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 –
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.
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
The Red Cross
All the organisations with contact details are listed on
the Immigrant Institute's website.