Jämjö is a locality in the province of Blekinge in southern Sweden. With a population of around 2.700, it is one of a few larger localities in the vicinity of the area’s main town Karlskrona. The area has since 1974 been a part of Karlskrona Municipality but has a history as the center for the local parish.
A Short History of Jämjö
Jämjö has since the Middle Ages been the center of the local parish and a settlement has developed around the parish church. The name was in the 16th century spelled Jemgöde but has since been shortened and adjusted in stages to its current spelling that was established in 1901.
The railway arrived at Jämjö at the end of the 19th century. The small village started the 20th century with smaller industrialized manufacturing. There were smaller factories for starch and cement as well as a diary established in the village. The railway did, however, only survive until 1965 when it was decommissioned.
In 1862, the Jämjö Parish was split into a civilian municipality and a church congregation. The municipality became 1974 a part of Karlskrona Municipality.
Things to Do and See
Watching cars drive through along the E22 might not be interesting enough after a few hours. When the need to explore takes over, where to start? There is the obvious choice, which is the church.It has both a long history and is one of the area’s most prominent buildings. But there is also plenty of nature to enjoy before continuing along any adventure.
The church was inaugurated in 1826 and replaced an older stone church that had been demolished a few years earlier. Its predecessor dated back to the Middle Ages. The current church is part of Jämjö Congregation within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden.
Ådalen is an area close to the center of the village with a popular hiking trail through a larger area of nature. Local websites tend to highlight the blooming of the wood anemone in spring.
Häljarum Nature Reserve
Häljarum is a small nature reserve to the east of Jämjö. It was established in 2004 and covers an area of 1.7 hectares. The reserve consists of areas of sand, grass, and forests. It is especially the sandy areas that give the area a unique flora and fauna.
How to Get to Jämjö
- Flights: The closest airport is Ronneby Airport (RNB) 44 kilometers away. The airport has a few domestic routes as well as seasonal charter flights.
- Car: Jämjö is along road E22 between Bergkvara and Karlskrona.
- Bus: Buses from Blekingetrafiken connect Jämjö with the surrounding region.
The driving distance from 5 major Swedish cities, according to Google Maps:
- Stockholm – 477 kilometers (5 h 18 min)
- Gothenburg – 343 kilometers (4 h 16 min)
- Malmö – 212 kilometers (2 h 23 min)
- Linköping – 291 kilometers (3 h 42 min)
- Kiruna – 1707 kilometers (19 h 12 min)
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