Commersial & industrial life
There is a wide range of industries in Varberg. Both small and large companies feel at home here, from large food producers and distribution companies to creative IT businesses and consultants. Every year over two hundred companies are set up and establish themselves here.
Varberg is one of Sweden’s largest tourist towns and tourism therefore plays a major role in its economic life.
Another major sector is shoes as there are 20 shoe suppliers in Varberg. Innumerable designers, agents and wholesalers have shoe businesses here. Sweden’s largest shoe company, Nilson Group, has its head office in Varberg. The shoe suppliers include everything from more obscure brands to heavyweights like Ecco, Björn Borg, Dr Martens, Don Donna, Wrangler and Vagabond.
Another company that is often associated with Varberg is the bicycle maker Cycleurope, previously Monark, which manufactures world-class bicycles.
The biggest employer is Varberg municipality with a large number of occupational categories. The hospital in Varberg is also a major employer. Ringhals nuclear power station is Sweden’s biggest power station and it has 1,500 employees. Södra Cell, which makes planed wood products, interior fittings, pulp and biofuel, is located just north of the town. The company has 550 employees and has established a research and development facility.