About 12.000 people live here, which makes the population density being 7 inhabitants/km2. Edsbyn and Alfta are the biggest towns. Approximately 2.500 people live in Alfta and 4.000 in Edsbyn. The municipality council is situated in Edsbyn. The County Council of Gävleborgs län is situated in Gävle.
In Ovanåkers kommun we provide the community services and the commercial supply that is needed to create an attractive living. In contrast to bigger cities, Ovanåkers kommun offer short commuting distances to work, grocery shops, childcare centres, and schools. The unemployment rate here is lower than the national average. With stimulating leisure activities and natural wilderness near at hand, this is a municipality enriching to live and work in.
The municipality council provides a wide range of services. Among these are the provision of schools, child-care, care of the elderly, culture and recreation, public transport, road maintenance, water and sewerage, street cleaning, garbage collection, and much more. The municipality also has responsibility for ensuring that Ovanåkers kommun continues to develop as an attractive region to live and work in, and to visit.
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