Our history
Mining then and now
For hundreds of years, mining was one of Bergslagen's largest sources of income. The area has more than 8500 known historical mine waste deposits. For a long time it was also one of the world's largest producers of metals, chiefly iron but also base metals (lead, copper, tin and zinc), silver and tungsten.

During the postwar period, the mining industry declined dramatically. Only a few mines remained by the end of the 1900s. There are currently three active mines in the area: Garpenberg, Lovisagruvan and Zinkgruvan..

The conditions for mining have changed dramatically in recent years, thanks to an increase in demand, particularly from the Asian countries. As a result of this development, Bergslagen has received entirely new attention.

The Bergskraft Bergslagen project
In 2004, a number of municipalities, counties, voluntary organisations and companies joined together to use their combined strengths to revive the mining industry in Bergslagen. EU funds were sought, and the Bergskraft Bergslagen project started, led by Ljusnarsberg Municipality.

The project ran from 20+46 (0)7-2010. Examples of its results include:

- Building extensive strategic networks, both nationally and internationally   - Scanning and digitising approx. 120,000 mining-related documents

- Creating academic contacts
with Örebro University,
Mälardalen University, etc.
- Setting up a permanent laboratory for analyses of metalliferous water, etc.

- Establishing a women's network
- Equipping a mobile laboratory for field analyses

Bergskraft 11•13
The three-year Bergskraft 11•13 project began in January 2011. The project is based on the solid, well-developed platform that was established during the previous project period.

The overall aims of Bergskraft 11•13 are to promote the wider use of the region's resources in mining and related areas and to create growth and new employment opportunities.

Bergskraft 11•13 will be working in three collaborative areas:
- Mining
- Mining-related Environmental Work (BrMiljö)
- Bergslag Regional Development, Strategy and Activity Plans (BUSA)

More details about the different areas are available under the Bergskraft 11•13 tab.

When the project period expires in 2013, Bergskraft Bergslagen Ekonomisk Förening, an incorporated association, will take over and continue Bergskraft's work.



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