Last updated: 29 10 2018
Uppsala county is one of Sweden's fastest growing counties. The largest city is the county town of Uppsala, where more than 200,000 of the county's 345,000 inhabitants live. The natural landscape is varied, and includes everything from deep forests to archipelago environments. The county has just over 250 lakes and the archipelago has 11,300 islands. Uppsala county is part of the Stockholm labour market region, and it only takes 40 minutes to travel by train between Uppsala and the centre of Stockholm.
Municipalities in Uppsala län
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Uppsala is a popular county to live in and the population is constantly growing. The county is relatively small, with good communications and closeness to most things. There is a lack of housing in the county, but at the same time lots of new housing is being built in several areas. The municipalities' work on satisfying the need for housing is seen as important, and there is regional collaboration to promote house building.
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Business and employers
Some of the largest employers in the county are the municipalities, Uppsala University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and the county council. The Defence Forces and and the industrial supplier Sandvik Coromant AB in Gimo are other large employers. There are also many small companies that are expanding, particularly within the service sector.
Schools and education
The city of Uppsala is an old university town with many traditions, and is the home of two of Sweden's most prominent universities, Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The universities carry out both teaching and research of world classThere are also several vocational further education institutions, such as Enköping Vocational College.
The county council is responsible for healthcare in the county. In Uppsala municipality, there is the Akademiska hospital, one of Sweden's largest hospitals, and there is also a hospital in Enköping municipality. There are 51 medical centres throughout the county. Healthcare and dental care are also the responsibility of the county council.
Culture and leisure
The city of Uppsala offers a broad range of cultural events, with theatres, museums, concerts and festivals. Each municipality also offer a broad range of associations and leisure activities. Each municipality has open-air recreation areas. There are plenty of visitor attractions in various nature areas throughout the county, for example in the archipelago.
Associations and organisations – civil society
The county has lots of different associations, such as cultural associations, sports clubs, ethnic associations, faiths, and aid organisations, etc The county administrative board has started work on highlighting not-for-profit activities in the reception of new arrivals with the aim of getting more powers from the associations to collaborate with the public sector within the area of integrationAn important aspect is that participation in associations can contribute to people feeling more welcome as new arrivals, and provides the chance of making new contacts.