Facts and history about GävleGävle has not always been called Gävle. The earliest documents
from the early 1400s refer to the town as Gäfle or Gaeffla. Gävle was first mentioned as the town name in 1413 but its fi rst known charter dates back to 1446. Today, almost 95,000 people reside in Gävle.
Today’s visitors may not see so many traces of the Middle Ages, rather from the town’s heyday in the late 1800s. Back
then shipping and shipbuilding made Gävle one of the nation’s
most prominent cities. The town hall, municipal theater, the
unique fi re station and the great stone palaces bear witness to
a city with a strong self-confi dence and a lot of capital. At the
beginning of the last century some of Sweden’s largest brands
emerged in the town. Gevalia, which will always be “the coffee
for unexpected visits” and Läkerol – the pastille that ”makes
Just west of Gävle, Mackmyra Swedish Whisky is manufactured
from local Swedish ingredients. The whiskey has already
obtained the highest international standard and has supporters
in several countries throughout the world. In only ten years,
they have managed to create unique products and an attraction
that has now grown further with the Mackmyra Whisky village.
Located just to the south is the classic Furuviksparken, a zoo
with a large center for chimpanzees and orangutans. There is
also an amusement park and Water Park here. The animals of
the world have suffered greatly from the impacts of fossil fuel
emissions and the park is Scandinavia’s fi rst and only primate
research center. In Gävle, the Swedish Railway Museum can
also be found with one of the world’s fi nest collections of trains
and carriages. The Gävle Concert Hall is also a beautiful venue
for diverse musical experiences – from Mongolian throat singing
to the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, as well as rock bands.
Art also has a special place in Gävle, both at the County Museum
with one of Sweden’s fi nest collections of Swedish art from the 1600s onwards, as well as on the streets, squares, parks and on facades
through a large number of donated sculptures.
In present day Gävle, new and old trade routes meet with
strong industrial traditions and growth industries. We combine
our experience with regional and national innovation. Gävle has
an industry-oriented focus on renewable energy and logistics, GIS
technology, hospitality/trade, as well as energy/climate. This is
done in collaboration with industry segments and clusters.
Some large and important employers in Gävel today are
Korsnäs (paper), Gevalia (coffee), Leaf (Läkerol and candy),
Syntronic (electronics). The University has about 45 training programs
and about 800 courses in humanities, social sciences, health
sciences, education, sociology, science and technology. There are
approximately 13,500 students attending the university. As an old
shipping town Gävle, has turned its face once again to the open sea,
as the new residential area called Gävle Strand grows.
Camilla Robinson Seippel is Head of Public Affairs at Swedbank. She has more than 15 years of experience in the financial industry.During later years she has focused her work on Socially Responsible Investments (SRI), Corporate Sustainability and Public Affairs.