Degerfors

Last updated: 17 7 2020

Degerfors municipality is located in the old county of Värmland, and is part of Örebro county. We are located centrally between Stockholm, Göteborg and Oslo and have good communications by bus and train.

Facts about the municipality

Population numbers

9,666

Size by area

432 km²

Distance to larger towns

  • Örebro 57 km
  • Karlstad 68 km
  • Stockholm 257 km
  • Göteborg 253 km

Our municipality is located in a beautiful area, with several lakes and pretty landscape. Degerfors has around 10,000 inhabitants. We live in a pleasant and secure environment, close to schools, work and nature.

Housing

The municipality has range of different types of housing. The municipal housing company has around 1,000 flats, and in addition there are a number of private housing companies. Degerfors' website has a list of housing companies.

Language groups in the locality

The municipality is a Finnish management area, which means that Finnish is a large language group. Other major language groups are Tigrinya, Somali and Arabic.

Associations and organisations

There are around 150 associations in the municipality, which contribute to an active association scene.

What is available in the immediate area

Degerfors is the central population centre in the municipality. It has library, shops, food shops, café, restaurants, football pitches and a ball game hall. There are several second-hand shops and flea markets with a large range of furniture, household goods and clothes. There is also a medical centre. There are two smaller populations centres in the municipality, Svartå and Åtorp, which have nursery schools and schools, food shops and restaurants.

Childcare

There are eleven nursery schools in the municipality. Children aged 1 to 5 years spend time here while their parents study or work. There is also an open nursery school which is a meeting place for parents with children aged 0-6 years.

Compulsory schools and upper secondary schools

There are six comprehensive schools in the municipality. These cater for pupils from the pre-school class up to year 9. The upper secondary school Möckelngymnasiet has both theoretical and practical programmes.

Education opportunities

Our neighbouring municipality Karlskoga has an occupational college, folk high school, adult upper secondary education and Swedish for Immigrants, SfI. There are universities in Örebro and Karlstad, both within 1 hour of travel. There are also a number of study associations offering various types of training.

Health and medical care

Degerfors has a medical centre, Pilgården. It offers child healthcare clinics and ante-natal clinics among other services. The nearest hospital is in Karlskoga. It offers accident and emergency medicine and a maternity department.

For dental care, there is both the county dental care and private alternatives.

The municipality is responsible for care of elderly, persons with disabilities and for children and families that need extra support.

Interpreter assistance

If interpreting assistance is necessary, we contact the Örebro interpreter and translator service.

Public transport

Bus traffic in the municipality is run by Länstrafiken i Örebro. Degerfors also has good train communications with Karlstad, Oslo, Stockholm and Göteborg. The nearest airports are in Örebro and Karlstad.

Work and entrepreneurship

There are around 600 companies in Degerfors municipality. Of the 3,300 jobs in the municipality, 1,200 are within industry. The largest private employer is Outokumpu, which is the world's largest manufacturer of stainless sheet metal.

Do you want to learn more about business in the municipality, please contact the business department.