Bräcke

Last updated: 4 10 2021

Bräcke municipality is located in central Sweden, in Jämtland County. The municipality is known for its fine fishing waters, award-winning local food production, and Sweden’s longest ski tunnel. It has rural communities with an active civil society and many businesses.

Facts about the municipality

Population numbers

6,387

Size by area

3,784 km²

Distance to larger towns

  • Östersund 72 km
  • Sundsvall 120 km
  • Hudiksvall 193 km
A man in outdoor wear, carrying a fishing rod, crosses a small stream in the woods.

Housing

Flats of various sizes – from one to four rooms – are available to rent in Bräcke municipality. They are located in the population centres Bräcke, Gällö, Pilgrimstad, and Kälarne. If you want to rent or buy a home in Bräcke municipality you will find that prices are considerably lower than in the major cities.

Language groups in the locality

The primary languages, apart from Swedish, are English, Arabic, Tigrinya and Somali.

Associations and organisations

In the municipality there are a large number of associations with different emphases. For example, sports associations, cultural associations, churches and different communions. On the municipality's you can search in the association register for an association which matches your interests.

A teenage boy seated by a campfire on a winter day, whittling a piece of wood. In the background are two people walking across snow-covered ice on a lake.

What is available in the immediate area

Bräcke has a medical centre, a child healthcare centre, and a dentist. The nearest hospital is in Östersund. The centre of Bräcke has a broad range of basic shops and services. This includes supermarkets, a hotel, restaurants, an ice-cream parlour, a pharmacy, Systembolaget, sports and leisure goods shops, and a paint and hardware store. Bräcke also has a Red Cross charity shop, Save the Children, the ABF educational association, and various religious associations. There is a Church of Sweden in most villages. Bräcke has a Baptist congregation and Elim chapel. In Östersund, around one hour's car journey from Bräcke, there is a mosque as well. Östersund also has major retail chain shops.

In the villages spread around the municipality, there are quite a few bed & breakfasts offering rooms and food.

The other population centres are Kälarne and Gällö, which have supermarkets, etc. Gällö is also home to Sweden's longest ski tunnel (which allows for skiing all year round in a mountain tunnel), canoeing, an adventure park, a lunch restaurant, lodging, etc.

Two people leaning on a wooden fence and looking across a rocky wooded gorge.

Childcare

Bräcke municipality has extensive childcare facilities for children aged between 1 and 5, in the form of preschools and parents' cooperatives. There are four municipally run preschools and two independently run parents' cooperatives. The municipal preschools are in Gällö, Pilgrimstad, Bräcke, and Kälarne. The parents' cooperatives are in Rissna and Kälarne.

Compulsory schools and upper secondary schools

School is obligatory for pupils aged 7 to 16. Our schools strive to create the best conditions for pupils to learn and to develop socially. Bräcke municipality has three grundskolor, or compulsory schools – in Bräcke, Gällö, and Kälarne. Jämtlands Gymnasium (upper secondary school) in Bräcke is part of the Federation of Upper Secondary Schools in Jämtland and offers education in the structural engineering and construction programme and the introductory programme.

A collage about Bräcke made by comprehensive school pupils and mounted on a wall.

Education opportunities

If you are aged between 20 and 64 years, you can supplement your education and read the compulsory school or upper secondary courses via the municipal adult education in Bräcke. You can also complete vocational training. The Learning Centre in Bräck municipality has a broad range of courses and education programmes. You can study full-time or part-time, and can also combine your studies with work. Please contact the study counsellor at the Learning Centre for advice and questions about study grants. Östersund, which is around 70 km from Bräcke, is the location of Mid Sweden University, which is the nearest university.

Health and medical care

The municipality is responsible for health and medical care where care is given the home to persons who are unable to get to a medical centre and when the care continues for at least three months. Medical centres, child healthcare centre and dentist can be found within the municipality. There are two medical centres, in Bräcke and in Kälarne. The personnel collaborated in various healthcare teams at the medical centres. The teams include doctors, nurses, midwives, child healthcare staff, physiotherapists and psycho-social resources. Read more about Bräcke medical centre.

Interpreter assistance

With all contact with the authorities, the municipality and health services, you are entitled to interpreting help if you do not speak or understand Swedish. This is booked in advance of the actual meeting.

Public transport

The municipality is served by a bus as well as a railway network. Information about timetables and prices are available from Länstrafiken Jämtland, SJ, and Norrtåg.

A Norrtåg train at the station. In the foreground is an information board showing departures and arrivals.

Read more about public transport in the municipality.

Work and entrepreneurship

Bräcke has a large number of small businesses, and the basis is wood and metal work. Many persons in the municipality earn their living from forestry, through clearing, sawmilling and further processing of wood products. The municipality is also known for having good food workers. Over the next few years, there will be great demand for servers, cooks, doctors, nursery school teachers, metalworkers and electricians in Bräcke and nearby municipalities. There will also be opportunities for finding employment within health and medical care, forestry, welding and engineering as well as transport.

The employment service can offer a number of training programmes and work-preparation measures within commuting distance. This can increase your opportunities of finding a job. These are, for example, training within health and medical care, welding and metalworking, professional drivers, warehouse work, engineering technology, restaurant work, sales and customer service. More information is available from Arbetsförmedlingen, the Swedish employment service.