Östergötlands län

Östergötland is Sweden's fourth largest county with 428,379 residents (2011). You'll find here countryside and large towns, the archipelago and wooded areas and an extremely varied cultural and economic life. In total there are thirteen municipalities in the county.


Housing situation

In the municipalities in Östgötaland there is currently a lack of housing in almost half of the chief towns. Comparing the number of newly built flats and the change in the number of residents shows that the population is increasing faster than the number of newly built flats in the county. In Östergötland we are now starting to see a lack of accommodation developing in areas where previously there was a balance in the accommodation market.

Business and employers

The largest employer is the county council with approximately11,000 employees, followed by Norrköping municipality with approximately 8,700 employees and Linköping municipality with approximately 6,800 employees. The largest private employers in the county are Saab Aerospace in Linköping, Siemens Industries in Finspång and Bt products in Mjölby.

Schools and education

Linköping University (LiU) is one of Sweden’s largest seats of learning. At LiU there are around 27,000 students and the number of employees is approximately 3,900. LiU’s campus is located in Linköping and Norrköping and the university is an important driver of the region’s development. LiU is the university in Sweden which offers the most professional training such as that required to become a doctor, teacher, civil engineer and economist. Through its international contacts, there is a large number of exchange students.

Medical care

There are three hospitals in the county, the University Hospital in Linköping, Vrinnevis Hospital in Norrköping and a general hospital in Motala. The University Hospital in Linköping has 600 beds and every year the employees, of which there is just over 5,000, accept over 40,000 patients from all over southeast Sweden. Vrinnevi Hospital in Norrköping, with just over 300 beds and approximately 2,200 employees, is an emergency hospital with a broad range of activities. The general hospital in Motala has just over 100 beds and approximately 1,100 employees.

Culture and leisure

Östergötland offers a lively and exciting range of high-quality cultural activities. Theatre, music, dance, exhibitions, libraries, films, festivals for a large number of cultural enthusiasts in all genres.

Sweden has a strong economy. Associations are organisations which are driven by members. The associations include sports clubs, cultural associations and work associations. There are many associations where you can meet people from different parts of the world. Some of the associations can be found via the Immigrant Institute.

Associations and organisations – civil society

The county council of Östergötland, with its integrative remit, has a collaborative and coordinating role with respect to the county's thirteen municipalities with regard to the acceptance and follow-up of refugees. It arranges active collaboration in the county between authorities, the county's municipalities, companies and non-profit organisations in order to create good conditions in society for the county's residents, both for private individuals and entrepreneurs, as well as those who have recently settled in Sweden.

Vacant jobs

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

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

Bilda Gårdshuset

Gårdshuset is the Study association Bilda's activity centre in Linköping. It is a non-profit organisation, which caters mainly to adults who are new to Sweden. Gårdshuset, at present, has three focus areas:

  • Orientation course,
  • mother-child Swedish and
  • places for the long-term unemployed. 

Studieförbundet Bilda focuses on life-issues and wishes to, through culture and education in various forms, contribute to encourage people to meet each other and create new perspectives. Bilda offers study circles, courses, cultural programmes and other public education activities.

Civil defence federation, Västra Östergötland

Civil defence federation, Västra Östergötland increases your risk awareness. In our courses, you learn to manage different accidents and crisis situations, such as long power failures, contaminated drinking water, prolonged isolation and outdoor emergencies. We also provide tips and advice on safety in daily life. If you are prepared when everything is normal, then you will also be able to manage crises in a better way. A lot can be prevented with simple measures, which you can learn more about in our courses.

Frivilligcentralen (Volunteer Centre)

Language cafe and help with homework 4 days a week at the City library and two days a week at the Hageby library in Norrköping.

Imagine (what we can do)

Imagine (what we can do) är en ideell förening som startade 2014. Föreningen verksamhet utgör en plattform för Imagine (what we can do) is a non-profit organisation that started in 2014. The association's activities provide a platform for development projects regarding democracy, human rights and culture.

The association's project Grannsamverkan is about making contacts between families in two segregated residential areas in Norrköping. The association also offers a women's group in the city area Marielund. Women who have lived in Sweden for a few years as well as the newly arrived women come here.

Red Cross, Linköping

We save lives and give hope all over the world, in Sweden and in Linköping, each day. We prevent catastrophes and contribute to compassion and much more. In Linköping, we provide:

Visits to the homes for the elderly

  • Help with homework
  • Practice in Swedish
  • Refugee support
  • Information and education
  • Work training
  • Three second-hand shops

Read more about us on our web page. You can also read more about becoming a volunteer.


​Together we can do more!

The scouts provide over 63,000 children and youth from all parts of the society, the chance to experience adventure together and grow as individuals. This means that each day, we contribute to an open society characterised by diversity and respect, something that is more relevant than ever. The fact that we have 100 years' experience of active life also means that we have experiences that we would like to share; everything from group dynamics and leadership to personal development and enhanced self-esteem. How would you like to be involved and contribute? You can find your closest scout union on bliscout.nu

Studiefrämjandet (The Swedish Federation for study promotion) in Östergötland

​Vi är ett studieförbund som välkomnar människor som vill lära och utvecklas tillsammans med andra. The Swedish Federation for studytudiefrämjandet promotion can help in forming associations, organising events and getting together around common interests. This place offers opportunities to practice Swedish, photography, play music, and much more.

We have offices in Linköping, Norrköping and Motala.

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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