Gotlands län

Gotland is often described as the hub of the sea, an island that gathers and unites. That's how it's been historically, and that's how it still is today. Gotland is Sweden's largest island, and has around 58,000 inhabitants; a number which is multiplied every year thanks to hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers and other visitors. On Gotland, you'll have town and countryside, as well as fantastic nature and a blossoming supply of culture and leisure activities close at hand. You can get to and from the island easily by ferry or plane. There are many reasons to move here, not least a good learning environment for children, many active associations and organisations, and a strong labour market. Gotland has a coastal climate with mild winters and pleasant summers. Welcome to Gotland!

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Sweden is divided into 21 counties and 290 municipalities. All counties except Gotland comprise several municipalities. Gotland has one municipality, Region Gotland, which is responsible for things such as education, social services, care for the elderly, and health care issues. Read more about Region Gotland.

Housing situation

There are different kinds of homes, both in countryside villages and in the county's biggest town, Visby. Many people want to live in Visby, which is why there are greater chances of finding a year-round home elsewhere in the county. Municipal housing company Gotlandshem, which owns properties all over Gotland, has the highest number of rental homes. Registering in their housing queue is free; read more on Gotlandshem's website.

There are also private property owners who rent out homes. You'll find a list of them on Gotland's Tourist Information Office's website, for instance. There, you'll also find contact details for Inflyttarbyrån (the Moving-In Agency), which can help with information about moving to Gotland. Inflyttarbyrån also has a Facebook page, and organises various regular events where people who have recently moved in can meet.

Read more about homes and housing on Region Gotland's page.

Business and employers

Gotland has a strong tradition of entrepreneurship which is constantly producing and developing business ideas in a multitude of different industries. There are many small businesses on the island – around nine out of ten Gotland businesses have fewer than five employees.

Agriculture, stone, and food have long since been important industries on Gotland. Gotland's food producers work with local produce, and the end products have a high quality.

Tourism is an important part of the growing service sector. The large number of visitors has meant that many businesses, jobs and summer jobs have come from this industry.

Read more about work and businesses on Region Gotland's page.

Schools and education

There is one university on Gotland; Uppsala University's Campus Gotland. The university has many courses and education in various areas, such as biology, economics, and programming.

The Folk High School and Municipal Adult Education provide compulsory school and upper secondary school education, as well as courses with special vocational focuses.

Korta Vägen (Short Route) Visby is a preparatory labour market course aimed at academics with foreign backgrounds who live on Gotland. It's run by Stockholm University.

Adults who have been granted residency permits and who are registered as living on Gotland can study Swedish for Immigrants (SFI) via Region Gotland.

Read more about education for children and adults on Region Gotland's page.

Medical care

Gotland has several care centres. This is where you should go, in the first instance, for advice about health care. If needed, the care centre can refer you on to the hospital. Visby has a modern hospital with broad medical competence.

There are dentist's surgeries in many different places on Gotland.

You can get advice about health care and find your nearest care centre on www.1177.se/gotland or on phone number 1177. In urgent or life-threatening situations, call the emergency number: 112.

Read more about health care on Region Gotland's page.

Culture and leisure

Gotland has many study associations which organise courses and other activities. There are also many active associations in various areas, such as sports and culture associations. Institutions such as Gotlandsmusiken (Gotland Music), Länsteatern (the County Theatre) and Länsmuseet (the County Museum) also contribute to a rich cultural life.

At the libraries, borrowing books, reading newspapers, borrowing computers, looking for information and asking questions is free. Language development activities, language cafes, children's story time in several languages, books in easy-to-read Swedish, and language courses are also available. The libraries organise many events where you can meet and socialise with others. There are libraries in many villages across the island.

The youth recreation centres are important meeting points, offering a large number of free activities for young people aged 13 – 19.

Read more about culture and leisure activities on Region Gotland's page.

Associations and organisations – civil society

Gotland is home to many organisations that work with integration in different ways. Some of them are: the Red Cross, Demokrati för Barns Framtid (Democracy for Children's Future), churches and other faith organisations, Gotlands Idrottsförbund (Gotland's Sports Association) and the island's many sports clubs, ABF (the Workers' Educational Association), Bilda, Studiefrämjandet (Study Promotional Society),Folkuniversitetet (People's University), Studieförbundet Vuxenskolan (Study Association Adult School), Sensus and Mångkulturella Föreningen (the Multicultural Association).

Volunteer organisations and networks are established in many villages. Many of them organise activities and meeting points of different kinds. The Red Cross meeting point Kupan, for instance, is available in many villages.

Vacant jobs

Here you can see jobs that are vacant right now in the county and in the surrounding counties.

Write in any word to filter the list
Job headingProfession
Customer Care Agent / kundtjänst / deltid / extrajobb Kundtjänstmedarbetare
Livsmedelsarbetare Packare
Personlig assistent , 50 - 75% - Slite Personlig assistent
HR - strateg , arbetsmiljö och hälsa HR-specialist/HR-adviser
Sjuksköterska Sjuksköterska, grundutbildad
Lärare fritidshem Lärare i fritidshem/Fritidspedagog
Produktionspersonal - Gotlands Slagteri AB Maskinoperatör, kött
Affärsområde Tur: Copywriter Copywriter
Några veckor sommarjobb. Undersköterska, hemtjänst och äldreboende
Snabbkökspersonal till Medeltidsveckan Grillkock, snabbmat
Pizzabagare till Hemse Pizzabagare
Kock i Hemse Kock, à la carte
Servering i Hemse Restaurangbiträde
Områdeschef till Gotland Organisationschef
Barnvakt / extrajobb , sporadiska tillfällen , Visby Barnflicka/Barnvakt
Barnvakt / extrajobb , 4 dagar / veckan , Katthammarsvik Barnflicka/Barnvakt
Personlig assistent , timvikarie , Slite Gotland Personlig assistent
Barnskötare till Förskolan Positivet Barnskötare
Ekonomicontroller Controller
Kvalificerad handläggare för internationella utbildningsprojekt Handläggare/Utredare, offentlig förvaltning

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Organisations

Here you will find information on associations and organisations in the county.

Caritas

Caritas is the relief and development organisation of the Catholic Church, working to promote the rights and equal worth of all people. In Sweden, Caritas is involved with local support to elderly and ill people, counselling on asylum issues, against human trafficking, volunteer action etc. Around the world, Caritas carries out humanitarian work in disaster areas and supports countries in their fight against poverty and oppression. Caritas Sweden is part of Caritas Internationalis, the international Caritas confederation that is one of the world's biggest development aid networks, bringing together just over 160 Catholic relief organisations in more than 200 countries.

Church of Sweden

The Church of Sweden (Svenska kyrkan) is the country's national church and its biggest religious community. At the local level, the Church of Sweden is divided into parishes. Read more about the Church of Sweden in Gotland.

For the future of the Klintehamn area

Klintetraktens framtid is a non-profit organisation that was created in 2014 by people who support and want to develop the area around Klintehamn.

Gotland Sports Federation

The Gotland Sports Federation (Gotlands Idrottsförbund) represents sports in Gotland, with 185 member associations and their 48 different types of sport making up a considerable part of the island's recreational offering. Every year there are more than 32,000 gatherings with nearly 300,000 participants aged 7-20 – but a significant share of activities are also for adults. Sports associations provide great opportunities for getting to know new people. Sports activities are spread across the island from Fårö in the north to Burgsvik in the south, occurring in almost every parish. 114 of the 185 associations offer activities for children and young people. Through SISU, the sports educational association, you can learn more about how Swedish sport is organised, attend a leader course or learn how a democratic sports association works.

List of associations – Region Gotland

There are more than 900 associations registered in Region Gotland's association register. This includes around 500 active associations in Gotland. You can search the list by association name, type of activity, geographical location etc.

Mission Covenant Church of Sweden

​The Baptist Union of Sweden, the United Methodist Church of Sweden and the Mission Covenant Church of Sweden have merged to form a new church, Equmeniakyrkan (the Uniting Church in Sweden). During a transitional phase the Mission Covenant Church and the two other churches will each retain their own organisations. You can read more information that is specific to the Mission Covenant Church of Sweden. Information about Equmeniakyrkan in Gotland is here:
www.visbymissionsforsamling.se   
www.vardklockanskyrka.se

Save the Children Sweden

​Save the Children (Rädda Barnen) is a children's rights organisation that works to safeguard the rights of all children. Rädda Barnen's work is based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Read more about Rädda Barnen in Gotland here.

Swedish Red Cross

The Red Cross is the largest humanitarian organisation in the world. An easy way to get in touch with the Swedish Red Cross is to visit one of the country's many venues. At these there are social activities such as cafés, homework help, Swedish language practice, training programmes and courses. If you have injuries from war or torture, the Red Cross has treatment centres in nine different locations in Sweden. The Red Cross also works to help undocumented people get access to health care and have their rights provided for. Read more about the Red Cross in Gotland.

Service map

This shows you what services are available in the county. You can also use the search field for the map to find and pin a location, e.g. a residential address.

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