,8 Non-specified activities 1 040 2,7 1,9 Agriculture, forestry and fishing 716 1,8 1,8 Energy, water and waste 242 0,6 0,6 Total 39 010 100 100 Refers to ages 16 and over. Source: Statistics Sweden 2004

19 Growth – it´s happening in Växjö! Increasing population. 954 new inhabitants in 2002 1400 new dwellings / houses in 2002- 2003 Call Centre/Contact Centre + 500 people Möbelriket - the furniture design centre of Sweden Växjö University is expanding Police Academy InternetCitySome 300 new businesses are registered annually (Approximately 7000 companies, of which 400 are IT companies.)

20 Growth – it´s happening in Växjö! Samarkand - shopping centre Cinema complex New city library Tennis Centre Golfriket - golf centre Swimming baths with adventure pool Arenastaden World Trade Center New independent schools set up


22 Dynamic Växjö "Our vision is that a collaboration between the local authorities and regional businesses will help to market our region and enhance its attraction and thereby increase economic growth. By emphasising its special values and promoting what Växjö really has to offer, we are creating the right conditions for attracting new inhabitants and successful, interesting businesses. Växjö should be associated with creativity, enterprise, growth and optimism for the future."

23 The goal is that by 2010 Växjö will have… At least 82,000 citizens in the region Three times the current number of R&D companies At least 4000 more jobs (net)

24 The brands four profiles Trade and industry Favourable business climate, stimulative spirit of enterprise Expertise in the broadest sense University and school city Its geographical position A regional centre of power between the Öresund Region and Mälardalen Range of experiences Culture, sports, countryside


26 Växjö university 63 education programmes Approximately 15, 000 students Exchange programmes with over 300 universities worldwide The current figure of 60 professors will increase to 90 over the next five years 900 research, teaching and administration staff 1200 courses in 50 different subjects

27 Research profiles Forest, timber and bio-energy Labour market, migration and ethnic relations Business and corporate development Education and didactics


29 2000 Local Initiatives Awards Winner for Excellence in Atmospheric Protection 2007 City of Växjö received Sustainable Energy Europe Award 2007 in the category Sustainable Community. Fossil Fuel Free programme is an overall program to reduce human impact on global climate change. City of Växjö - Award Winner

30 Environmental history  VEAB – the municipality’s energy company, bio energy and district heating, 1980’s  Yearly Environmental report since 1994  Decision to be Fossil Fuel Free Växjö, 1996  Governmental Ecological Investment Grants from national and EU-level (Klimp, EU-projects)

31 Every day work  Environmental management system - ecoBUDGET  Environmental programme, adopted by city council 2006  Projects (finance partly from National and European level)

32 Living life Vision In Växjö, we have the vision that we will, live and act so as to contribute to sustainable development where our consumption and production are resource-effective and pollution free. Our nature Vision We have the vision that clear water, fresh air and a diverse natural and cultural environment, with a rich biological diversity will characterise the town, and the urban and rural areas of the municipality.

33 Fossil Fuel Free Växjö Vision We have the vision of a fossil fuel free Växjö, where our energy consumption does not lead to any climate change. The City of Växjö strives to use energy from renewable sources of energy, to use energy efficiently and to go over to a fossil fuel free transport system. The emissions of carbon dioxide from Växjö have decreased by 30 % per capita between 1993 and 2006.

34 Fossil Fuel Free Växjö Prioritized areas to create a fossil fuel free Växjö: Transports - Municipal car-sharing with environmentally adapted cars. - Good network of cycle paths. - Education in eco-driving. - Free parking for environmentally adapted cars. - Increased biogas production, to be used for vehicles. Energy - Increase use of bio-fuel by extend the district heating and cooling. - Construction of energy efficient houses.

35 Emissions of fossil CO2 (kg/inh)

36 Local climate commission The local climate commission was founded in February 2007. The purpose is to find out what have to be done to achieve a fossil fuel free city. The commission consists of representatives from the politicians, the university and the business sector

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