View from south over the floodgate
|• Total||7.35 km2 (2.84 sq mi)|
|Population (31 December 2010)|
|• Density||1,223/km2 (3,170/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Säffle started to grow right after a canal was built in 1837, allowing boats to safely bypass a section of turbulent water and rapids in the Byälven river.
In 1879 the railroad came to the city. In 1882 Säffle had a population of 700 inhabitants. Today, Säffle municipality has 16,077 inhabitants (1 January 2005).
According to legend, the Viking Olof Trätälja settled down and lived in Säffle. Streets, churches, and a lot of other places are named after him.
Art & museum
Trade & industry
The economy of Säffle is largely based on industry. Säffle has continued to grow as the pulpwood industry has expanded in Sweden. The pulp mill in Säffle has been a major driver of the local economy.
In the early 19th Century there was also brick industry in Säffle, which supplied the town with facing bricks. This you can see on all of the old buildings from this time in the downtown area.
The biggest companies in Säffle today are:
Nordic Paper Seffle AB
Säffle Karosseri / Volvo Buses
Famous people from Säffle
- Gunnar Andersson, football player
- Daniel Carlsson, rally car driver
- Anders Jacobsson, member of the gothic/doom metal band Draconian
- Annichen Kringstad, orienteer
- Torsten Källe, inventor
- Jonas Rimeika, actor
- Esaias Tegnér, writer and bishop
- Tina Thörner, rally car co-driver
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- "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.