There are many different housing areas in a city the size of Västerås with privare houses, the right of tenancy and cooperative flats. If you are interested in renting your property, you should in the first instance approach the
municipal housing company Mimer which owns and rents out 11,200 rental properties all around Västerås.
Bostad Västerås deals with waiting lists for land and self-contained houses and has information what is currently being built.
Bostad Västerås’ website also lists contact details for private landlords.
Language groups in the locality
Of the 147,000 resdients of Västerås, approximately 26,000 were born in another country. The largest groups, if one doesn't include the Nordic countries, come from Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Yugoslavia. The largest non-Nordic languages spoken today in Västerås are English, Arabic, Spanish, Sorani and Somalian.
Children in preschools and pupils in schools who have a mother tongue other than Swedish can receive teaching in their mother tongue. This is taken care of by the Centre for Bilingualism which also offers study supervision for pupils at in comprehensive and upper secondary schools.
Associations and organisations
There are many different associations in Västerås, for instance cultural associations, sports associations and senior citizen associations. In the
municipality’s association register you can easily look up precisely what you are interested in.
There are many Swedish and other Nordic religious communities and churches here, and also the following communions and associations:
- Bosnian Islamic Community and Cultural Centre
Syrian Orthodox Church
Islamic Cultural Centre in Västerås
Västerås Islamic Centre
Vår Frus Catholic Congregation
Maria Förs i V:ås of Liberal the Catholic Church
Salvadoreans for Archbishop Oscar A Romero
What is available in the immediate area
The centre of Västerås has both recent construction and an old town centre with an interesting history. The centre has shops and restaurants while there are superstores and an IKEA on the outskirts of the city. Arbetsförmedlingen, Försäkringskassan, the Tax Agency and a social welfare office are all located in the centre. The town hall is also in the heart of the city, and in its foyer new arrivals can receive language help in Finnish, Arabic and Somali. There is also a unit for civic orientation and guidance in Västerås.
Children aged between 1 and 5 years are offered
preschool education. There are preschools in all housing areas and there are both municipal and independent preschools in Västerås.
Open preschools are meeting places where parents, childminders and other adults can come together with children and meet other children. Open preschools are part of the family centre system and cooperate with, amongst others, midwife surgeries, child health care, schools and social services. Newly arrived children of preschool age are accepted by the company
Origo which ensures that the child receives the correct placement and the right help in preschool.
Comprehensive and upper secondary schools
In Västerås there are both municipal and independent
comprehensive schools and
upper secondary schools. The child starts in preschool class and then enters comprehensive school in their ninth year. There is a place already reserved for the child in one of the municipal comprehensive schools which are located near where you live. You are free to choose any other school, whether municipal or independent, if a place is available. Newly arrived children and young people of school age, up to the age of 19, are accepted by the organisation
Origo which ensures that the child or young person receives the correct placement and the right help in school.
There is a wide range of excellent possibilities for those who want to study. There are folk high schools, high schools and vocational colleges with a varied range of different courses and särvux for both comprehensive school and upper secondary school. Special school is for pupils who cannot achieve the basic aims of comprehensive schools due to a developmental disorder. The adult education centre, VUC, offers a study guide and help with locating the right studies in
Swedish for immigrants, sfi, and Swedish as a second language, sas.
Health and medical care
Västerås is a part of Västmanland County Council and those in need of health care or health advice should contact their welfare centre. There are both private and county council-operated welfare centres and you choose which one you wish to belong to. At the welfare centres there will be doctors, district nurses, midwives, child health nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and counsellors or psychologists. The youth guidance centre can also be contacted via the health centre.
Västmanland Hospital is located in Västerås and is a county hospital with access to all A&E resources.
Asylum & integration health accepts all asylum seekers or those who have recently obtained permanent residence. Here there is the opportunity to access health consultations, doctors’ visits, visits to trained nurses, counselling support with counsellors, referrals to specialists and prescriptions for medicines.
Västmanland Interpreting Service has over 300 interpreters and can offer its services in 80 different languages. If you need interpreting assistance with visits to within the healthcare service or at different community authorities, the relevant surgery with request the interpreting help.
It is easy to use public transport in Västerås. There are also 37 miles of cycle paths and Västerås is one of Sweden's best cities for cycling in. From the centre it is easy to take a train or long-distance bus to anywhere in the country and Västerås airport is just a few minutes’ drive from the centre. Close connections with trains and buses make it easy to both study and work in other cities throughout Västmanland and Mälardalen.
Work and entrepreneurship
Västerås’ largest employer is the city of Västerås which is responsible, amongst other things, for schools, elderly care and roads and parks. 11,000 people work within the city of Västerås. The largest industry is the technology company ABB with around 4,500 employees in Västerås. Other major employers are ICA (foodstuffs), Västmanland County Council (healthcare), Bombardier and Westinghouse (industrial).
The job centre in Västerås will provide further assistance.