Köping municipality with just over 25,000 inhabitants is a natural centre in the region of the western part of the Lake Mälaren valley. Manufacturing is the most important industry, and the industrial tradition is continuing and developing. Sweden’s second largest lake harbour is in Köping.
Facts about the municipality
Size by area
The hospital makes Region Västmanland a major employer, as is Köping municipality. Commuting in facilitated by good rail and road links. Köping is surrounded by many scenic nature areas. The harbour, the shops, the riverside promenade and the turn-of-the-century buildings around Stora Torget lend the town character.
If you want to move to Köping, there are several landlords that you can contact. The largest landlord is the municipal housing company KBAB, but there are also many private landlords that let out housing. A list of landlords in Köping municipality is available on the municipality's website.
Language groups in the locality
Köping municipality is home to people from more than 100 countries. The largest language groups apart from Swedish are Finnish, Arabic and Somali.
Associations and organisations
The municipality's association register has information about most associations in Köping municipality. There are also a number of immigrant organisations in the municipality, and they work in various ways to help immigrants to become part of society and of the community.
What is available in the immediate area
The employment service, tax office, social insurance office and pension authority have offices in the same building at Västra Långgatan 6 in Köping. There is a library where you can borrow books and newspapers in various languages and get help with school homework. Apart from the shops in the centre of Köping, there is also a small shopping centre in conjunction with the motorway. Larger shopping centres are available in Västerås, Eskilstuna and Örebro.
Köping has both municipal and independent nursery schools. Several of the nursery schools offer specialist features, such as outdoor teaching, music and environmental specialisations. In Köping municipality, you are guaranteed a place for your child within 4 months.
Compulsory schools and upper secondary schools
Köping municipality has municipal comprehensive schools. Most of them also have an after-school club and several of the schools are profiled, such as for sports or music.
Adult education in Köping is gathered at Kompetenscenter. This offers: guidance and information, adult education at comprehensive and upper secondary level, Komvux, Lärvux, Swedish for Immigrants (SfI) and remote access university education.
Korta Vägen-SFI ("Shortcut SfI") is offered in conjunction with Folkhögskolan. In 2015, Köping begins to offer SFA, language teaching for persons with an academic degree in medicine. SFA-medicin is intensive, professionally based language teaching for persons who have a non-European academic degree in a medical profession. This includes Swedish in combination with courses aimed at work within health and medical care.
As soon as possible, you will be offered social orientation in your native language or a language that you speak and understand. If you have not registered with the employment service, you can apply for social orientation yourself via the municipality's website.
Health and medical care
There is a small hospital in Köping with four wards. The emphasis is on acute internal medicine. There are also three medical centres in Köping and one in Kolsva. The delivery suite is in Västerås.
If necessary, the municipality employs Västmanlands Tolkservice for help with communication in your native language.
You can find information about trains and buses at Västmanlands lokaltrafik and SJ. Many commute from Köping to nearby towns.
- Köping - Västerås: Bus journey 57 minutes, train journey 17 minutes.
- Köping - Eskilstuna: Bus journey 53 minutes, train and bus journey 46 minutes.
- Köping - Örebro: Bus journey 2 hours 12 minutes, train journey 36 minutes.
- Köping - Stockholm: Bus journey 2 hours 22 minutes, train journey 1 hour 11 minutes.
Work and entrepreneurship
Köping has an active business sector with more than 1,300 companies. Many companies only have one employee, but there is also a strong industrial tradition, with companies such as GKN Driveline, Volvo Powertrain, Sandvik, Yara, Tibnor, Leax Group and Hästens Sängar.
Köping's central location in the western part of the Lake Mälaren valley also facilitates commuting to Västerås, Eskilstuna and Örebro, among other towns. If you want to start your own company, you can get help and support from the municipality's business unit.