Creativity and entrepreneurship billow forth from the chimneys of industry
Avesta was long an important cog in Sweden’s saga of industrial success. This rich heritage has made it possible for modern industries to grow forth, and in parallel Avesta has developed into a creative scene that attracts thousands of art and history enthusiasts every year.
Avesta is a part of the human geography of Bergslagen, an area that had a monopoly in mining until 1859. There was a silver mine (Sala gruva), a copper mine (Falu gruva) and 17 iron mines here. The name Avesta began to be used in the 17th century and Avesta has ties to both the copper mining district and the iron mining district. This heritage lives on today and is thriving, especially through the company Outokumpu Stainless AB, formerly known as Avesta Jernverks AB, the world leader in high performance stainless steel.
“A creative environment for culture and growth”
Its heritage lets new industries grow forth
Over the years, many new industries have grown forth in connection with the old industrial towns in the municipality, including timber industries and a cardboard mill. In the industrial area, which has been called Koppardalen since 1988, there are now also many successful service-sector companies that have added a new touch to the city. Koppardalen has developed into a creative scene for culture and growth and today, around 600 people work here. Development of new and existing industrial areas continues, including an area that has a unique location in Sweden with virtually unlimited access to electric power.
Shopping next to the world’s largest Dalecarlian horse
Avesta is the small town with the big offering. The town center is home to both well-known retail chains and cozy local alternatives. The “Dalecarlian horse” shopping area, just north of Avesta town center, is a popular stop for passers-by and offers retail outlets in outdoor and sporting goods. The area is easy to find, just keep your eyes peeled for the world’s largest Dalecarlian horse.
History mixes with art to provide a creative atmosphere at Verket
Verket is an award-winning experience museum and an exciting meeting place filled with unique experiences and impressions. Here, the visitors find an exciting mix of history, art and technology. Verket offers both an interactive exhibition on industrial history and various art exhibitions, like the annual exhibition Avesta Art. In total, Verket plays host to exhibitions and events in a total area of around 5,000 square meters, spread over several different floors and levels. Verket is a popular tourist destination for art and history enthusiasts throughout Sweden as well as outside the country’s borders.
Photos: Susanne Carlzon