|Gävle was first mentioned as a town in official documents in 1413 but its first known charter dates back to 1446. Today, more than 100 000 people lives in the Gävle municipality, and the town is growing. As an old shipping town Gävle, has turned its face once again to the open sea, with the new residential area called Gävle Strand.Today’s visitors may not see so many traces of the Middle Ages, rather from the town’s heyday in the late 1800s, when trade and industrial manufacturing, shipping and shipbuilding made Gävle one of the nation’s most prominent cities. The town hall, the theatre, the unique fire station and the great stone residential buildings, locally called 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”. Though the old shipyards has closed down, the important harbour remains (top three regarding container shipping in Sweden).Just west of Gävle, Mackmyra Swedish Whisky is manufactured from local Swedish ingredients. This 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 combined amusement park and zoo with a large centre for chimpanzees and orangoutans. Furuviksparken is Scandinavia’s first and only primate research centre.|
|In Gävle, the Swedish Railway Museum can also be found with one of the world’s finest collections of trains and carriages (closed for renovation in 2019). 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 BillerudKorsnäs (paper and paper pulp), Gevalia (coffee) and Syntronic (electronics). The University College has about 50 programmes and about 400 courses in humanities, social sciences, health sciences, education, sociology, science and technology and there are approximately 16,000 students.
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