Entrepreneurship is one of the Tanum municipality’s most prominent characteristics. The fact that there are more than 2,200 businesses, and a population of 12,300 gives evidence of the people of Tanum being eager to take initiative and do business. The number of people increases to a fivefold during the summer months, and there’s a potential for more entrepreneurs establishing themselves in Tanum on a permanent basis.
Commerce is a growing sector. In the summer of 2014, a shopping centre along the E6 outside of Tanumshede, with 40,000 square metres of shop surface will be finalised. The proximity to Norway increases the pressure on commercial activities and housing.
The municipality is especially rich where cultural entrepreneurs in all art forms are concerned. At the art schools of Bottna and Gerlesborg you’ll find ateliers and co-operative workshops.
Tourism is significant. Tanum has many tourist attractions, such as the rock carvings (petroglyphs) in Tanum’s World History area, with more than 500 locations with rock carvings, and a total of ten-thousands of carvings. Over 100,000 people from all over Europe come and see the petroglyphs each year.