Leisure, culture and civil society

Last updated: 25 4 2019

Participating in the activities organised by the municipality or various associations gives you the opportunity to get to know new people and to practise your Swedish.

There is a large variety of associations and activities to choose from.

Municipalities and associations sometimes arrange activities for recent arrivals, refugees and immigrants in order to make it easier for them to get into Swedish society. Contact your municipality or search on its website to see what is available in your municipality.

If you have been granted a residence permit but are still living in one of the Migration Agency's accommodation centres you can participate in activities for asylum seekers.

Many municipalities and voluntary organisations are involved in helping newly arrived refugees and immigrants come into contact with Swedes. The names of these activities vary: språkvän (language friend), flyktingguide (refugee guide), fadder (sponsor, coach), mentor or kompis (buddy).