Last updated: 14 11 2019
Vänersborg municipality is the regional centre in West Götaland and is located at the southernmost point of Lake Vänern. New arrivals enjoy the proximity to nature and water. In Vänersborg, music, culture and sports play a prominent role.
Facts about the municipality
Size by area644 km²
Distance to larger towns
- Trollhättan 16 km
- Uddevalla 31 km
- Göteborg 89 km
- Oslo 248 km
The municipality has four urban centres; Vänersborg itself, Brålanda, Frändefors and Vargön. The vision of Vänersborg municipality – attractive and sustainable in all areas, all through life.
AB Vänersborgsbostäder is Vänersborg's largest accommodation company and is owned by Vänersborg municipality.
Language groups in the locality
Large language groups are Arabic, Somali, Tigrinya and Romany.
Associations and organisations
Vänersborg is known as a municipality with many different associations. Please look in our association register and find something which suits you.
What is available in the immediate area
In central Vänersborg there is a service office which houses the regional social insurance office, tax office and pension office. In the same building you'll also find the job centre. The municipal refugee unit can be found under Individ- och familjeomsorgen. In Vänersborg you'll find many large second-hand shops. In the centre there are food shops, a library, chemists, banks and restaurants, pizzerias and cafés.
Vänersborg has 27 municipal preschools and 5 independent preschools. The comprehensive schools have after-school recreation centres. At the Sirius family centre there is also an open preschool.
Compulsory schools and upper secondary schools
Around 3,500 pupils attend the 17 comprehensive schools. There are also two independent schools: Frida School and Vänersnäs Montessori school. For pupils who are deaf or have impaired hearing, there is the state-run Väner School.
Birger Sjöberggymnasiet is part of Kunskapsförbundet Väst, which is responsible for upper secondary and adult education in Vänersborg and Trollhättan.
Social orientation is organised here for new arrivals. Kunskapsförbundet Väst is responsible for sfi. In the neighbouring town of Trollhättan is located Högskolan Väst.
Health and medical care
There are 5 welfare centres in Vänersborg municipality. You can choose which one to attend, read more about the care options. You can always ring 1177 to ask for advice.
Näl Hospital is situated in Trollhättan and lies 10 km from Vänersborg. It is 30 km to Uddevalla Hospiatl. The hospitals collaborate and are part of the NU hospital group.
You are entitled to interpreting help when you contact the different authorities. The authority itself arranges the interpreting and pays the costs. The interpreters have signed a confidentiality agreement.
From Trollhättan-Vänersborgs you can fly direct to Bromma in Stockholm. Trunk roads 42 and 44 and European route 45 cross the municipality. It takes 50 minutes by train to Gothenburg. Bus and train timetables can be found at Västtrafik.
Work and entrepreneurship
The largest private employers are VBG Group AB, Tranter and Norautron AB. On Vänersborg municipality's website you'll find more information about work and companies.