Gullspång

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Gullspång
Gullspång is located in Sweden
Gullspång
Gullspång
Coordinates: 58°59′N 14°07′E / 58.983°N 14.117°E / 58.983; 14.117Coordinates: 58°59′N 14°07′E / 58.983°N 14.117°E / 58.983; 14.117
Country Sweden
Province Västergötland
and Värmland
County Västra Götaland County
Municipality Gullspång Municipality
Area[1]
 • Total 1.74 km2 (0.67 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 1,167
 • Density 671/km2 (1,740/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Gullspång is a locality and one of the two seats of Gullspång Municipality, Västra Götaland County, Sweden, the other is Hova. It had 1,167 inhabitants in 2010.[1]

History[edit]

Gullspång provided the name for the new municipality created through the local government reform of 1971, but the administration was placed in the more centrally located Hova, with just some minor offices in Gullspång.

Due to the long lasting rivalry between Gullspång and Hova the municipality avoids the term centralort (seat). Instead they are called the municipality's two main localities.

Business[edit]

In Gullspångs municipality one finds the majority of industries and professionals. A major employer in the place is Partex Marking Systems, the company that manufactures cable identification is one of the largest exporters in Sweden of just cable labeling.

In Gullspång Fortum also has a hydroelectric power as using the water from Skagern produces electricity. Although Fortum is quite a large employer in the town Gullspång

A stone's throw from Gullspång is Vänerplys factory for the manufacture of Plywood (Otterbäcken). It produces around 8 000 000m ² Plywood year. The company has about 160 employees and is the largest employer in the municipality.

Vänerhamn AB, which has cargo ports around the entire Vänern is also a port of Otterbäcken. The port is the only natural deep harbor in the entire Vänern treat several million tonnes of freight each year.

Culture[edit]

Linda Bengtzing, who's a famous Swedish singer had in 2005 a hit with the song called "alla flickor" in the Swedish Song Contest. Linda was born and raised in Gullspång. She has participated in the Swedish Song Contest twice after "alla flickor". Linda Bengtzing competed with a choir from Gullspång in the high-profile contest Clash of the Choirs (2008).

From Hova, the famous songwriter, founder of the Polar Prize, and Abba's "fifth member" Stikkan Andersson. Stikkan died in 1997, but there is a statue in memory of Stikkan on the Square in Hova.

From 1939-1954 it was the famous "Röde Orm" author Frans G Bengtsson living on Ribbingsfors Mansion, just outside Gullspång. There he wrote many of his famous work, and left behind many books, writings and notes which are now in a special part of the municipal library. The department called memory libraries and can also be regarded as a museum.

In recent years, the cultural work of the municipality taken very seriously and developed greatly. More information is available at Gullspångs Tourist Office.

The salmon[edit]

Quite centrally located in Gullspång can find salmon-stair build in 2004. It was built to increase in population of the Salmon. Here you can in nice autumn days see the salmon spawn and jump. The stair built by the bottom of the river gradually Gullspång has ran out and the small "pools" has been cast. This makes it easier for salmon to find their spawning ground which is situated below the floodgates in the dam created for the power station. The salmon-stair is built in a part of the river, which for years was dry, but thanks to the flood gates the water flow can now be regulated.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km2 2005 och 2010" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.