Värmlands län

Around 274,300 residents live in Värmland county. Most live in the county's largest town of Karlstad. Värmland has beautiful natural surroundings and wherever you live you are close to forests and water. Here you can pursue everything from swimming, fishing and boating to skiing in the winter.


Housing situation

In some of the county’s municipality’s there is a lack of vacant accommodation. More often than not it is easier to find accommodation in a smaller location. Many people in Värmland live in one location and work or study in another. There are good bus and rail links between the many towns in the county.

Business and employers

The county has a large traditional industry with companies representing, amongst others, pulp and paper, steel and the garage industry. There are also sectors within development, IT, packaging, foodstuffs, retail, tourism and culture. The public sector with the municipalities, county council and other authorities is also a major employer.

Schools and education

Värmland has a wide variety of education options. In addition to the 18 national educational programmes at the upper secondary school, there is also access to higher education and research at Karlstad University. There are also two smaller colleges – Bergskolan and Gammelkroppa skogshögskola.

The county's many vocational colleges also offer many training courses and the collaboration between schools and working life functions very well. New educational courses are being started based on the needs of the economy.

Medical care

The county council in Värmland works with healthcare, medical care and dental care. Within the county there are around 7,000 employees. There are thirty welfare centres in the county and hospitals in Arvika, Karlstad and Torsby municipality. The central hospital in Karlstad is the largest in the county. There are around 40 dental clinics around Värmland.

Culture and leisure

In Värmland there is a wide variety of activities for those who are interested in culture, history, music, sport, entertainment or nature. The many lakes offer activities such as fishing, swimming and boating in the summer and in the winter there are good opportunities for skiing in northern Värmland. With its many hiking trails and around 160 nature reserves, Värmland is a perfect location for those who want to hike in beautiful countryside. The county also has an interesting history with ancient monuments dating from the Stone Age. There is also a broad range of associations with many opportunities to take part in sport and leisure activities.

Associations and organisations – civil society

In Värmland there are several organisations and associations which work with refugee and integration issues. Some of these are:

Save the Children

Migration Centre

Internationella Qvinnoföreningen

The Red Cross

All the organisations with contact details are listed on the Immigrant Institute's website.

Vacant jobs

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

ABF Värmland

ABF is Sweden's biggest study association and offers study circles, courses, lectures and cultural events. ABF also implements efforts for providing language support and civic orientation in several places in Värmland.

Föräldrastödet i Värmland (Parental support in Värmland)

​​Föräldrastödet i Värmland is a non-profit organisation which is party-politically and religiously independent. The association operates, among other things, the project Kulturdoula, which supports newly arrived pregnant women. Moreover, the association offers Swedish with baby! With conversation, fun and laughter as a method, one can practice Swedish together with parents from various residential areas and different parts of the world.

NBV - Nykterhetsrörelsens bildningsverksamhet

​​NBV - Nykterhetsrörelsens bildningsverksamhet (The Educational Association of the Sobriety Movement) is the country's oldest study association with 120 years' experience in public education. NBV works with issues on alcohol and other drugs, and public health and integration. NBV has centres all over the world and offers study circles, courses, lectures and cultural events. NBV organises, among other things, international cafes and language training in some places in Värmland.

Rädda Barnen (Save the children)

Rädda Barnen is a children's rights organisation, which is based on the UN convention on children's rights. Rädda Barnen works towards providing all children the right to life and development, safety and protection, and right to participation. Rädda Barnen has centres in many places in Värmland and offers, among other things, activities for unaccompanied minors.

Red Cross

Red Cross is the world's main catastrophe organisation and consists of millions of volunteers who have decided to help other people. The Red Cross and Red Crescent are parts of the same organisation and are found nearly everywhere in the world. The Red Cross is also there in Värmland and offers, among other things, language support in Swedish and help with homework.

The Swedish Church

The Swedish Church is much more than a gathering place for the service of God. The Swedish Church is engaged in social issues of the world and Sweden. In Värmland, the Swedish church arranges activities such as language cafes, offers support and answers various questions raised by people who are new to Sweden.

Värmlands Idrottsförbund (The Värmland Sports Federation)

Värmland Sports Federation has the mission of representing, supporting and coordinating sports activities in the county. The sports federation also ensures that good conditions are provided to facilitate the participation of the newly arrived girls and boys, women and men in the Swedish society through various types of sports activities.

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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Municipalities in the county



Värmland has 16 municipalities: Arvika, Eda, Filipstad, Forshaga, Kristinehamn, Storfors, Hagfors, Hammarö, Kil, Karlstad, Munkfors, Sunne, Säffle, Torsby, Årjäng and Grums. Karlstad is the largest municipality with around 87,800 residents and Munkfors is the smallest with approximately 3,700 residents. An approximate total of 274,300 residents live in Värmland county.

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