In certain places there is a shortage of vacant flats and it is difficult to get accommodation. It is often easier in small towns. It can be an advantage to live in a small municipality where it is clearer how the community works. Many people live in one town and work in another. The commuting distances are relatively short and buses and trains operate in and between the major towns in the county. On
the county's public transport website you can see an overview of the opportunities for bus travel.
Business and employers
There are numerous different occupations and employers in the county. You'll find here the manufacturing industry and highly technical research, a large service sector and jobs within healthcare and care provision. Some of the largest private employers are Atlas Copco Rock Drills AB, which manufactures machinery and equipment for mining, and the bus company Nobina Sverige AB.
Within the public sector, Örebro municipality itself and Örebro county council are the largest employers. For those of you who want to start your own companies, you can get assistance from
Almi Mälardalen and
IFS Rådgivning – for entrepreneurs with a foreign background.
Schools and education
The county has many excellent opportunities for higher education. Örebro University is one of Sweden's largest universities with around 17,000 students and 1,200 employees. The university offers studies and research within the fields of psychology, humanities, law, social sciences, natural sciences, technology, healthcare, medicine, teaching, music and sport. The Restaurant and Hotel College in Grythyttan is also run by the university.
Read more about Örebro University. There are also
numerous folk high schools and
vocational training opportunities. Other meeting places are the various learning centres.
Örebro county council operates welfare centres in all the county's municipalities. There are three hospitals in the county, in Örebro, Karlskoga and Lindesberg. The University Hospital in Örebro is one of the country's eight university hospitals. The county council is also working to prevent sickness and promote public health.
Read more about health care in Örebro county.
Culture and leisure
There is a rich cultural life and plenty of opportunities to take part in sport and leisure activities in all the county's municipalities.The library often acts as a meeting place where there are also opportunities to read books and newspapers in different languages. In Sweden, various cultural and sports associations are very important for creating contact between people from different backgrounds. Many parents are involved with the organisations which organise their child's leisure activities.
Here you'll find
sports associations and
study associations. They are form part of the civil community's work with respect to integration and meetings between different people. Other activities are organised by
the Red Cross,
the Church of Sweden and
the mosque in Örebro.
Associations and organisations – civil society
The association life, study associations, churches and religious communities are important for integration – for both adults and children. There is a sense of a commitment in the county and many meeting places for those who have recently settled in Sweden where they can learn more about Swedish society in different ways and also learn Swedish. For example, there are many places which offer help with homework for those children whose mother tongue is not Swedish. Read more at, amongst other places,
the immigrant organisations and
the Red Cross.