Trollhättan, Sweden Officially Becomes Tempe’s 10th Sister City

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Trollhättan, Sweden officially becomes Tempe’s 10th Sister City in May 2015. However, there has been a collaboration between Tempe and Trollhättan since we first met in 2008. We have enjoyed and have had successful exchanges of student delegates since 2010, as well as professional delegate exchanges and the very first International Chef to cook at Hackett House was Peter Erikson, Professional Chef and Vice Mayor of  Trollhättan, in October 2014.

Tell me more about Trollhättan…

  • The name “Trollhättan” comes from folkloristic tales. People once believed that large trolls lived in the river Göta älv and that the islands in the river were the Trolls’ hoods (“hättor”). Trollhättan is one of 133 places with a ‘historical city’ status in Sweden.
  • Trollhättan is a city of falls and locks. The locks in Trollhättan are one of Sweden’s seven wonders. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit the area each year to see how boats make their way through the locks and to view 300,000 liters of water per second being released into the river. Trollhättan is far from grey and barren; it is Sweden’s greenest ‘industry town.’ It is a modern city with a long industrial tradition; the cradle of the modern Swedish engineering industry.
  • Trollhättan houses a number of industries, foremost the main production sites for Saab Automobile and Volvo Aero. There is a film production facility, known as Trollywood; some of the movies filmed in Trollhättan include Show Me Love, Dancer in the Dark and Dogville, starring Nicole Kidman. The movie studio, Film i Väst, produces about half of all Swedish feature-length films.
  • University West is located in Trollhättan and has over 10,000 students. It is a modern university which offers education collaborating with work-life in an attractive and modern study environment.

Where is Trollhättan?

Trollhättan is situated along the Göta River located in southwestern Sweden and is home to approximately 48,000 inhabitants.

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