Fagersta railway station
|Coordinates: 60°00′15″N 15°47′36″E|
|• Total||9.47 km2 (3.66 sq mi)|
|Elevation||102 m (335 ft)|
|• Density||1,175/km2 (3,040/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Area code(s)||(+46) 223|
The city is located at the junction of two railways between Ludvika-Västerås and Avesta (Krylbo)-Örebro, in the heart of the historic Bergslagen region which is rich in copper and iron ore. There has been mining activity in the Fagersta area since the 15th century but it was not organized until the 17th century and was not made a corporation until 1873, when Fagersta Bruks AB was founded.
Fagersta was made a city in 1944 when the industrial hot spot of Fagersta merged with its service-oriented neighbour Västanfors. It is now the seat of Fagersta Municipality. The Fagersta airspace surveillance tower is a Second World War observation platform located to protect a nearby steel mill.
Today's industry is focused on hard metal tools (Seco Tools AB and Atlas Copco Secoroc AB) and stainless steel products (Fagersta Stainless AB and OUTOKUMPU Stainless Tubular Products AB).
- Ulf Samuelsson, ice hockey player (NHL)
- Tomas Sandström, ice hockey player (NHL)
- The Hives, garage rock band
- 59 Times the Pain, garage rock band
- Johan August Brinell, metallurgist and inventor of the Brinell hardness test at the Fagersta Iron and Steel Works in 1900
- Kjell Ramstedt, Drummer for punk rock band (No Fun At All)
- "Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km2 2005 och 2010" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-01-10. Retrieved 10 January 2012.