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10 History From practical household vessels… JOHN
E JONSSON WAS NOT particularly interested in farming. Despite coming from a farming family, his interest in technology and design was evident from an early age. In 1925, together with his father-in-law, he started the company that would eventually become the leading provider of outdoor stoves in Sweden. In the beginning, they produced household pots that were primarily bought by farmers and workers. BUT THE SWEDISH HOLIDAY reform led to Swedes having more free time, which resulted in a sudden increase in the demand for camping equipment. And being a bit of an inventor, it didn’t take long before John started developing a cooking stove for outdoor life. … to an outdoor stove loved all over the world. JOHN E JONSSON WAS JOINED by his sons Olle and Erik who shared his interests and who also spent as much of their spare time as possible out in the mountains. In 1951, they launched their first prototype of the Trangia stove; a complete cooking system with a burner, pot and windshield. They decided to use liquid fuel due to its efficiency and user friendliness. THE REST OF THE STORY is outdoor history. Trangia has become one of the outdoor industry’s strongest brands, both in Sweden and around the world. Generations of scouts, mountain hikers and outdoor enthusiasts have cooked their meals on a Trangia stove made in the village of Trångsviken in northern Sweden. A TALENT FOR INNOVATION can go a long way. This was definitely the case for John E. Jonsson, and it is in his spirit that we continue to develop Trangia today. IN SWEDEN, a Trangia stove is a synonym for outdoor cooking. THE NAME TRANGIA comes from the village Trång in Jämtland, northern Sweden. Our founder John E. Jonsson decided to take away the circle over the “a” and add the “ia” to the end, which stands for “in aluminium”.