Culture and history

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Åsele originated as a church village and trading place for the Sami people and the frontier settlers in the 17th century. The hamlets around Åsele grew during the same time when new settlers came, especially along the river and with time an agricultural society was formed.

Today Åsele Market still lives as cultural heritage from the Sami trading tradition. Every summer, the third weekend of July, one of Sweden’s biggest markets is arranged and attracts up to 150 000 visitors during its four days.

Our history still lives as well and is for example displayed in the museum of the local history, retained buildings and culture, Asplunda country store museum in Tallsjö, Torvsjö mill, the 50s Café in Hälla and many more places.