Luleå has many different housing areas, with detached family houses, rented flats and tenant-owner flats.
Lulebo is the municipal housing company, which administers rented flats. 91 per cent of Lulebo’s tenants are happy with their housing. Lulebo can offer central locations, but also homes for those who want to be close to nature. You can also choose to rent housing from private housing companies. For newly arrived refugees, the municipal refugee reception help you find a flat.
Language groups in the locality
Of the 75,000 inhabitants in Luleå, around 6,800 are born in another country. The most common language groups for persons with a non-Nordic background living in Luleå are Arabic, Persian, Dari, Thai, Burmese, Chinese, Tigrinya and English, to mention just a few.
Associations and organisations
Luleå has a broad range of associations, with
more than 500 registered. They concern themselves with sports, culture, outdoor living and healthcare. There are also a number of churches and religious congregations. Luleå also has associations and organisations aimed at immigrants, among them the Islamic Association, the Swedish-Burmese Association and the Russian-Swedish association Sputnik, to mention just a few.
What is available in the immediate area
Living in Luleå gives you a greater choice. The short distances between home, work, school and leisure activities make life easier. Here you can find it all – nature experiences, sport, culture and entertainment, such as shops, restaurants, sport centres/gyms, cinemas and Norrbotten Theatre. Luleå also has the Culture House, which houses the city library, art gallery, concert halls and a café and restaurant. Luleå offers a broad range of music, with many choirs. There is game fishing close to the city at Hertsöträsket, only a few kilometres from Luleå, and several protected nature areas just on the doorstep of the city. Luleå is a city for shopping, with several malls in the centre and in the trading area Storheden just outside the city. Luleå also has several different second-hand shops, selling used furniture, technical and sports goods, textiles, clothes, china and books. Luleå is also a sporting city, with three popular elite teams, Luleå Hockey, LF Basket and Northland Basket. Arcushallen is one of the largest indoor arenas in Sweden for sport, trade fairs and more. Luleå has 15 sports halls and 23 sports grounds, 4 swimming pools and 5 ice rinks, as well as an indoor riding school.
The employment service, tax office and social insurance office are located centrally, as is the social services office and the integration department’s refugee reception.
Luleå is the best choice for families with children. Here, you are close to everything, from nursery school to university. Luleå has nursery schools for children aged 1-5 years, and other education activities, such as family day nurseries for children aged 1-5 years, care outside normal hours, open meeting places for people who are at home with children, after-school clubs and independent nursery schools. Luleå’s municipal nursery schools have a department adapted for children needing special support, such as reduced hearing/deafness, speech impediments and multiple disabilities.
Comprehensive and upper secondary schools
Luleå municipality wants the nearest school to be the best school! It is the municipality’s vision that Luleå’s municipal schools shall be a learning environment where all children and students as well as staff are given the prerequisites to succeed.
Each municipal school has a geographic area of responsibility, and the schools must in the first instance admit children who live within this area. Your child is thus guaranteed a place in one of the municipal schools close to your home. The municipal comprehensive school is free of charge.
Luleå also has a culture school and Montessori school, as well as independent schools, such as Norrskenet, Nya Läroverket and Kvarnå Friskola in Niemisel.
In Luleå, you can choose between attending
Luleå Gymnasieby, which is the municipality’s own upper secondary school, or one of the independent upper secondary schools. Luleå Gymnasieskola is located centrally in the campus area Luleå Gymnasieby, which houses around 2,300 pupils and 280 staff, gathered together in a creative and inspiring learning environment.
Luleå also has special schools at comprehensive and upper secondary level located in the same buildings as the ordinary comprehensive and upper secondary schools.
There is a broad range of options and great opportunities for those who wish to study. Municipal adult education provides the opportunity to read
Swedish for Immigrants, and also gives social orientation for new arrivals. You can study at comprehensive or upper secondary level here.
Adult education also offers opportunities to study vocational college courses, which are at post-upper secondary level and always fulfil a real demand from the labour market. This means that the content and aims of the courses vary, and are adapted continuously.
Luleå can also offer special education for adults. The education is a voluntary form of schooling for persons who have turned 20 years and have a mental disability, autism or who have suffered brain damage as adults.
Luleå also is home to
Sunderby folk high school, which has a general programme and various courses. If you want to study at university, you can apply to Luleå Technical University, which has almost 19,000 students, where the courses have an emphasis in the area of technology. The university also offers large-scale teacher training, economics education and other social science education, as well as courses within music, dance, theatre and media. Applies research is also carried out in close collaboration with international and national companies.
Health and medical care
Luleå is part of Norrbotten county council, and there are currently nine medical centres in the municipality. The medical centre looks after you throughout life. When, as a newborn, you are weighed and measured at the child healthcare clinic. When you have your first bout of tonsillitis, twist your ankle or get gastritis. When you get older and perhaps need regular tests and medications. Doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, and all the others who are specialists in the whole person. At the medical centres, we want to give you the care that is needed, when it is needed.
Luleå also has Sunderby hospital, which is a competency centre for all of Norrbotten’s medical care. It is the county hospital, with specialist functions, but also the neighbourhood hospital for people living in Luleå and Boden. Sunderby hospital provides both emergency and planned medical care within all areas of specialisation, apart from thorax and neuro-surgery.
The maternity department is the largest north of Uppsala, with just over 1,900 births per year. The hospital takes care of nearly all emergency operations in the county.
In spring 2011, Sunderby hospital started to receive medical students, who carry out the last three years of their training at the hospital. A total of 60 future doctors, at various levels, study at the hospital simultaneously.
If you do not speak or understand Swedish, you are entitled to help from an interpreter of your language when contacting public authorities. The authority involved orders the interpreter service. You are also entitled to an interpreter if you have impaired hearing or speech. Luleå has an
interpreter service available to the inhabitants of the municipality. The interpreter service can offer a contact interpreter on location, or telephone interpreting. A service to translate documents and brochures is also available.
In Luleå, you are close to almost everything. The centre is 10 minutes away from Luleå Airport, which is Sweden’s fifth largest airport, with around 1 million passengers each year and around 15 daily connections to Arlanda, as well as both regional flights and foreign charters. Public transport in Luleå is well developed, with both the bus station and train station centrally located.
Luleå is also a good city for walking and cycling, with 170 km of bicycle paths. It also has Sweden’s most northerly harbour, which receives around 600 ships a year.
Work and entrepreneurship
With 6,500 employees, the municipality is a major employer, responsible for schools, elderly care, streets and parks, among other things. The largest factories are SSAB Tunnplåt and Ferruform. Other major employers are Norrbotten county council and Coop Norrbotten. There are, of course, also quite a few companies linked to Luleå Technical University, among them companies in the IT sector. Luleå Science Park, close to the university, is the largest technology village in Norrland, with around 80 knowledge companies. Facebook chose Luleå due to its high technical comptency, natural cooling and stable electricity network. The computer centre in the Porsön area will be the largest of its kind in Europe.