The Baltic port of Gävle, on the east coast of Sweden, is 160km north of Stockholm, and has been a city for over 500 years. It is one of Sweden’s oldest commercial cities with a long tradition of trading, fishing and shipbuilding. Today, it is a modern and vibrant coastal city of nearly 95,000 inhabitants.
The city is the logistic hub for central Sweden with a good transport and communications infrastructure. Besides having the largest container port on the east coast of Sweden, it also has rail and motorway links, and Stockholm’s Arlanda airport is just over 100km away.
Gävle has a diverse economy ranging from international companies to a significant group of small businesses. The region is based on its traditional activities of forestry and steel. As administrative centre of the region, Gävle has a large public sector that employs one in five of the adult population.
The University of Gävle was established in 1977 and has a student population of 14,500 students. Its research areas are the built environment and health in working life. Gävle has a long history in the development of mobile Internet, smart home and geographical information systems. The city’s Technology Park is home to a significant number of growth companies, Future Position X—a leading geographical information cluster—, the Radio Centre and the regional incubator Movexum.
After a major fire in 1869 the city was rebuilt on a grid plan with wide avenues. This has helped to make it a green city. It has a flourishing cultural life and offers a wide range of leisure activities.