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Alvsbyn Municipality is a Swedish municipality in Norrbotten County, in northern Sweden. Its seat is in Alvsbyn with about 5,000 inhabitants, located at 50 meters height. Other towns are Korstrask, Vidsel, and Vistheden. Of the smaller villages, Vistheden is the best known, as a division of the Swedish army is stationed there. The population recorded in 2005 was 8,775 and area  is 1,713 square kilometers.
Alvsbyn Municipality has 8689 inhabitants. For many years, the number was dropping, but lately, the municipality has been accepting refugees and immigrants. In the first quarter of 2006, 25 people died, and 65 people moved away from Alvsbyn. At the same time, 13 were born, about 50 foreginers settled here. Roughly a dozen moved south, and another dozen moved back home from neighboring municipalities. The municipality stretches along the Pite River for about 60 kilometers in a naturesque surrounding.
Two main industries in the town of Alvsbyn are AB Alvsbyhus, which builds houses, and Polarbageriet AB, which is nationally famous for their breads. Polarbageriet has a production of about 1.5 million breads per day. They do not make loaves, but rather flat slices of a whitish bread. Their main distribution is within Sweden, but a small export goes to Finland, Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany and France, where it is popular to use for homemade pizza. Alvsbyhus has its base in Älvsbyn, and one of its factories there too. It is Scandinavia's biggest producer of prefabricated houses in wood. Their average production is around two houses per day, although much of the production is located at other factories closer to the market.

Alvsbyn is also known as the town of best geographical environment and has traced its origins back to prehistoric times. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and can also enjoy its natural beauty concealed by the beautiful landscapes.

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