Mellerud: Far-sighted farmers and strong industries
Historically, Mellerud has served as a railway junction and we have a long tradition of agriculture, forestry and the paper and pulp industry.
‘A Sweden in miniature’ sums up the landscape, trade and industry in Mellerud municipality. It has everything from strong manufacturing industries and a well-developed hospitality sector to extensive trade and local biogas production. With more than 1,000 active companies, trade and industry in Mellerud is diversified. The municipality enjoys well-developed small enterprise skills, especially in the various forms of handicraft with links to agriculture.
The largest private companies are in the manufacturing industry, and most private sector employees can be found in construction and retail, followed by agriculture and manufacturing. Retail in Mellerud’s urban district comprises many small shops that were joined by a new shopping centre in autumn 2019.
Setting up business
Mellerud municipality is located in the growth zone between Gothenburg and Oslo. Located at the demographic heart of Scandinavia, it has strategic connections to Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
Mellerud municipality is home to a number of established fields of activity. It is located close to important arterial roads such as the E45, alongside which land for new construction is available for purchase. There are good opportunities for renting premises for industry, retail and offices.
European Route 45 and the railway between Oslo and Gothenburg run through the municipality, and it’s close to the E6 and the Port of Uddevalla etc. There are fast connections to international and regional airports and ports. The Port of Gothenburg is Scandinavia’s largest.
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Living and working
Close to magnificent nature as well as the beating heart of the city, you can enjoy boating, golf, recreational fishing and extensive wide-open spaces, making Mellerud an attractive place to live. Downtown Mellerud, the E45 and railway connections are all within convenient reach.
There is a wide selection of housing types in a variety of settings. There are both new and established residential neighbourhoods where houses can be had at very competitive prices. There are also apartments available for rent from private landlords and the municipal housing company.
Strong cultural and tourist attractions
Because it has something for everyone, Mellerud is a popular tourist destination. To the east lies Lake Vänern’s coast, to the south agrarian landscapes, to the west Kroppe Fell with plenty of forests, lakes and rivers, and also to the north. There are more than 800 km of lake shore inside the municipality boundary. The Dalsland Canal winds its way through the municipality from Lake Vänern all the way up to Värmland.
The area around the Upperud lakes attracts the most visitors, about a quarter of a million per year. It boasts a unique aqueduct, the Dalsland Center, Dalsland Art Museum, hiking, fishing and canoeing. Many lodging options, restaurants and cafés are available in the area.
In cosy little Dals Rostock, at the foot of Kroppe Fell, visitors are close to outdoor adventures and can enjoy lookouts with stunning views. The village is home to a beautiful herb garden, arts and crafts, a textile museum, lodgings and a café.
Lake Vänern’s coast with its bathing, fishing and boating invites you to enjoy cosy guest harbours, the view from Dalaborg or take a dip from Vita Sannar, one of the lake’s longest sandy beaches. Salmon and trout trolling in Lake Vänern just outside Mellerud is among the best in Europe.
Much of the municipality consists of agricultural land and we have a rich green industry tradition. Experience the agricultural environment as it was in the mid 18th century in the Åsnebyn Culture Reserve. It’s one of three cultural reserves in Region Västra Götaland, located just south of central Mellerud.
The Culture Centre at Dal is one of the finest concert and theatre venues in West Sweden. High quality local, regional and sometimes international artists perform here. Upperud is home to the Dalsland Art Museum, one of four bastions of the arts in Region Västra Götaland. The museum enjoys a good reputation nationally and attracts almost 15,000 visitors from Sweden and abroad every year.
Mellerud municipality in brief
Number of inhabitants: 9,311
Area: 517 km²
Population density: 18 residents/km²
Commuters: approx 700 inbound, 1300 outbound.