In the municipality there are plenty of houses and farms in surroundings of great natural beauty. Most people in the urban areas live in houses and flats. The municipal accommodation company AB Uppvidingehus owns and manages around 800 properties. There are also
many private landlords.
At the moment it can be difficult to find flats to rent. Public housing flats are often assigned to those in the greatest need.
Language groups in the locality
The language groups in the municipality vary due to immigration and emigration. Swedish and English are spoken by most residents. The largest language groups at the moment are Arabic and Somali. Others include Dari, Persian, Tigrinya, Russian, Polish, Hungarian and German.
If you are interested in learning to speak Swedish, you are welcome to come to the Church of Sweden's language café in Åseda’s parish house.
Associations and organisations
Uppvidinge municipality concentrates on a rich association life and good public health. Within the association life the priority is on activities for children and young people.
On the municipality's register you can search for those associations you are interested in. There are around 200 different associations including those devoted to sports, culture, music and nature.
The Somalian association is situated in Åseda and an Arabic association is in the process of being started in the municipality. The different churches run activities in many towns. It is a defining feature of Uppvidinge that there are numerous active sports associations focusing on children and young people. Several sports associations also focus in addition on ethnic diversity and integration.
What is available in the immediate area
The municipality has several libraries with a wide selection of books for all ages. At the municipality’s libraries you can also read daily newspapers and borrow magazines and audio books. You can rent films and search for information on the internet free of charge. To borrow from the library you need a library card which will be issued to you free of charge.
There are meeting places with second-hand shops throughout the municipality. In these you’ll find everything from clothes and household appliances to inexpensive furniture. Lions flea market is located in Lenhovda and in Åseda and Älghult you’ll find
Kupan Röda Korset. In Åkvarn-Björkå you’ll find
The social welfare service can be found at Storgatan 29 in Lenhovda.
In Lenhovda you’ll also find the establishment unit which welcomes children who have are separated from their parents, young people and people and families who have recently come to settle in Sweden. A project leader works there, two social welfare secretaries and an Arabic-speaking refugee guide. Each week there is also an establishment unit in Alstermo.
The family centre in Åseda is a meeting place for children, young people and adults.
In all the urban areas you’ll find food shops and there are chemists shops in Åseda and Lenhovda.
In Uppvidinge municipality there are
ten municipal preschools and three private preschools. The preschool is a group teaching activity for children aged between 1 and 5 years. In general, the preschools are open all the year round and for a large part of the day, adapted to the parents’ work hours, including holidays and the needs of the child.
In Åseda there is also an
open preschool where all families with children aged between 0 and 6 years are welcome. Here you can play, sing, be taught, make contacts and extend your network.
Comprehensive and upper secondary schools
In Uppvidinge municipality there are five comprehensive schools and one upper secondary school. There are also after-school recreation centres aimed at school children aged between 6 and 13 years. On
the municipality’s website you can read more about the different schools and after-school recreation centres.
Uppvidinge also has
an arts school where you can learn to play most instruments and receive tuition in dance, art and drama/theatre.
At Uppvidinge Upper Secondary School you have the option of tailoring your own education and can choose from among many different courses. The tuition is provided in close collaboration with trade and industry and you have a laptop while you are studying. There are plenty of opportunities to play sport, in school time as well.
Uppvidinge Upper Secondary School offers
adult education. Adult education is often studied together with upper secondary pupils which means that large parts of the courses which are offered are included in the upper secondary course programme. Uppvidinge UpperSecondary School also offers Grundvux where you can supplement a comprehensive school education. The adult education also offer distance learning within the nursing field.
Sfi tuition is available in Älghult and Åseda and social orientation is offered on an ongoing basis in several towns as required.
Health and medical care
In Lenhovda there is
a refugee health centre which offers healthcare and medical care for asylum seekers. The cost of the doctor’s visit and medication is based on the benefits the asylum seeker receives.
In Uppvidinge there are three welfare centres in three towns which can accept if you have a permanent residence permit.
Åseda welfare centres are run by the county council and in Alstermo there is also
HälsoCentralen Falken. All welfare centres also have child welfare centres.
There are several dentist clinics in the municipality. In Lenhovda and Alstermo you’ll find
national health dentists.
Anyone whose mother tongue is not Swedish is entitled to interpreting help whenever you contact the municipality or a government body if you think this is necessary. Interpreting help can currently be provided for a wide selection of languages. Interpreters are employed via an interpreting service and have signed a confidentiality agreement of course. Interpreting help is also available via the job centre’s guides if you plan to settle here and the municipality’s settlement unit currently has an Arabic-speaking refugee who can help with translation.
Public transport in the municipality is primarily provided by Länstrafiken Kronoberg and on its website you can find information regarding timetables and ticket prices.
From the larger town in the municipality there are good bus links to Växjö. From Växjö you can travel further into Sweden and overseas by
air. However, it can be difficult to travel between some towns in the municipality which means long travelling times.
Work and entrepreneurship
The municipality with its 9,300 residents has around 1,100 companies which means that every 8th person you meet on the street runs a company. There are companies within almost every sector and catering to almost every need.
If you are interested in starting your own company, you can contact
Nyföretagarcentrum, which has an office in Åseda, or
ALMI which provides advice completely free of charge.
Some of the largest employers in the municipality are
Uppvidinge municipality itself.