Växjö (vĕkˈshöˌ) [key], city (1990 pop. 46,740), capital of Kronoberg co., S Sweden. Manufactures include paper, textiles, furniture, matches, and machines. An old city, Växjö became the seat of a bishop c.1170 and was chartered in 1342. It has an impressive cathedral (12th cent.), the Emigrant Institute, and the Småland Museum, which contains a notable collection of glassware.
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