Lessebo celebrates 300 years of paper production

The knowledge of producing paper is deeply rooted in Lessebo. The mill started in 1658 refining iron ore into pure iron, in 1719 Lessebo received permission to produce paper from the Swedish National Board of Trade. The anniversary is a time to highlight the paper mill’s influence on the community, and the world.


Coming events

The celebration of the 300th anniversary will be distributed in a number of activities. The history of Lessebo paper mill and its influence on the community is very interesting and there are many exciting stories, both about the mill and about the workers.

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Lessebo Paper AB and Lessebo municipality invite everyone interested in knowing more about the celebration, and everyone that wants to participate and contribute to the 300th anniversary, for an informational meeting on February the 27th. The meeting will take place at Lessebo Paper at Storgatan 79 in Lessebo, commencing no later than 18:00.

31/8 - Guided tours

Lessebo Paper will offer free guided tours 11-15 about today’s production of high quality fine paper. Entrance at the main ports of Lessebo Paper. Please note that the guided tours will be taken place during the production of paper, high sound volume, warm temperatures will occur. An age limit of 12 years in legal guardians’ liability is applied.

Science Gym will be in Lessebo for the day, Olympic Champion in heptathlon, Carolina Klüft will cut the ribbon. Find more information here. Lessebo GoIF will have a barbeque in Lessebo Hembygdspark.

Stenmagasinet – Lessebo Hembygdsmuseum is open during the day with a large number of exhibitions about the history of Lessebo paper mill.

26/9 - Royal visit at Lessebo Paper

Lessebo paper mill celebrates its 300th anniversary of the permission to produce paper signed by the Swedish National Boars of Trade – a celebration HM King Carl XVI Gustaf and HM Queen Silvia will be taking part in.

The 300-year celebration of paper production at Lessebo continues in September. Lessebo Paper and HM King Carl XVI Gustaf and HM Queen Silvia will together celebrate the anniversary in Lessebo on 26 September. At 10 am, a ceremony for the public and media will be held at the park of the manor adjacent to the paper mill. The King and Queen of Sweden will during the day visit Lessebo Paper and Lessebo hand paper mill.

At Lessebo Paper, the planning for the royal visit is at full speed and Göran Johansson, Chairman of the Board at Lessebo Paper AB, looks forward to the visit. ”We are pleased that the royal couple accepted our invitation and that they find an interest in the modern paper production we have today, as well as the cultural history the paper carries in Lessebo”.



Erik Knutsson bought land between the lake Läen and the lake Öjen with a plan to start producing different kinds of iron.


Lessebo mill started as an iron mill; utilizing wood, iron ore from Läen and hydropower. The production of cast iron was the first industrial operation in the area.

Stamp used to mark products from Lessebo iron mill.


Slowly during the years, handmade paper took over as the main product. The customer Lessebo had was the newly established naval base in Karlskrona.

Workers at the hand paper mill in 1934, a process that has been the same since 1693.


Lessebo mill received permission to produce and sell paper by the Swedish National Board of Trade. The Swedish Navy guaranteed that they quality of the paper held a high standard.


Johan Lorens Aschan was the owner of Lessebo mill 1802-1856. Aschan made a great impact on Lessebo during his time as an owner by arranging healthcare and education for all the employees at Lessebo iron- and paper mill and the adjacent businesses.


The owner of Lessebo iron- and paper mill at that time, Johan Lorentz Aschan, bought Lessebo’s first paper machine from England.

Lessebo mill circa 1840


Lessebo paper mill invested in the construction of the railway system in south of Sweden. The investment made it possible to have an influence on the railways’ route and Lessebo got a railway station.


Lessebo mill stopped the production of iron and the production of paper became our core business.


Decision was made to build and start an integrated pulp mill. The pulp mill was taken into action a few years later.


Lessebo paper mill got its first FSC Certificate.


Lessebo paper mill invests in two new sheet cutters, one optimized for cut-size formats and one optimized for folio sizes. A ream wrapping machine and a pallet wrapping machine were also acquired. The investment also entailed a new warehouse.


Lessebo Paper became a privately held company.


Lessebo Paper is celebrating 300 years of commercial paper production.