Leksand

Last updated: 25 9 2020

Leksand is a popular destination and is often associated with sports, culture and proud traditions. Leksand is also an expansive municipality with numerous and strong businesses, active associations and a clear ambition to continue growing.

Facts about the municipality

Population numbers

15,781

Size by area

1,410 km²

Distance to larger towns

  • Borlänge 45 km
  • Falun 49 km
  • Mora 58 km
  • Gävle 138 km

Housing

In the municipality there are accommodation companies where you can search for flats with the right of tenancy, cooperative flats and other types of accommodation. On the municipality's website you can read more about the vacant accommodation and the companies which provide them.

Language groups in the locality

After Swedish and English, spoken by most people in Leksand, the biggest language is Arabic. Other common languages include Persian, Dari and Tigrinya. Thanks to an international exchange programme with the Japanese city of Tobetsu, Japanese is also a language that many Leksand residents, not least upper secondary school pupils, have taken an interest in.

Associations and organisations

Leksand is ranked as one of Sweden's best towns for sports, and an important part of the reason for that are the municipality's many successful sports clubs. There are more than 200 associations of different kinds in the municipality, including the Multicultural association and the Sadaka culture association. The municipality's association register has more information on all of them.

What is available in the immediate area

Leksand has all the necessary services for newly arrived immigrants. The central community has e.g. Sfi courses, a social welfare office, local employment agency, a library and a social insurance office. There are several second-hand shops, a charming town centre, a smaller shopping centre at Hjultorget in Insjön (which is part of Leksand municipality) and a larger one, which includes IKEA, in Borlänge, only 45 minutes away.

If you are newly arrived you have the possibility of having a Swedish mentor to help you integrate in society. This possibility is known as Flyktingguide Dalarna ("refugee guide Dalarna") and is organised in collaboration between Leksand municipality and the Church of Sweden.

Childcare

Leksand municipality has a wide selection of municipal and independent preschools. Our competent staff focus on the needs of each individual child and strive to provide every child with security, knowledge and a stable foundation for the future.

Compulsory schools and upper secondary schools

Children under the age of 16 are offered a place in one of our comprehensive schools. Young people between the ages of 16 and 19 are offered the possibility of attending upper secondary school. These schools have a high educational standard. Pupils who do not speak Swedish are offered study guidance in their native language, in one or several subjects. Pupils who speak another language than Swedish at home are entitled to lessons in that language.

Education opportunities

Adults are offered Sfi lessons (Swedish for immigrants). The goal is for you to be able to understand and speak Swedish in everyday life, at work or in school. Teaching is adapted to your education and previous experience of studying. If you have training and professional experience from your home country, your qualifications will be valued. Once you have learned enough Swedish to manage further studies, you have the same possibilities as everyone else. As a new arrival you also have the opportunity of attending a course about Swedish society.

Students and their teacher in a Komvux class.

Health and medical care

Leksand medical care centre offers newly arrived refugees the possibility of health counselling, examinations and if necessary, contact with a specialist doctor. The medical care centre also has obstetric and paediatric consultation services. Dentists are available in the same building. The nearest emergency hospitals are in Mora and Falun.

Interpreter assistance

If you do not speak or understand Swedish, you are entitled to have an interpreter present during your contacts with all public authorities. It is each authority's responsibility to hire an interpreter before your meeting, if you request it.

Public transport

There are three railways stations in Leksand municipality, and it is easy to take a bus or train to nearby communities such as Insjön, Tällberg and Rättvik. Many Leksand residents commute daily to bigger town such as Borlänge, Mora or Falun. Public transport services are operated by SJ, Tåg i Bergslagen and Dalatrafik.

Read more about public transport in the municipality.

Work and entrepreneurship

Leksand municipality is the biggest employer, with about 1 500 employees in 191 different professions. You can read more about vacancies in the municipality and about the municipality as employer on Leksand municipality's website.

Additionally there are about 1 000 large and small businesses within most industries, which is an unusually large number in relation to the municipality's website. Large and well-known companies include Clas Ohlson, Bergkvist Insjön, Tomoku Hus, Leksandsbröd and Ejendals. There are many hotels in Tällberg, and in Leksand are one of Sweden's foremost campsites, Leksand sommarland and Leksands IF, an elite ice hockey team.