Julen börjar i Gävle

The world’s largest straw goat

The peculiar story about the Gävle Goat started in 1966. A man named Stig Gavlén came up with the idea to design a giant version of the traditional Swedish Christmas straw goat. The objective was to attract customers to the shops and restaurants in the southern part of the city. On the first Sunday of Advent 1966, the huge goat was placed at the Castle Square. Since then, the Gävle Goat has been a Christmas symbol placed in the same spot every year. Today it’s world famous. The goat is the world’s largest straw goat and made it to the Guinness Book of Records for the first time in 1985.

 

Worth knowing about the Gavle Goat

  • The Gävle Goat is 13 metres (42.6 feet) high, seven metres long and weighs 3.6 tonnes.
  • It takes a whole truck full of straw from the local village of  Mackmyra to create the goat.
  • 1 600 meters of rope is used.
  • 12 000 knots are tied.
  • 56 five metre straw mats form the straw coat.
  • 1200 metres of Swedish pine create the wooden skeleton.
  • 1000 man-hours of work are needed to build the Gävle Goat.
  • The Gävle Goat is inaugurated on the first Sunday of Advent every year, in conjunction with the “skyltsöndagen”.
  • The Gävle Goat has friends in more than 120 countries around the world that follow it in social media.
  • In 2015, 420 000 people visited the Gävle Goat, dressed in a flower coat, when it was on tour in the Chinese twin town of Zhuhai.
  • The Gavle Goat has been hit by a cruising car and been subjected to fire and sabotage over the years.
  • Staged hacker attacks and kidnappings have also been planned.

 

You can follow the Gävle Goat from the first Sunday of Advent until after New Year or until the sad day that it meets its notorious fate.

 

There is a webcam placed at the Castle Square: www.visitgavle.se/gavlebocken

The Gavle Goat likes to communicate and he is a big fan of social media. During his stay in Gävle each year, he writes in his blog and tweets, you can also follow him on instagram.
Send him a mail at: gavlegoat@merjuligavle.se.

 

Watch the films - follow the building of The Gävle Goat

Del 1/3 Straw mats  

Del 2/3 The wooden skeleton dressed  

Del 3/3 The Gavle goat put together

 

The committee 
The Gavle Goat is built and protected by a special committee. If you have questions concerning the Gavle Goat you can contact his spokesperson

Maria Wallberg, maria.wallberg@gavle.se