Östhammar municipality consists of the population centres of Östhammar, Öregrund, Gimo, Österbybruk and Alunda. The central community is Östhammar. The municipality has about 22 000 inhabitants.
Östhammarshem is the municipal housing company, offering rented flats in Östhammar, Gimo, Öregrund, Alunda, Österbybruk and Harghamn. Östhammarshem manages about 1900 flats in the municipality.
Language groups in the locality
Currently, native language teaching is offered in Thai, Arabic, Tigrinya and Somali in Östhammar municipality. Teaching can be arranged in other languages if there are at least five students.
Associations and organisations
49 sports clubs and a wealth of other associations, Östhammar provides ample opportunities for recreational activities. Sports, and football above all, are an important part of the municipality’s profile. There are also religious, political and social associations which together contribute to Östhammar’s diverse civil society.
What is available in the immediate area
There are ICA supermarkets in the population centres. The Employment Service has local agencies in Gimo and Östhammar. Most communities have a library: Östhammar, Gimo, Österbybruk, Alunda and Öregrund. The municipality has a citizen’s forum where citizens can submit proposals or ask about matters to do with the municipality.
Childcare, schools and education opportunities
There are 12 municipal preschools and
10 day recreation centres in Östhammar municipality. There are
14 municipal comprehensive schools.
Resursskolan is a school for pupils with special needs. The comprehensive schools are spread throughout the municipality.
four upper secondary schools – three municipal and one independent. There is also a cooperation agreement with Uppsala and Tierp, meaning that pupils can choose from all the national programmes. Östhammar also has a wide range of
adult education programmes. There are collaboration agreements with other municipalities, meaning that pupils can do distance learning programmes or study in another municipality.
There is a bus to Uppsala via Öregrund, Östhammar and Gimo that departs twice every hour. From Österbybruk there is a bus that connects with Upptåget twice every hour. The travelling time from Östhammar is about one hour.
Work and entrepreneurship
With 1500 companies in a range of industries, and situated in the part of Uppsala county with Sweden’s best labour market, Östhammar can offer good opportunities for work and self-support.
The business community in Östhammar is dominated by goods producers such as Forsmark nuclear facility and Sandvik Coromant, but there are also a large number of service companies in the municipality, contributing to a diverse labour market.
The five biggest employers in the municipality are
Uppsala County Council and
Iss Facilities Services. The establishment of a facility for the final storage of nuclear waste and of the Dannemora mine is expected to provide further job opportunities in the municipality.
The other communities in the county are within comfortable commuting distance, and the labour markets in Uppsala and Stockholm mean that new arrivals have good opportunities for finding work.