The town Nödinge-Nol was once three communities: Alafors, Nol and Nödinge. They have grown together into one locality. It is situated approximately 20 kilometers northeast of Gothenburg next to the euro highway E45, east of the river Göta Älv. Nödinge community was originally called Kyrkby (~Church village) and have been the site of a church since the medieval times. The current church was built 1727 and has excellent murals.
The downtown area is dominated by apartment complexes and is surrounded by an extensive countryside intermixed with villas. Downtown is Ale Torg, a shopping center with a diverse selection of stores, and Ale Gymnasium, the communities' only High School. There is also a junior high school, middle school, emergency room, library, a sports arena and a small boat harbor.
The surrounding countryside includes very steep hills with the nature area Vättlefjäll in the south east and the Göta Älv ridge to the east. Inside the town itself you can find a large number of steep hills intermixed with flat valleys that nowadays are fertile farmland, but which once was the bottom of the sea. The hills used to be islets of the old archipelago.
By beer enthusiasts, Ale is known for its brewery, Ahlafors Bryggerier.