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A street in Gällivare
Gällivare is located in Sweden
Coordinates: 67°07′N 20°45′E / 67.117°N 20.75°E / 67.117; 20.75Coordinates: 67°07′N 20°45′E / 67.117°N 20.75°E / 67.117; 20.75
Country Sweden
Province Lapland
County Norrbotten County
Municipality Gällivare Municipality
Area [1]
 - Total 7.48 km2 (2.9 sq mi)
Population (2005-12-31)[1]
 - Total 8,480
 - Density 1,134/km2 (2,937/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Gällivare (Finnish: Jällivaara, Northern Sami: Jiellevárri or Váhčir, Meänkieli: Jellivaara) is a locality and the seat of Gällivare Municipality in Norrbotten County, Sweden with 8,480 inhabitants in 2005.[1] Together with nearby towns Malmberget and Koskullskulle it forms a conurbation with nearly 16,000 inhabitants.

Gällivare is situated at the northern end of the Inlandsbanan railway line, just about 100 km north of the Arctic Circle. Gällivare is located in a major iron ore mining region which was of great strategic significance during World War II. (See: Swedish iron ore during World War II)

Gällivare is the central place for the Firstborn Laestadian movement.

It was the host town for the 2008 VIVA World Cup.

Gällivare is twinned with Barga in Tuscany, Italy.

High incidence of congenital insensitivity to pain

The inhabitants of Gällivare have a remarkably high incidence of congenital insensitivity to pain, an extremely rare disease in that it prevents the sensation of pain, heat and cold. There have been nearly 40 reported cases in Gällivare.[2]



Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


Gällivare [1] is a town in Lapland in northern Sweden, and an important railway junction as the ending point of Inlandsbanan and an important stop on the Malmbanan railway to Norway.

  • Inlandsbanan[2] is a 1300 kilometer railway running south to north through the Swedish heartland, roughly half way between the coast and the Norwegian border. Though there is regular passenger traffic on the line, it mainly serves as a recreative railway, and most tickets types gives you the option to hop off and on the train as you like. It begins in Kristinehamn on the shores of Väneren, and passes the major inland cities of Mora, Österssund and Vilhelmina on the way.
  • Malmbanan literally means the Ore railway is an important railway running between Luleå on the gulf of Bothnia and Narvik on the Atlantic coast. It's mainly used to transport Iron ore from the huge mines around Gällivare and Kiruna, but fortunantly the spectaluar views along the line can also be seen from serveral passenger trains running between the two cities, and in the summer, a daily overnight train from Göteborg and Stockholm.

By plane

Gälivare airport, also called Lapland Airport in promotional material, sees two flights per day with the small regional carrier Nextjet[3] to Stockholms Arlanda airport.

By car

European route E10, joins the E4 for highway connections to Stockholm.

  • Fjällnäs Castle Resort, Fjällnäsgrand 45, +46 970 12570 (), [4]. Beatiful accomodation in a charming old castle, or mansion rather, but quite pricy. from 1500 SEK in low season, and 1700 SEK in high season.  edit
Routes through Gällivare
NarvikKiruna  W noframe E  LuleåEND
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