|Gävle has not always been called Gävle. The earliest documents from the early 1400s refer to the town as Gäfle or Gaeffla. Gävle was first mentioned as the town name in 1413 but its first known charter dates back to 1446. Today, almost 100 000 people reside in Gävle. Today’s visitors may not see so many traces of the Middle Ages, rather from the town’s heyday in the late 1800s. Back then shipping and shipbuilding made Gävle one of the nation’s most prominent cities. The town hall, municipal theater, the unique fire station and the great stone palaces bear witness to a city with a strong self-confidence and a lot of capital.|
|At the beginning of the last century some of Sweden’s largest brands emerged in the town. Gevalia, which will always be “the coffee for unexpected visits” and Läkerol – the pastille that makes people talk”. Just west of Gävle, Mackmyra Swedish Whisky is manufactured from local Swedish ingredients. The whiskey has already obtained the highest international standard and has supporters in several countries throughout the world. In only ten years, they have managed to create unique products and an attraction that has now grown further with the Mackmyra Whisky village.|
|Located just to the south is the classic Furuviksparken, a zoo with a large center for chimpanzees and orangutans. There is also an amusement park and Water Park here. The animals of the world have suffered greatly from the impacts of fossil fuel emissions and the park is Scandinavia’s first and only primate research center.|
|In Gävle, the Swedish Railway Museum can also be found with one of the world’s finest collections of trains and carriages. The Gävle Concert Hall is also a beautiful venue for diverse musical experiences – from Mongolian throat singing to the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, as well as rock bands. Art also has a special place in Gävle, both at the County Museum with one of Sweden’s finest collections of Swedish art from the 1600s onwards, as well as on the streets, squares, parks and on facades through a large number of donated sculptures.|
|In present day Gävle, new and old trade routes meet with strong industrial traditions and growth industries. We combine our experience with regional and national innovation. Gävle has an industry-oriented focus on renewable energy and logistics, GIS technology, hospitality/trade, as well as energy/climate. This is done in collaboration with industry segments and clusters.|
|Some large and important employers in Gävle today are Korsnäs (paper), Gevalia (coffee) and Syntronic (electronics). The University College has about 45 training programs and about 800 courses in humanities, social sciences, health sciences, education, sociology, science and technology and there are approximately 15,000 students. As an old shipping town Gävle, has turned its face once again to the open sea, as the new residential area called Gävle Strand grows.|
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