Säffle

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Säffle
View from south over the floodgate
View from south over the floodgate
Säffle is located in Sweden
Säffle
Säffle
Coordinates: 59°08′N 12°56′E / 59.133°N 12.933°E / 59.133; 12.933Coordinates: 59°08′N 12°56′E / 59.133°N 12.933°E / 59.133; 12.933
Country Sweden
Province Värmland
County Värmland County
Municipality Säffle Municipality
Area[1]
 • Total 7.35 km2 (2.84 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 8,991
 • Density 1,223/km2 (3,170/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Säffle (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈsɛfˈlɛ]) is a locality and the seat of Säffle Municipality, Värmland County, Sweden with 8,991 inhabitants in 2010.[1]

Säffle is known for being the last place in Sweden formally getting the title of a City in 1951. This status was abolished in 1971. It is now the seat of the much larger Säffle Municipality.

History[edit]

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.

Cultural references[edit]

Most parts of the Kanal 5 reality series Lite sällskap, hosted by Swedish comedians Filip Hammar and Fredrik Wikingsson were recorded in Säffle. [1]

Tourism[edit]

Sports associations[edit]

Art & museum[edit]

Trade & industry[edit]

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:
SOMAS
Nordic Paper Seffle AB
Säffle Karosseri / Volvo Buses
BTG
CCI
MOELVEN

Famous people from Säffle[edit]

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.