Carl Linnaeus, founder of systematic biology, was born on a farm near Älmhult (Linnaeus' Råshult) in 1707. Today, the farm and surrounding farmland have been restored to their 18th century appearance. You can take a walk in the surrounding area guided by a map and a marked trail.
Älmhult was not more than a farming hamlet until 1862, when the Stockholm-Malmö railroad was built. The town became known for entrepreneurship, and the first IKEA store opened here in 1953.