It started with a market place in the 17th century and during the later part of the 19th the forest industry really boomed. Today there are over 600 active companies in a score of different fields in the municipality of Arvidsjaur.
Wood, tourism, different test businesses and trade characterizes the trade and industry in Arvidsjaur. Tradition and innovation goes hand in hand among the companies. Test and tourism has created grounds for extensive business with a billion SEK turnover. This provides a fertile foundation for the trade and restaurant branches.
There is a strong faith in the future in Arvidsjaur, a faith called the Arvidsjaur spirit. Everyone pulls in the same direction and wants Arvidsjaur to develop in cooperation. The solid networks within many different branches reduce the vulnerability.
The development of new businesses in Arvidsjaur has a positive trend and the existing companies have a great interest in expansion. During the last few years several chains of stores have opened in Arvidsjaur, increasing trade in the area. Added to the already existing operators, companies within energy, electronics and food production are developing, making the municipality even stronger.