There is a great lack of housing in Gällivare. There are the following housing companies:
Topbostäder, HSB, Riksbyggen, Hemåt Fastigheter, LKAB Fastigheter and Focusfastigheter. Once you have received a permanent residence permit, you should joint the housing companies’ housing queues straight away.
Language groups in the locality
In Gällivare, Swedish, Sami, Tornedalian and Finnish are spoken. Some of the largest languages among new arrivals are Dari, Persian, Somali, Tigrinya, Amharic, English, Russian and Thai.
Associations and organisations
Gällivare has many and active associations, offering a large range of leisure activities, such as sports, music, theatre, arts, dance, cultural and political associations. There are several churches in Gällivare: Church of Sweden, West Laestadian Prayer House, Pentecostal Church, Salvation Army, Jehova’s Witnesses, Mission Covenant Church of Sweden and New Life. The nearest Muslim congregation is in Luleå.
Being active in an association is fun, and you get to know new people with the same interest. Many associations also have activities for children and young persons. If you want help to find the association/church that suits you in particular, please
contact the integration coordinator via telephone or email
What is available in the immediate area
Gällevare centre has shops, the Swedish Migration Board, social insurance office, employment service, tax office, an indoor swimming pool and
library. There are also shops around 1 km north of Gällivare (ICA, Coop and others), and a bus departs from Gällivare centre.
Childcare is available in Gällivare. You can apply for a nursery school place for you child if you are working, studying, on parental leave or are actively seeking work. More information about nursery schools and how to apply is available
on the municipality’s website. If you want help with applying for a nursery school place, please contact the integration coordinator via telephone or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comprehensive and upper secondary schools
Gällivare municipality has several comprehensive schools for years 1-9. The upper secondary school invests in new technology, and all pupils and teachers have their own portable computer for use in the school work. All pupils are also entitled to read the courses needed to qualify them for further education.
Adult education, Swedish for Immigrants and a neighbourhood college, as well as social orientation for new arrivals, is available in Malmberget, around 5 km north of Gällivare.
Health and medical care
Gällivare has a hospital, medical centre, ante-natal clinic, youth clinic, child healthcare clinic, emergency room and dental clinic.
Gällivare is connected via plane, traine and bus. The flight time to Stockholm is around 2.5 hours. Trains to Luleå take 2.5 hours and trains to Kiruna 1 hour. There are daily bus connections between Gällivare centre and Malmberget.
Work and entrepreneurship
Major employers in Gällivare are Gällivare municipality, LKAB, Boliden and Norrbotten county council. Gällivare has many small companies within technology, mining industry and services.