Gävle Municipality

Gävle Municipality (Gävle kommun) is a municipality in east central Sweden. The municipal seat is located in the Stad (city) of Gävle.

Gävle Municipality
Gävle kommun
Gävle Firestation
Gävle Firestation
Coat of arms of Gävle Municipality
Gävle Municipality in Gävleborg County.png
Coordinates: 60°40′N 17°10′E / 60.667°N 17.167°E / 60.667; 17.167Coordinates: 60°40′N 17°10′E / 60.667°N 17.167°E / 60.667; 17.167
CountyGävleborg County
 • Total3,199.84 km2 (1,235.47 sq mi)
 • Land1,613.37 km2 (622.93 sq mi)
 • Water1,586.47 km2 (612.54 sq mi)
 Area as of 1 January 2014.
 (31 December 2021)[2]
 • Total103,136
 • Density32/km2 (83/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeSE
Municipal code2180

Geographically the municipality is situated north of the mouth of the river Dalälven and is the southernmost municipality of the historical land of Norrland.

The present municipality was created in 1971, when the City of Gävle was amalgamated with four surrounding rural municipalities. All of them were original entities, instituted as municipalities by the local government acts of 1862. The area had not been affected by the national subdivision reform in 1952.


Gävle is situated by the Baltic Sea near the mouth of the river Dalälven. At 60 degrees north and 17 degrees east, Gävle has the same latitude as Helsinki and the same longitude as Vienna and Cape Town.

Gävle has a similar climate to the rest of central Sweden with an average temperature of −5 °C (23 °F) in January and 17 °C (63 °F) in July. Yearly rainfall is around 600 mm (24 in).


Data from 2000.[3]

Town Population Area (km²)
Gävle 92,681 41.58
Valbo 6,984 8.14
Forsbacka 1,716 1.71
Hedesunda 1,071 1.67
Norrsundet 1,044 1.89
Bergby 834 1.91
Forsby 617 0.87
Hamrångefjärden 558 1.57
Furuvik 472 0.96
Åbyggeby 457 0.87
Lund 380 1.14
Björke 362 0.58
Trödje 321 0.67
Bönan 273 0.65
Totra 255 0.76
Berg 231 0.51
Hagsta 206 0.74


Major employers in Gävle:

  1. Gävle Municipality 8,000
  2. County Council 8,000
  3. Stora Enso 1,200
  4. Ericsson 1,100
  5. BillerudKorsnäs 1,100
  6. Lantmäteriet 900


Mackmyra Whisky in Valbo, a suburb of Gävle, is the only whisky distillery in Sweden. Malt whisky is produced since 1999.


The municipal assembly (kommunfullmäktige) has 65 members, elected for a four-year period. The last election was held in September 2018. Eight parties are represented in the assembly. The largest party is the Swedish Social Democratic Party which has 21 seats. The current chairman of the municipal assembly is the social democrat Eva Aländer, with the current chairman of the municipal executive committee (kommunstyrelsen) is Åsa Wiklund Lång.


The University College of Gävle currently enrolls 12,500 students.

It offers courses of study at six departments: Business Administration, Education and Psychology, Caring Sciences and Sociology, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Natural and Computer Sciences and Technology, and Built Environment.

Some courses are given in English taught both to visiting students from foreign partner institutions and to Swedish students.

International relationsEdit

Town twinningEdit

The municipality's is twinned with:[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 2014-01-01. Archived from the original (Microsoft Excel) on 2016-09-27. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  2. ^ "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 31 december 2021" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. February 22, 2022. Retrieved February 22, 2022.
  3. ^ "Befolkning". Archived from the original on 2005-11-20.
  4. ^ "Galva - Illinois, USA". Archived from the original on 2007-07-28. Retrieved 2010-01-18.

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