Jokkmokk municipality is located on the polar circle, and is Sweden’s second largest municipality in area. Jokkmokk is a central Sami meeting place, and is known for its annual winter market, which is celebrated every year at the beginning of February. The municipality includes on the Unesco World Heritage sites, Laponia. It also has the four major national parks Sarek, Padjelanta, Stora Sjöfallet and Muddus.
Facts about the municipality
Size by area
The municipality offers a broad range of nature experiences, and the population centre Jokkmokk is close to all. Schools, shops and other services are available at walking distance. It offers quality of life, it is easy to get to know people and the surroundings; here, you are seen for who you are and not as one of many. Welcome!
The municipal housing company Jokkmokkshus offers pleasant flats both in Jokkmokk and in the smaller population centres Porjus and Vuollerim. There are also some private landlords who rent out houses. For those refugees who are part of the establishment reform, the municipal refugee coordinator helps to find housing. Ahead of reception, the housing is also furnished with basic equipment. You may keep this equipment if you continue living in the municipality for at least 2 years.
Language groups in the locality
There are many nationalities here, and the major languages are currently Persian/Dari, Somali, Tigrinya, Arabic, Russian and Thai.
Associations and organisations
The Church of Sweden, Salem Church and the Pentecostal Church are represented locally. There is no Muslim association locally, and in conjunction with celebrating the Muslim New Year, a bus trip is therefore arranged to Luleå for a joint celebration with the association based there.
What is available in the immediate area
We have shops, library, employment service, and a municipal office for reception of new arrivals. Second-hand shops, restaurants, cafés, gyms, and a sports and swimming hall. There is a large slalom slope in Kåbdalis, 60 km away, and good opportunities for other winter and summer activities, such as ice hockey, football, basketball and bandy. Swimming school for women and children.
There are municipal nursery schools in Jokkmokk, Porjus and Vuollerim. There is usually no or only a short queue for both nursery school and after-school club.
Compulsory schools and upper secondary schools
There is a municipal comprehensive school and upper secondary school in Jokkmokk. There is a comprehensive school for the lower age group (Years 1–5) in Porjus also, and Vuollerim has an independent school for the same age group. We have good preparation classes for newly arrived children and young persons in Jokkmokk.
There are good opportunities for adult education, at comprehensive, upper secondary and further education level. We have a well-functioning learning centre offering Swedish for Immigrants, special adult education, municipal adult education, vocational training and opportunities for distance learning from the universities in Luleå and Umeå. The learning centre also carries out social orientation education, via video conference and in first languages. There is no queue for Swedish for Immigrants.
Health and medical care
There is a medical centre, ante-natal healthcare and child healthcare clinics in Jokkmokk. Specialist care is available at a reasonable distance in Gällivare and Sunderbyn. Public dental care is available locally.
There are opportunities for interpreter assistance in all contacts with public authorities. This is usually via telephone, but within some language groups there is interpreter assistance locally.
There are good bus communications to Gällivare and Luleå, and Murjek train station is 40 km from Jokkmokk. In the summertime, there are trains on the inland line that pass Jokkmokk. There are air connections in both Gällivare and Luleå. The flight from Luleå to Stockholm takes around 1 hour.
Work and entrepreneurship
The municipality is the major employer locally, and parts of the administration often need locums, in particular within elderly care. Within the next few years, many people will retire, which means that the need for labour within this operation will increase.
There are many smaller companies locally, active in several different sectors, with one or more employees. Perhaps you could be one of them? Or perhaps you would like to start your own company at some stage? Then you can get help from our business office Strukturum!
During the summer half of the year, Jokkmokk is a well-visited tourist location, which means that the opportunities for seasonal employment are good. The mining industry is a major employer throughout the region; not least in the neighbouring municipality of Gällivare. Many commute daily between their homes in Jokkmokk and work in Gällivare.