Northern Swedish town experiences economic boom and influx of new residents

The tall wooden culture centre building has become a symbol for the new, expansive Skellefteå. Anja Palm is the town’s business development director. (Ulla Engberg/Sveriges Radio)
  • After decades of stagnation and decline, the town of Skellefteå is booming. The municipality envisions 25% more inhabitants by 2030.
  • A few years after a massive battery factory opened its doors just south of the city centre, the town is undergoing major changes.
  • ”The biggest challenge is the pace – how fast this is happening,” says Anja Palm, Skellefteå’s business development manager.
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