The accommodation situation is relatively good as the county has experienced a reduction in its population over the last ten years. There is a certain lack of flats with right of tenancy in central areas and in all municipalities there is a need for maintenance and upgrading of accommodation. An aging population means that the need for adapted accommodation will increase. The Bothnia Line is very important for communications and interchange in the county. Commuting between Umeå and Örnsköldsvik has increased, as has commuting to Sundsvall. These are also the two locations where the construction of accommodation has increased the most.
Business and employers
In Västernorrland there are many different types of company. There are old and large companies within the forestry industry and power station industry such as SCA and Eon. But there are also many new companies where people work with IT and telecommunications, such as Com Hem and Telia. Municipalities and county councils are major employers within nursing care and communications. More and more smaller companies are being set up in the county, they often develop services which are aimed at companies and private individuals.
Schools and education
Sweden's youngest university, Mid Sweden University, is situated in Västernorrland. It was established in 2005 and has campuses situated in Sundsvall, Östersund, Härnösand and Örnsköldsvik. Here you'll find lecturers, researchers and students from Sweden and other countries. The university offers top-class education within sports science, eco-technology, photo journalism and an international masters degree in economics.
Also offered are courses in social sciences, natural sciences, technology and the humanities. Mid Sweden University is one of Sweden's leading seats of learning when it comes to distance learning. Some distance learning involve conferences, while others are based just on modern IT support.
The county council is responsible for medical care in the county. There are three hospitals in Västernorrland. These are the County Hospital in Sundsvall with consulting activities in Härnösand, Sollefteå Hospital and Örnsköldsvik Hospital. The hospitals provide different consultations, departments and activities. If you as the patient need to seek medical care, the simplest way to do this is by
searching our care guide.
Culture and leisure
Västernorrland is rich in culture and there are plenty of options for pursuing an active leisure time. In Härnösand there is the world-famous dance company Norrdans, while Scenkonst Västernorrland produces music, theatre, dance and film Västernorrland is also known for its beautiful and extensive natural surroundings, with large expanses of woodland, stretches of crystal clear river and old cultural landscape. The unique Höga coastline is one of Sweden’s world heritage sites. There is a good number of nature reserves and an archipelago with many different types of animal and vegetation.
Associations and organisations – civil society
Thanks to our newly arrived citizens, the number of residents in Västernorrland is growing. This the first occasion this has happened in a long time. There is a lot of work in progress to make it easier for those born overseas to live and work here. Together with values-based organisations, the economy, municipalities and county council, the county administrative board is working to accept new arrivals in a worthy, lawful and brotherly way. On example is that in 2011 Västernorrland was the first in the country to be a county where all its municipalities accepted refugee children without their parents.