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Extremes create a perfect balance

In Gagnef, the calm Österdalälven River flows together with the rushing Västerdalälven River and forms the mighty Dalälven River. Two extremes that are mixed and create balance, which is also a good illustration of life in the municipality.

The rivers wind through the historic cultural landscape, consisting of fields, forests, summer pastures, dark red village clusters and many small towns. Nature creates an oasis for relaxation and recuperation. There are lakes for swimming and fishing, cozy cafés and a rich cultural life here, at the same time that the business climate is vibrant and pulsating, with many successful companies and very low unemployment.

 A humble municipality with an open mind for collaboration

Gagnef is an attractive municipality both to settle down for a quiet life and to run a business. Many successful businesses call it home and it’s clear that the municipality is open for new opportunities and want to collaborate to enable sustainable development. The municipality and the business community continuously arrange breakfasts, company visitsand seminars where entrepreneurs and business executives work together to develop and contribute to the civil society and business growth in the municipality.

One of the most secure cities in Sweden and here, everything is nearby

It’s not just the desire to collaborate that creates a creative and thriving business climate. The municipality’s advantageous location makes it possible to easily travel to and from the municipality, not just in Dalarna, but also out in the world. Dala Airport is nearby and both Stockholm and the mountains of Sälenfjällen are less than three hours away. Moreover, the main route E16 passes Gagnet, which creates good connections with the port of Gävle and Oslo, the capital of Norway.

Because of the advantage as a “commute municipality”, people can travel to other cities within a reasonable distance. Many people have chosen to reside in Gagnef and travel to work in another town in Dalarna.

An annual destination for opera and music lovers

The beautiful town of Gagnef inspired Anna Eklund Tarantino, a Swedish renowned opera singer, to found Dala-Floda Operafest with a vision to bring opera closer to people. Dala-Floda Operafest has its festival week starting at the beginning of August yearly. It often consists of one or more opera shows and concerts, workshops, seminars, and courses.

Carmen, Madama Butterfly and La Bohème are amongst the most-wanted opera shows organized by Dala-Floda Operafest in the past few years.


Industries: Wood & house production, Manufacturing industries
Main Town: Gagnef
Villages: Björbo, Dala-Floda, Djurås, Mockfjärd
Airport: Distance to Dala Airport Borlänge 30 kilometers
Roads & Highways: E 16, RV 70, RV 71
Railroad: Yes, Dalabanan
Broadband & Infrastructure: Well functioning
Power & Water Supply: Well functioning

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Municipality of Gagnef
Business Department

Mr. Andreas Nordkvist
Business Developer
Phone: 0046  241 15489

Key companies in Gagnef