Torsby Municipality

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Torsby Municipality
Torsby kommun
Municipality
Coat of arms of Torsby Municipality
Coat of arms
Torsby Municipality in Värmland County.png
Country Sweden
County Värmland County
Seat Torsby
Area[1]
 • Total 4,357.44 km2 (1,682.42 sq mi)
 • Land 4,162.19 km2 (1,607.03 sq mi)
 • Water 195.25 km2 (75.39 sq mi)
  Area as of January 1, 2014.
Population (December 31, 2016)[2]
 • Total 12,169
 • Density 2.8/km2 (7.2/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code SE
Province Värmland
Municipal code 1737
Website www.torsby.se

Torsby Municipality (Torsby kommun) is a municipality in Värmland County in west central Sweden, bordering Norway. Its seat is located in the town of Torsby.

The name Torsby means Thor's village.

The present municipality consists of eight original local government entities (as of 1863): Dalby, Fryksände, Lekvattnet, Norra Finnskoga, Norra Ny, Nyskoga, Södra Finnskoga, Vitsand and Östmark. In 1952 they were grouped into four larger units and in 1974 they were all united.

There are lots of Finnish heritage in Torsby Municipality.

Transportation[edit]

Torsby is the end station on the Fryksdal branchline from Karlstad via Kil. There is a small airport with scheduled flights to Stockholm, whilst the nearest international airport is Gardermoen in Norway. The 1,690 km long road, E45, passes through the municipality.

Sport[edit]

Sven-Göran Eriksson and Marcus Berg have their roots in Torsby.

The municipality has a number of skiing centres for both alpine skiing (Hovfjället and Branäs) and cross-country skiing (Mattila and Långberget). A cross-country ski tunnel, which is also the world's longest, opened on June 16, 2006.

Stjerneskolan, a senior high school, specializes in cross-country skiing and biathlon. The most famous former pupil is Gunde Svan. Carl Johan Bergman, who was born in Ekshärad, also studied there for a year.

Government and politics[edit]

Distribution of the 31 seats in the municipal council after the 2010 election:

Results of the Swedish general election, 2010 in Torsby:

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 december 2016" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. February 21, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 60°08′N 13°00′E / 60.133°N 13.000°E / 60.133; 13.000