Winters are cold, with plenty of snow, and summers are warm and full of light. Jämtland is characterised by inward migration, and you will find people here from all over Sweden and the world. Tourism, the sought-after lifestyle and the wonderful people here attract thousands of people to move here every year.
The county can offer both urban living in the small city of Östersund and rural charm on a farm in the country. It is generally easier to find housing in Jämtland county than in the metropolitan regions of southern Sweden. Prices are high in Åre and Östersund, but housing is affordable in the rest of the county.
Business and employers
Tourism is a very important source of jobs in the county, with particularly good employment prospects in the mountain resorts and Östersund. The public sector is another major employer – including government agencies, the regional administration and municipalities. Jämtland also has a very large number of small businesses.
Schools and education
Education here includes everything from private preschools to universities. Compulsory and upper secondary schools are spread throughout the county, under private as well as public management. Mittuniversitetet (Mid Sweden University) offers many different types of programmes, and specialises in areas including winter sports, crisis management and psychology.
Östersund has a big county hospital with advanced care technologies. Patients from the county's medical care centres are referred here. All municipalities have medical care centres. The standard of care is very high, and patients are referred to the regional hospital in Umeå for certain specialist treatments.
Culture and leisure
The county offers a good choice of recreational activities, catering especially well for lovers of the outdoors and sports. Winter sports of all kinds, running trails, football pitches and an active civic life all contribute to a wide range of activities throughout the year. Hunting and fishing are part of the Jämtland lifestyle. Östersund has a well-filled events calendar, with the Storsjöyran music festival one of the annual highlights.