Älvsbyn Municipality

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Älvsbyn Municipality
Älvsbyns kommun
Municipality
Coat of arms of Älvsbyn Municipality
Coat of arms
Älvsbyn Municipality in Norrbotten County.png
Country Sweden
County Norrbotten County
Seat Älvsbyn
Area[1]
 • Total 1,795.24 km2 (693.15 sq mi)
 • Land 1,698.04 km2 (655.62 sq mi)
 • Water 97.2 km2 (37.5 sq mi)
  Area as of January 1, 2014.
Population (March 31, 2015)[2]
 • Total 8,172
 • Density 4.6/km2 (12/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code SE
Province Norrbotten
Municipal code 2560
Website www.alvsbyn.se

Älvsbyn Municipality (Swedish: Älvsbyns kommun) is a municipality in Norrbotten County in northern Sweden. Its seat is located in Älvsbyn.

The present municipality has the same size as the original one, created at the time the municipalities of Sweden were formed in 1863. 1948-1968 a part of it constituted a market town (köping) and a municipality of its own, but the entities were reunited in 1969.

Geography[edit]

The municipality stretches along the Pite River for about 60 kilometres in a naturesque surrounding.

Localities[edit]

There are four localities (or urban areas) in Älvsbyn Municipality:[3]

# Locality Population
1 Älvsbyn 5,042
2 Vidsel 569
3 Korsträsk 397
4 Vistträsk 258

The municipal seat in bold

Industry[edit]

Two main industries in the town of Älvsbyn are AB Älvsbyhus, which builds houses, and Polarbageriet AB, which is nationally famous for their breads.

Polarbageriet has a production of about 1.5 million breads a day. They do not make loaves, but rather flat slices of a whitish bread. Their main distribution is within Sweden, but a small export goes to Finland, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Germany and France, where it is popular to use for homemade pizza.

Älvsbyhus has its base in Älvsbyn, and one of its factories there too. It is Scandinavia's biggest producer of prefabricated homes in wood. Their average production is around two houses a day, although much of the production is located at other factories closer to the market.

RFN is a government military testing facility, not just for domestic use. It is one of very few places where live missiles can be tested over land, and attracts military testers from other countries as well.

There is also some tourism, with a popular place to visit in the nature reserve Storforsen, just west of Vidsel.

Sister cities[edit]

Älvsbyn Municipality has three sister cities:[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (Microsoft Excel) (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  2. ^ "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 31 mars 2015" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. May 11, 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ Statistics Sweden as of December 31, 2005
  4. ^ Official site (Swedish)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 65°41′N 21°01′E / 65.683°N 21.017°E / 65.683; 21.017