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 37 000.
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 1860s. Sandvik AB is the largest employer in the area and has also contributed to the internationalization of the municipality, where there are of the order of 80 nationalities.
As commuting and flexibility requires a modern infrastructure, the well functioning connections to and from Sandviken by both bus and rail are of crucial importance for continued local and regional development. 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.
Culture in Sandviken
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 villagesin 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.