Sala, Sweden

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Sala's town center
Sala's town center
Sala is located in Sweden
Coordinates: 59°55′N 16°36′E / 59.917°N 16.600°E / 59.917; 16.600Coordinates: 59°55′N 16°36′E / 59.917°N 16.600°E / 59.917; 16.600
Country Sweden
Province Västmanland
County Västmanland County
Municipality Sala Municipality
City status 1624
 • Total 11.01 km2 (4.25 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total 12,289
 • Density 1,116/km2 (2,890/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Sala is a locality and the seat of Sala Municipality in Västmanland County, Sweden with 12,289 inhabitants in 2010.[1]


Coat of arms

The small town is best known for its historic silver mine, which dates back to at least Medieval times, and was in operation until 1908. In 1624, the town of Sala was moved to its current location close to the mine, receiving its royal charter from King Gustavus Adolphus.

The silver was important for Sweden's economy and the base for coin production. A total of 400 tonnes of silver was extracted, and 40,000 tonnes of lead; with at most 3-5 tonnes of silver during a year.

The mine eventually reached a depth of 300 meters, and a total heading length of 20 kilometers. It is today a popular attraction.

Sala silver mine, main office
Notable people

The impressionist painter Ivan Aguéli was born in Sala in 1869. There is a small museum and a park dedicated to his memory in the center of the town. Sala is also the domicile of the former Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Deputy Prime Minister Lena Hjelm-Wallén. She held several ministerial posts in the Social Democratic government in the 1980s and 1990s and has despite her career in politics remained in Sala and is still active in local life.

Kristina church


  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. 

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