Gävle Municipality

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Gävle Municipality (Gävle kommun) is a municipality in east central Sweden where the City Gävle is the municipal seat.

Geographically the municipality is situated north of the mouth of the river Dalälven and is the southernmost municipality of the historical land of Norrland.

The present municipality was created in 1971, when the City of Gävle was amalgamated with four surrounding rural municipalities. All of them were original entities, instituted as municipalities by the local government acts of 1862. The area had not been affected by the national subdivision reform in 1952.

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Geography

Gävle is situated by the Baltic Sea near the mouth of the river Dalälven. At 60 degrees north and 17 degrees east, Gävle has the same latitude as Helsinki and the same longitude as Vienna and Cape Town.

Gävle has a similar climate to the rest of central Sweden with an average temperature of -5 C in January and +17 C in July. Yearly rainfall is around 600 mm.

Politics

The municipal assembly (kommunfullmäktige) has 65 members, elected for a four year period. The last election was held in September 2006. Eight parties are represented in the assembly. The largest party is the Swedish Social Democratic Party which has 25 seats. The current chairman of the municipal executive committee (kommunstyrelsen) is the social democrat Carina Blank.

Localities

Data from 2000.

(Source: [1])

Major employers

International relations

Town twinning

The municipality's is twinned with[3]:

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