Agriculture still plays a major role in the municipality. Traditionally the industry has been engaged in the further processing of agricultural and forestry products. Lerum Industries AS– a producer of lemonade, syrup, juice and jam- is a corner stone company being the largest factory of this kind in Norway. Nortura is a meat processing company specializing in cured meat products. Together with Lerum it constitutes the main actor within traditional industry in our town.
Many of the public service functions for the region are located in Sogndal. Moreover, Sogndal is the trade centre for a district of about 30,000 inhabitants. There are about 70 shops in the compact centre of Sogndal. The shops are located in the new and modern shopping mall called Sogningen Storsenter, and in the old town known as Fjøra.
At Kaupanger Industrial Estate you find, in addition to the Lerum plant, craftsmen and car dealers.
It is important to keep up thriving communities in rural Norway with a stable population and a sound economy. Therefore the local authorities offer assistance to those who want to establish a business in Sogndal. Sogndal has a highly qualified work force with many high degrees in information technology, economics, aquaculture and tourism. It is therefore ideally suited for establishment of trade in these areas.