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Växjö is a city and the seat of Växjö Municipality, Kronoberg County, Sweden, 63,479 inhabitants (2013). It is the administrative, cultural and industrial centre of Kronoberg County. Furthermore, it is the episcopal see of the Diocese of Växjö. It has a population of about 64,200, out of a municipal a total of 85,000 inhabitants. The town is home to Linnaeus University.EtymologyThe city's name is believed to be constructed from the words "väg" and "sjö", meaning the road over the frozen Växjö Lake that farmers took in the winter to get to the marketplace that later became the city.HistoryIn contrast to what was believed a century ago, there is no evidence of a special pre-Christian significance of the site. The pagan cultic center of Värend may have been located at Hov, a village nearby.Even though the city has been an Episcopal see since the 12th century, it did not get its city charter until 1342, issued by Magnus Eriksson. During the Middle Ages Växjö did not have many pious institutions. A Franciscan monastery was established in 1485. There was a hospital of the Holy Ghost, first mentioned in 1318. In the 14th century Växjö got its first school, Växjö katedralskola, that was much visited. By 1643 it received gymnasium status.
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