Coordinates: 60°37′N 16°47′E / 60.617°N 16.783°E / 60.617; 16.783
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Central Sandviken
Central Sandviken
Official logo of Sandviken
Sandviken is located in Sweden Gävleborg
Sandviken is located in Sweden
Coordinates: 60°37′N 16°47′E / 60.617°N 16.783°E / 60.617; 16.783
CountyGävleborg County
MunicipalitySandviken Municipality
 • Total15.66 km2 (6.05 sq mi)
 (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total22,965
 • Density1,466/km2 (3,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Sandviken is a locality and the seat of Sandviken Municipality in Gävleborg County, Sweden with 39,234 inhabitants in 2019.[2] It is situated about 25 km west of Gävle and lies approximately 190 km north of Stockholm. The rail journey to Stockholm takes about 2 hours and to Arlanda, Sweden's main international airport, no more than 1.5 hours.

Sandviken is the home town of the major high-technology Swedish engineering concern Sandvik and the main office of the company was located in Sandviken until January 2012 when it was moved to Stockholm.

Culture and recreation[edit]

Sandviken is home to a number of cultural activities: Kulturskolan means "the culture school" (extramural music, dance and drama training), Sandviken Big Band, Sandviken Symphonic Orchestra and many musicians in the region. Sandvikens Art Gallery shows throughout the year various interesting exhibitions. Amongst the many popular tourist attractions in the municipality, the following merit special mention: the attractive old, carefully restored industrial villages in Gysinge and Högbo Bruk with their forges and smithies, handicraft, manor houses and possibilities they offer for outdoor recreation. During the winter months the downhill skiing facilities and the Snowpark at Kungsberget attract many visitors.

Sandviken hosted the 2023 Women World Curling Championship, being the first Swedish city to host it since Gävle in 2004.[3]


Sandviken was founded in 1862 in connection with the construction of the Sandvik AB ironworks. In 1900, Sandviken was one of Sweden's three largest ironworks, and had around 2,000 employees.[4]


Jernvallen was a venue for the 1958 FIFA World Cup
Göransson Arena

Sandvikens AIK have become Swedish bandy champions several times. From the season 2009-10, they play indoors in Göransson Arena. This arena was the Division A venue for the 2017 Bandy World Championship.[5] Sandviken also hosts the World Cup, in which the home team in 2017 won for the first time on home ice (and the first time at all ever since 2002).

Football clubs located in Sandviken are Sandvikens IF who play in Division 1 Norra and Sandvikens AIK FK who play in Division 3 Södra Norrland. Their Jernvallen stadium was a venue of the 1958 FIFA World Cup, making Sandviken the northernmost city to host the tournament.

Sandviken is the birthplace of footballer Kim Källström and alpine ski racer Sara Hector.


Sandviken resecentrum as seen from the east.

There are multiple buses running in Sandviken, the main ones being the 11 (Säljan), 13 (Vallhov-Norrsätra) and 14 (Björksätra). The buses, with the exception of 11, run on a half-hourly traffic schedule on the weekdays, and on an hourly traffic schedule during holidays and weekends. Bus 11 always runs on an hourly traffic schedule.

Sandviken used to be connected to Gävle via Route 80 (riksväg 80), but has since been replaced with the European route E16. Route 68 (riksväg 68) connects Sandviken with the city of Örebro and Gävle, and Route 272 (länsväg 272), colloquially known as "Högbovägen", connects Sandviken to the smaller village of Högbo. The city extends to the south along Route 272 until it meets Storsjön, where the road creates a causeway across the lake. Sandviken airport, although closer to the town of Valbo, serves the air travel needs for Sandviken, as well nearby Gävle.


  1. ^ a b "Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km2 2005 och 2010" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 27 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 31 december 2019 och befolkningsförändringar 2019". Statistiska Centralbyrån (in Swedish). Retrieved 2020-11-10.
  3. ^ "Sandviken, Sweden to host the LGT World Women's Curling Championship 2023". World Curling Federation. 2022-01-19. Retrieved 2023-03-11.
  4. ^ Uppfinningarnas bok (2nd ed.). p. 390.
  5. ^ "Bandy-VM 2017" (in Swedish). Göransson Arena. 2015. Archived from the original on 22 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.