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Gislaved Municipality

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Gislaved Municipality

Gislaveds kommun
Coat of arms of Gislaved Municipality
Coat of arms
Gislaved Municipality in Jönköping County.png
CountyJönköping County
 • MayorCarina Johansson (C)
 • Total1,220.72 km2 (471.32 sq mi)
 • Land1,137.08 km2 (439.03 sq mi)
 • Water83.64 km2 (32.29 sq mi)
 Area as of 1 January 2014.
 (31 December 2019)[2]
 • Total29,963
 • Density25/km2 (64/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeSE
Municipal code0662

Gislaved Municipality (Gislaveds kommun) is a municipality in Jönköping County in southern Sweden, with its seat located in the town Gislaved.

The present municipality was formed in 1974, when former municipalities were amalgamated. The number of entities in the area in 1863 was seventeen.

It regards itself as being both cultural and industry dominated,[3] as part of the Gnosjö region.

The city is being modernized with regards to shopping, eating and education, and to boost tourism in the state of Småland. New stores have moved in and two new commercial centers are to be built in 2015. The local school has moved up in rankings in a list comparing Sweden's schools. In 2006, the school was ranked #248 out of 250. In 2008, the school was ranked #180. The local Gymnasium (High School) was the seventh-best in the country, and in September 2008 the local library was announced the best library in Sweden.

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The municipality has been inhabited for a long time, but without any significant urban areas. At the turn of the 19th century it contained some 700 inhabitants. By 1949 it was eligible to receive rights as a köping, comparable to town rights. A coat of arms was designed for the occasion, traditionally used by the cities of Sweden. When the municipal reform was carried out in the 1970s, Gislaved adapted the still unused coat of arms as the municipal arms. The arms depict the insignia for a historical hostel nearby.

There are 19 churches in the municipality, the oldest from 1350. In the small town of Burseryd is a church bell that is even older. Its inscription was made with the Futhark alphabet and reads in translation "The year Anno Domine 1238 was this bell made. Bero wrote the inscription".[4] It is today the second oldest church bell in Sweden.


There are six nature reserves in the municipality. Rare plants and animals include the provincial flower the Twinflower (Linnaea borealis), the only flower named after the botanist Carl von Linné. Lake Bolmen lies in the south-east part of the municipality, with its main part in the Ljungby Municipality. It is the tenth largest lake in Sweden and offers fishing, canoeing and other nature activities.

Gislaved used to have a large tire factory under the same name as the town but it has shut down.


There are eight urban areas (also called a Tätort or locality) in Gislaved Municipality.

In the table the localities are listed according to the size of the population as of December 31, 2015. The municipal seat is in bold characters.

# Locality Population
1 Gislaved 10,180
2 Anderstorp 5,076
3 Smålandsstenar 4,564
4 Hestra 1,327
5 Reftele 1,289
6 Burseryd 932
7 Skeppshult 360
8 Broaryd 284

Government and politics

Distribution of the 49 seats in the municipal council after the 2018 election:

Results of the 2018 Swedish general election in Gislaved:

Gislaved Municipality is governed by a coalition between the Centre Party, the Moderate Party, the Christian Democrats and the Liberal Party with support from the Westbo Party. The coalition is led by Carina Johansson from the Centre Party, who is also Mayor since 1 January 2019, and Lars-Ove Bengtsson from the Centre Party who is President of the City Council. Marie Johansson from the Social Democrats heads the opposition.


The Scandinavian Raceway, near Anderstorp, was built in 1968.


  1. ^ "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 2014-01-01. Archived from the original (Microsoft Excel) on 2016-09-27. Retrieved 2014-04-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 31 december 2019" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. February 20, 2020. Retrieved February 20, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ 1: Official homepage
  4. ^ 2: The Swedish translation at the webpage reads: "Året efter herrens födelse 1238 blev denna klocka gjord. Bero skrev skriften".

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