City Profiles

Växjö - Sweden

Climate change impacts

Compared to the reference period of years 1961-1990, the following, among others, are expected effects: increased average temperature by 2-3°C; decreased number of days with snow cover by 20-25%; Increased amount of annual precipitation by 5-10 %; Increased winter precipitation by 20%; increased number of days with precipitation over 10mm by 15-35%.

Main motivation for taking adaptation action

Växjö's adaptation goal is to identify municipal activities where further action needs to be taken in order to face climate change and to integrate adaptation in daily processes and planning. Växjö strives to not only reduce the negative impacts and costs for the municipality due to climate change, but also to embrace potential positive effects.

Adaptation strategy

Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
Yes, we have an adaptation strategy
Name of the strategy/ plan (If adopted)
Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2013
Date of strategy/plan approval
Apr 23, 2013
Summary of the strategy/plan
Växjö's Climate Change Adaptation Plan describes the actions the city administration needs to take in order to mitigate the negative effects of climate change. The plan was developed in a participatory process with representatives from many sectors and includes a vulnerability and risk assessment of expected climate change in the region. Based on this, actions have been defined and prioritized, and responsibilities have been assigned.

Planned adaptation actions

The highest priorities of action for the near future is given to investment plans for improved storm water management, highlighting important areas in the green structure management plan that can reduce urban heating and the effects of heavy rainfalls, actions to prevent high temperatures in schools and hospitals, and identifying the highest estimated water levels.

Good practice / spotlight item

Storm water management
Over the last 20-25 years, the city of Växjö has taken many actions to reduce the risk of flooding due to heavy rainfalls. Investment in storm water management technologies that are integrated in the landscape have been very successful. In spite of this, heavy rainfalls in August 2014 caused major parts of central Växjö to be flooded, and made it clear that the current system is not capable of handling the heaviest rainfalls. More information about Växjö's storm water management can be found in a case study on Climate-ADAPT.
What sectors are concerned
  • Urban
  • Water management
In August 2014, central Växjö suffered from flooding after heavy rainfall.

Climate change impacts

  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Ice and Snow
  • Water Scarcity
  • Storms
  • Droughts
  • Flooding

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Urban
  • Buildings
  • Biodiversity
  • Health
  • Water Management
  • Transport


Bo Frank


86000 inhabitants

Contact person

Henrik Johansson
Environmental Coordinator


Mayors Adapt signatory

Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Aug 28, 2014

Last Update

Oct 18, 2016

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