|— Municipality —|
|• Total||4,385.17 km2 (1,693.12 sq mi)|
|• Land||4,188.65 km2 (1,617.25 sq mi)|
|• Water||196.52 km2 (75.88 sq mi)|
|Area as of January 1, 2010.|
|Population (June 30, 2012)|
|• Density||2.8/km2 ( 7.4/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||SE|
The name Torsby means Thor's village.
The present municipality consists of eight original local government entities (as of 1863): Dalby, Fryksände, Lekvattnet, Norra Finnskoga, Norra Ny, Nyskoga, Södra Finnskoga, Vitsand and Östmark. In 1952 they were grouped into four larger units and in 1974 they were all united.
There are lots of Finnish heritage in Torsby Municipality.
Torsby is the end station on the Fryksdal branchline from Karlstad via Kil. There is a small airport with scheduled flights to Stockholm, whilst the nearest international airport is Gardermoen in Norway. The 1,690 km long road, E45, passes through the municipality.
The municipality has a number of skiing centres for both alpine skiing (Hovfjället and Branäs) and cross-country skiing (Mattila and Långberget). A cross-country ski tunnel, which is also the world's longest, opened on June 16, 2006.
Stjerneskolan, a senior high school, specializes in cross-country skiing and biathlon. The most famous former pupil is Gunde Svan. Carl Johan Bergman, who was born in Ekshärad, also studied there for a year.
Distribution of the 31 seats in the municipal council after the 2010 election:
Results of the Swedish general election, 2010 in Torsby:
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