Business and employers
The ore, the steel, the forest and the hydro-power are important, both for the county and for the whole of Sweden. The county has exporting manufacturing companies, a growing tourism and services sector, and small businesses that are growing in importance.
The county's biggest employer is Region Norrbotten with almost 7,500 employees, followed by Luleå, Piteå and Boden municipalities. The biggest private employer is LKAB, a mining company. SSAB is one of the world's leading steel manufacturers.
The establishment of a large international company's computer centre in Luleå has supplemented the business sector in the county. The computer centre has gained global interest, and has opened up opportunities for more investments in the county. The willingness to invest in existing companies is great. The mining companies are investing billions in several places in the county.