Sandviken is a municipality in Gävleborg County in the province of Gästrikland. The municipality has an area of 1 165 km² and a population of approximately 38 000.
The international high-technology engineering group, Sandvik AB has played a fundamental role in the development of the region. The growth and expansion of Sandviken municipality has also to a high degree been dependent on Sandvik AB since the establishment of the company in the 1860's.
Sandvik AB is the leading company in the region, which employs just over 10 000 people in Sweden and 47 000 people internationally, and has aturnover of around 100 billion SEK. The industrial estatein Sandviken is Sweden’s second largest industrial estate at almost 3 million m².
Sandviken has good infrastructure and a good logistics location along the E16 and close to the E4. The region is an industrial region and has been so for many years. Since our industrial sector has long been strongly production-oriented, the region has very expansive infrastructure with a road network stretching in all directions to be able to supply the industrial sector with raw materials and enable outbound delivery of final products.
Large investments are being be made in the IT and technique sectors within the framework of the municipality´s long-term plans. Amongst the main beneficiaries will be our schools and local government and private sector activities in the area.
The winter sport, bandy, at the elite level - the local team Sandvikens AIK (SAIK) - has deep roots in Sandviken and has become part of the local culture. The same applies to musical activities: Kulturskolan (extramural music, dance and drama training), Sandviken Big Band, Sandviken Symphonic Orchestra and the large number of musicians in the region. Sandvikens Art Gallery shows throughout the year various interesting exhibitions. Amongst the many popular tourist attractions in the municipality, the following must be singled out for special mention: the attractive old, carefully restored industrial village sin Gysinge and Högbo with their forges and smithies, handicraft, manor houses and possibilities they offer for outdoor recreation. During the winter months the downhill skiing facilities and the Snowpark at Kungsberget attract a large number of visitors from near and far.