Welcome to Gävle

• Gävle is the capital city of Gävleborg county

• The municipality’s offi cial fl ower is the lily, the official animal is the Grouse and the official fish is the herring

• H.K.H. Princess Madeleine is the Duchess of Gästrikland and Hälsingland. She has her own scholarship that is awarded in the sport of equestrian and is an honorary member of the Gefle Student Choir

• In 1869 the entire northern part of Gävle burned to the ground and 8000 of the 13000 residents were left homeless

• The Gävle archipelago consists of 446 islands and has a coastline of 280 km

• The bike friendly City of Gävle has over 200km of separated bike lanes (compare with 400km for cars!)

• You can fi sh for salmon and sea trout for free – right in the city

• Gävle’s Brynäs IF is one of Sweden’s best hockey teams (twelve-time Swedish champions)

• The football club Gefl e IF competes in the highest league in Sweden

• Furuviksparken in Gävle has Scandinavia’s fi rst Primate Research Center – the fourth in the world

• The world’s largest straw goat is built every year in Gävle (inaugurated on the fi rst Sunday of Advent)

• One of the Sweden’s seven symphony orchestras comes from Gävle

• Gävle is building a new city by the sea, Gävle Strand

• The Port of Gävle is an important element for the industries i the region

• Gävle Central Station is a train hub in the region

Visit www.gavle.se for more information.




Iain Macbeth

Iain is the Business Engagement Programme Manager for Transport for London, with a wealth of experience in travel demand management (TDM), sustainable transport, cycling, flexible working, car share and employee commute projects.