Söderhamn has extensive experience in handling new arrivals and the municipality has made a website especially for new arrivals in Söderhamn.
Please visit us at
The municipality has housing companies through which you can look for rented flats, tenant-owned flats or other types of housing.
On the municipality's website is more information about available housing and the companies that provide it.
Language groups in the locality
Several different languages are represented in the municipality. The biggest ones besides Swedish are Somali, Tigrinya, Arabic, Dari and Persian. Children and young people whose native language is not Swedish are entitled to
native language lessons at school.
Associations and organisations
In the municipality there are a large number of associations with different emphases. For example, sports associations, cultural associations, churches and different communions. On the municipality's you can search in the
association register for an association which matches your interests.
What is available in the immediate area
The municipality has most everything you might need. There's a library, supermarkets and various types of services and shops. Arbetsförmedlingen, a social welfare office, Försäkringskassan and the Tax Agency are also all here and easily accessible.
There are also sports facilities and a considerable offering of various recreational and culture activities.
If you don't have your own sports equipment, you can borrow used kit at
Sportoteket for a limited period of time.
There are also a number of
charity shops where you can buy cheap clothes, household utensils and furniture.
You can read more about what is available and about scheduled
activities on the municipality's website.
Söderhamn is also home to one of the
Migration Agency's reception units. I fyou need help with issues regarding e g housing, daily allowance or Asylum Seeker Cards (LMA) during the time you are waiting for a decision, you can turn to them.
The municipality offers educational activities such as preschool and family day nurseries to children aged 1-5. There are around 20 preschools in Söderhamn, some run by the municipality and some independently. If your child is not attending any preschool activity, you can go to Open preschool, which is part of the family centre.
municipality's website for more information.
Application forms for preschool and day recreation centres.
Comprehensive and upper secondary schools
The municipality offers compulsory schooling for pupils up to year 9. On the municipality's website is
more information about compulsory school and also about possibilities for an
upper secondary programme.
Culture school is a voluntary activity providing teaching in dance, drama, theatre, rhythmics and music.
Application forms for preschool class and compulsory school choices.
Application to upper secondary school.
Application to culture school.
The municipality offers various types of adult education and
Swedish for immigrants (Sfi). Our adult education programme includes everything from compulsory school subjects to higher education programmes. You can
read more about all the possibilities on the municipality's website.
Application to an education programme.
Application for validation of qualifications.
Health and medical care
Several different forms of medical care are available through the municipality's
medical care centres.
Söderhamn Family Centre is a meeting venue for families with children aged 0-5, or with pregnant mothers. There is a midwifery clinic, child health care services (BVC), a social welfare officer and open preschool.
Region Gävleborg has a special medical care centre in Söderhamn called
Asyl och migranthälsan (asylum and migrant health) that offers health and medical care and health counselling for asylum seekers.
In all contacts with authorities, the municipality and care services, you are entitled to interpreting help if you do not speak or understand Swedish. An interpreter will be arranged in advance by the authority in question, at your request.
Söderhamn municipality has a public transport system, and wants more people to use public transport. We therefore issue
free bus cards to eveyone aged between 7 and 19 who is registered as resident in the municipality. Frequent buses and trains depart from
Resecentrum in the centre.
X-trafik's local and regional bus network extends to all parts of the municipality. Resecentrum is also a stopping point for
Y-buss weekend and long distance buses.
Work and entrepreneurship
In the municipality, or within commuting distance of it, are numerous big as well as smaller employers. You can see what jobs are currently available under the tab Available Jobs in the introduction to the presentation. Our new entrepreneur programme can teach you what you need to know if you want to start your own business.