Småland is a province in Götaland, with more than 700,000 inhabitants. The forested inland is popular getaway for Swedes as well as foreigners.


The name Småland means the small lands. The lands, or sub-provinces, were Finnveden, Värend, Njudung and others.

Since Småland is divided into three counties: North-western Jönköping County, south-western Kronoberg County, and eastern Kalmar County (including Öland).


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During the 16th and 17th century, Småland was the border province between Sweden and Denmark, and the stage for several wars. Småland's poor soils have forced waves of emigration, not least during the 19th century where many inhabitants left for North America. In modern times, Småland is known for entrepreneurship, with glass manufacturing as well as world-famous furniture retailer IKEA.

The stereotype of the Småland people being frugal, hard-working and pious, has to some extent been formed by writers such as Astrid Lindgren (see also Astrid Lindgren tourism) and Vilhelm Moberg.

Get in

By plane

In Småland, there are airports at Jönköping, Växjö and Kalmar. International travellers can use the Copenhagen airport and connect by train.

By train
By bus

Swebus express from Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.

Get around

By train and bus



The countryside contains many old farmhouses for sale or rent.

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