|• 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)|
|• Density||2.8/km2 (7.2/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||SE|
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.
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.
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
Distribution of the 31 seats in the municipal council after the 2010 election:
- Social Democratic Party 15
- Moderate Party 7
- Centre Party 3
- Left Party 3
- Sweden Democrats 1
- Liberal People's Party 1
- Green Party 1
Results of the Swedish general election, 2010 in Torsby:
- Social Democratic Party 44.3%
- Moderate Party 24.3%
- Centre Party 8.8%
- Left Party 7.2%
- Sweden Democrats 4.2%
- Liberal People's Party 3.5%
- Christian Democrats 3.1%
- Green Party 2.8%
- "Statistiska centralbyrån, Kommunarealer den 1 januari 2014" (Microsoft Excel) (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
- "Folkmängd i riket, län och kommuner 31 december 2016" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. February 21, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017.