The Holmsund sawmill in 2012
|• Total||5.48 km2 (2.12 sq mi)|
|Population (31 December 2010)|
|• Density||1,001/km2 (2,590/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Holmsund lies at the mouth of the Ume River. To the west, across the river estuary, is a town called Obbola, the towns are connected by the E12 road which is carried over the river estuary by the Obbola Bridge. Both Holmsund and Obbola have wood and paper industries. From the southern end of Holmsund a ferry service runs to the Finnish port of Vaasa.
Swedish water-powered sawmills were under threat when steam power was introduced to Sweden in 1849. The largest Swedish water-powered saw mill was at Baggböle. It was one of the last to close in 1884 when Holmsund built a steam-powered mill. Swedish sawn timber became a major export.
The famous singer Lisa Miskovsky was born in Holmsund. Vinnie Jones played one season for third-tier team IFK Holmsund in 1986 and helped them win the league. Gus Forslund ice hockey player in NHL who was born in Holmsund.
Holmsund in pictures
The following sports clubs are located in Holmsund:
- Blue Highway, an international tourist route
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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.
- The Company Town Architecture and Society in the Early Industrial Age. New York: Oxford University Press. 1992. p. 85. ISBN 0195361415.
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