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Situated at the shores of lake Mjøsa at the mouth of the Moelva river, the town is bordered by green, forested hills farmland. Home to about 4,000 inhabitants, the town consists of a few shopping centers, a railway station and some pubs and restaurants. The main employer is Moelven Industrier, a manufacturer of specialty building materials and modular construction solutions.
Archaeological excavations have found traces of human habitation in the area back to the Norwegian Stone Age. Until 1985, European route E6 went through Moelv, but in when the Mjøsa Bridge opened for traffic, the center turned into a local center.
The local sports team is Moelven IL.