Uppvidinge

The name Uppvidinge means the upper woodlands and the municipality has a great deal of countryside with forests and lakes. Here, the houses are spread out and the people are spread out as well. Where else can you live in a municipality where you close to basic services and which has a strong economy with plenty of leisure activities.

Presentation

Välkommen till Uppvidinge kommun

​​Housing

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.

Uppvidingehus bygger nya lägenheter för att fler ska kunna hitta boende.

Bo i Uppvidinge

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.

Det finns mycket att göra i Uppvidinge 

What is available in the immediate area

There are currently two staffed meeting venues (träffpunkt) organised by Uppvidinge municipality:
Träffpunkten Alstermo, Tallvägen 1B, open weekdays 11.00-19.00.
Träffpunkten Åseda, Södra Esplanaden 9, open weekdays 12.00-19.00.
Newly arrived can meet here and receive help with questions they might have and with the Swedish language. Various activities are organised, and you can take part in study circles. Around the municipality there are also other meeting venues with charity shops.  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 Emmaus.​​

The social welfare service can be found at Storgatan 29 in Lenhovda.  If you are part of the introduction initiative, you can get help from Arbetsförmedlingen in Växjö (Kronobergsgatan 18). They are open 09.00-16.00 on Mondays and 10.00-16.00 Tuesday-Friday. They close on the first two weekdays of every month.

Also in Lenhovda is Uppvidinge municipality's introduction unit (Villagatan 5), which welcomes unaccompanied children and young people as well as other newly arrived individuals and families. A team leader, three social welfare officers and two administrators work here.

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.

Childcare

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.

Bild från skola i Uppvidinge

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.

Education opportunities

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. Lenhovda and 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.

Interpreter assistance

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.

Ta dig runt i Uppvidinge 

Public transport

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 train and 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 business, you can also contact Nyföretagarcentrum, which has an office in Åseda. If you need financing, advice or perhaps a mentor in order to succeed in your business venture, ALMI can be a good contact.

Some of the largest employers in the municipality are Profilgruppen, Amokabel, GFAB, Inwido and Uppvidinge municipality itself.
 

Vacant jobs

Here you can see jobs that are vacant right now in the municipality and the surrounding area.

Write in any word to filter the list
Job headingProfession
Elektriker till underhållsavdelning! Industrielektriker
Socialsekreterare med inriktning ekonomiskt bistånd Socionom
Marknadsinriktad verksamhetsledare till Älgskadefondsföreningen Organisationschef
Sjuksköterska till Hemgångsstödjande team och tillfälliga platser. Sjuksköterska, äldreomsorg och -vård/geriatrik
Lagermedarbetare IT - avdelning Lagerarbetare
Elevassistent Nottebäckskolan Elevassistent
Callcenter Agent i Åseda Kundtjänstmedarbetare
Produktionstekniker till Spaljisten i Åseda Produktionstekniker, maskin/verkstad
Områdeschef till Olofsgården Områdeschef, äldre- och handikappomsorg
Vårdare gruppbostad - vill du ha ett meningsfullt arbete där du gör skillnad? Vårdare/Arbetshandledare/Boendestödjare
Lärare svenska , svenska som andraspråk – Uppvidinge Gymnasieskola Lärare i gymnasiet
Lärare svenska , svenska som andraspråk – Uppvidinge Gymnasieskola Lärare i gymnasiet
Elevassistent till Alstermoskolan. Elevassistent
Träslöjdslärare till Älghultskolan och Alstermoskolan. Lärare i grundskolan, årskurs 7-9
Undersköterskor till hemtjänsten i Lenhovda Undersköterska, hemtjänst och äldreboende
Köksbiträde 90% TV Köksbiträde
TopWork rekryterar speciallärare till kommun utanför Växjö Speciallärare
Maskinoperatör till Åseda för långsiktigt uppdrag Maskinoperatör, mekanisk verkstad
Fysioterapeut / sjukgymnast till vår rehabmottagning på Lenhovda vårdcentral Fysioterapeut/Sjukgymnast
Underhållsingenjör Underhållsmekaniker

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Service map

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Uppvidinge

Facts about the municipality

Population numbers

9 300

​Size by area

1 178 km2

Distance to larger towns

Vetlanda 40 km

Växjö 50 km

Kalmar 97 km

Göteborg 268 km

Malmö 290 km

Stockholm 375 km

Municipality’s website

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