Söderköping municipality lies on the coast of Östergötland and is just a short commuting distance to the university towns of Norrköping and Linköping. Half of the residents live in this idyllic town with strong roots in the Middle Ages. The other half lives in the surrounding countryside where there are many smaller urban settlements.
Facts about the municipality
Size by area
The Göta canal flows through Söderköping and in summer time the canal docks are resplendent with restaurants, shops and Sweden's largest glass restaurant, "Smultronstället". St Anna archipelago, one of Sweden's most beautiful stretches of coast with numerous islands, flourishes with many thousands of visitors and holidaymakers in the summer months. Several hundred live in the area the whole year round, many own small businesses serving the tourist and handicraft industries. Security, openness and consideration characterise our municipality. Welcome to our world!
The municipal company Ramunderstaden has a large selection of property to rent in the town and is also planning to build new properties during 2015. There are also several private landlords.
Language groups in the locality
Some of the major languages spoken by people born overseas who live in our municipality are Arabic, Dari, Somali, Tigrinya, Bosnian, Spanish, Thai, English and French.
Associations and organisations
On Söderköping municipality's website you'll find information regarding the different associations which exist covering sport, culture and other.
What is available in the immediate area
The information office in Stinsen at the travel centre will assist you with various social contacts. You will also find Söderköping library here. The job centre is at Hagatorget. The special welfare office and refugee reception point is in Samverkanshuset. There are three second-hand shops in the town: Röda Korset, Bra Begagnat and Återvinningen.
Childcare is available throughout the community, both municipal and independent. Open preschools are provided at the Family Centre and through the Christian congregations.
Compulsory schools and upper secondary schools
Comprehensive schools are located on the town and also in five smaller locations in the countryside. There is a Waldorf school in the town. The town also has an upper secondary school, Nyströmska School.
Nyströmska School offers various upper secondary programmes and introductory language courses for young people, Komvux with comprehensive and upper secondary courses and vocational training at upper secondary level for adults, apprenticeship training, folk high school education, sfi and Introvux.
Health and medical care
Söderköping has a welfare centre run by the county council and a privately operated welfare centre by the name of Geria. National health dental care and many private dentists are available in the town.
A family centre with antenatal care, child healthcare and open preschools are provided at the county council's welfare centre in collaboration with the municipality.
Those who need interpreting help are entitled to be provided with this for visits to any Swedish authority.
Östgötland public buses operate in the municipality and there are direct links to Valdemarsvik and Norrköping. From Norrköping it is easy to commute on a daily basis to Linköping and other towns.
Work and entrepreneurship
In Söderköping the municipality itself is the largest employer. There are also several smaller industries and companies here within the retail trade, food shops for example. In Norrköping there are many large companies and public institutions within a comfortable commuting distance.