At that time, Borlänge consisted of some small villages with a few hundred inhabitants. The town grew steadily for the next 100 years. In the 1960s it was believed it would continue to grow to around 75,000 inhabitants, but the steel crisis and its effects on economic development meant that growth slowed.
Today there are approximately 49,000 people living in Borlänge. SSAB is one of the largest employers with approximately 2,200 employees.
Other large employers are the Swedish Transport Administration, Stora Enso Kvarnsveden paper mill and of course Borlänge Municipality. Founded about 30 years ago, Borlänge's college offers unique programs in areas such as technology.
Borlänge has a lot to offer; nature and outdoor activities for both summer and winter - there's the lake Runn with about 360 islands, Romme Alpine, and other outdoor facilities. Many sports teams at an elite level; Stora Tuna OK, IK Brage, Borlänge Simsällskap to name a few. Dalecarlia Cup, one of Sweden's biggest youth soccer tournaments, is held each year at Sportfältet (the Sports field) in Borlänge. If you would rather listen to music there are plenty of options to choose from. The Peace & Love festival is held every summer in the center of Borlänge. Some of the famous bands and artists who come from Borlänge are Sky High, Sugar Plum Fairy, Mando Diao, Sator, Miss Li, Lars Roos and Jussi Björling.
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