Last updated: 20 8 2020

Hällefors municipality lies in scenic Bergslagen, in Örebro county – close to nature as well as to major cities. The municipality borders on Filipstad municipality to the west and Ludvika to the north. The central community is Hällefors, and the second largest community is Grythyttan.

Facts about the municipality

Population numbers


Size by area

1,151 km²

Distance to larger towns

  • Örebro 75 km
  • Karlstad 96 km
  • Stockholm 260 km
An empty town square in Hällefors.

One of the advantages of living in a small municipality is that responsibilities and functionalities in society become clearer. There is also a large labour market within commuting distance. Örebro is about one hour away by car, while it takes about three hours to get to Stockholm or Gothenburg by car.


If you want to move to Hällefors, the biggest property manager and agency is Hällefors Bostads AB, with flats to rent.

There are also a number of private property owners in Hällefors municipality who rent out flats, as well as tenant-owned flats and houses in various price categories.

Language groups in the locality

There are many different language groups in Hällefors municipality, which has been receiving immigrants from different parts of the world for a long time. Among the biggest language groups in Hällefors are Somali, Arabic, Finnish, Dutch, Dari, Persian and Tigrinya.

Associations and organisations

There are many active associations in the municipality. Contact information for all of them is available in the municipality's association register.

What is available in the immediate area

Hällefors has a pleasant central square with full service facilities, including several shops, supermarkets, cafés and restaurants. If you need to buy cheap furniture and household goods, there is a second-hand shop called Companiet.

The library is centrally located and has books and periodicals in various languages. Visitors to the library can also use the library's computers.

If you want to do sports, there are many associations to choose from, and facilities near the centre include Sporthallen, football pitches and an indoor ice rink.

The Employment Service has a local agency in Hällefors. The Tax Agency and Social Insurance Agency have offices in Örebro, which is 79.6 km from Hällefors.

Medborgarplatsen is a customer service centre to which everyone, inhabitants as well as businesses, can turn with their questions and needs.

Contact information for the municipality's refugee coordinator and integration coordinator is available on the municipality's website.

Contact information for the labour market coordinator, who is primarily in charge of traineeships and occupational rehabilitation, is also available on the municipality's website.

Clothes for sale at a market in Hällefors’ main square.
The entrance to Medborgarplatsen


Preschool is for children between the ages of 1 and 5. There are five preschools run by the municipality and one private preschool.

Pedagogic home care is for children between the ages of 1 and 12. Pedagogic home care means that the children spend time at the home of an adult. This form of childcare is available at one home in the municipality, and is privately run.

Day recreation centres, also known as school childcare, are for children between the ages of 6 and 13. If their parents are studying or working, children can obtain a place in a day recreation centre. In Hällefors there are four day recreation centres run by the municipality.

Preschool classes are for 6-year-olds. Preschool classes are held on school premises. The children spend 15 hours a week in preschool classes.

Compulsory schools and upper secondary schools

Comprehensive school is for children and young people between the ages of 6 and 16 (from preschool classes until year 9). There are two comprehensive schools in Hällefors.

Grythyttans Skola is in Grythyttan. Its programme covers preschool classes to year 5.

Klockarhagsskolan is centrally located in Hällefors. Its programme covers preschool classes to year 9.

Upper secondary school is for young people between the ages of 16 and 20. The upper secondary school in Hällefors is called Pihlskolan.

Education opportunities

Adult education is for adults above the age of 20. Adult education is held at Pihlskolan in Hällefors. There are five different kinds of adult education.

In adult education you can improve your knowledge of subjects you have studied earlier. You can also learn completely new things.

There is a large selection of education programmes in the municipality, from the municipality's own upper secondary school and technology college, the folk high school with its design programmes to the university programmes in meals and restaurants at Grythyttan.

People from other countries are entitled to receive Swedish lessons, or Swedish for immigrants (Sfi). The nearest universities are in Örebro and Karlstad.

Health and medical care

Hällefors medical care centre, obstetrics centre and paediatric centre is at Gillersvägen 20.

National dental health care services are at Stationsvägen 1 in Hällefors.

Interpreter assistance

Interpreters are booked through the Interpreter and translator service.

Public transport

It is easy to travel to and from Hällefors. The railway station and bus terminal is in the centre.

There are daily bus connections to e.g. Nora and Örebro.

There is an express bus between Örebro and Hällefors. All timetables are available on LänsTrafiken's website.

Work and entrepreneurship

Hällefors municipality is the biggest employer in the community, with currently about 550 employees. Most of these jobs are in the care, nursing and education sectors. The municipality has 108 different occupation categories with meaningful tasks such as looking after children or elderly people.

Hällefors has businesses in many industries, with about 1100 employees in total. Most jobs are in the manufacturing industry, but the trade, construction and transport sectors are also well represented.

The biggest private employers include Ovako, Spendrups bryggeri AB, Loka Brunn, Deli mat and Ica.

The tourism and visitor sector is also a source of many jobs.

If you are interested in getting in touch with companies in the community, contact details are available in the company register.

A much larger labour market is within commuting distance. Örebro is just under 80 km away.