many different types of housing, everything from rented flats to tenant-owner flats and detached family houses. These are located centrally in the town, near the border, by the river or the sea, or out in the countryside.
Language groups in the locality
Here you can find Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Persian, Estonian, Thai, Tigrinya, English, Romani Chib and Meänkieli.
Associations and organisations
There is a Church of Sweden, the Orthodox Church in Tornio, a mosque in Tornio, the Peace Association and the Philadelphia congregation.
What is available in the immediate area
Citizens’ office, social insurance office, employment service and tax office can be found in Haparanda. There is also an integration unit with refugee reception, shopping centre with an indoor mall and IKEA. The resource workshop renovates and sells second-hand furniture. The corresponding services are also available in Tornio.
Haparanda has free-of-charge
childcare for those who live in the municipality.
Comprehensive and upper secondary schools
Haparanda has several comprehensive schools, from pre-school to year 9. We also have a Montessori comprehensive school and a language school. The language school has pupils from both Haparanda and Tornio. One upper secondary school
The learning environment in our schools is such that all children, pupils, students and staff feel the joy of growing and the satisfaction of making advances and succeeding.
Children, young persons and adults make international contacts and have a varied cultural offering and are stimulated to their own creativity and physical activities. A positive lifestyle and a meaningful leisure time shall be the factors that unite Haparanda and the entire region.
The culture school in Haparanda currently offers teaching in music, art, dance and theatre. The culture school teachers take care of nearly all music teaching in the municipality’s comprehensive schools and upper secondary school. In music, the aim is that all pupils shall have the opportunity to play their instrument for at least 20 minutes per week. This can be done individually or in a group. As well as individual tuition, we also have orchestras and other activities that pupils can participate in as from year 3. Dance teaching is carried out in the afternoons and evenings for children of varying ages. Artistic dance is primarily taught. The aim is to increase the interest in dance in the municipality. The teaching takes place at the youth house Station. Two groups are studying art, both on Mondays. The art teaching is done at the Swedish-Finnish folk high school, under the guidance of the school’s art teacher. Theatre activities take place in the evening at Staren assembly hall at Gränsskolan.
Social orientation teaching is carried out via a video link. There is adult upper secondary education and
SfI, Swedish for Immigrants.
Högskoleförbundet Östra Norrbotten.
Health and medical care
We do our best to ensure you are happy and receive as good service and healthcare as possible from knowledgeable staff.
The medical centre has staff with broad competency and long experience within various areas, which means we can give you professional care and good service.
Apart from district doctors, we also have district nurses, diabetes nurses, ambulance nurses, practice nurses, auxilliary nurses, medical secretaries, psychologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, as well as podiatrists. We are also responsible for the ambulance service. There is an X-ray department and laboratory and also light treatment.
the Family House, you can find our midwifes and child healthcare nurses. In the Family House, apart from midwifes and child healthcare nurses, there are also trained nursery school staff, and an open nursery school is available at some times.
Interpreters are available at all public authority offices.
Länstrafiken i Norrbotten.
Circle Line in Haparanda
Work and entrepreneurship
Here you can find IKEA Haparanda, Polarica, Haparanda municipality, Outokumpu and Billerud Karlsborg