Gällivare

Last updated: 29 1 2021

Gällivare lies 100 km north of the Arctic Circle. Around 18,000 persons live in the municipality, and are close to work, services and nature. There is a hospital here, well-established childcare, good schools, lots of associations and a varied range of cultural events on offer. In addition to a differentiated business sector, mineral extraction has been the primary industry for decades.

Facts about the municipality

Population numbers

22,906

Size by area

20,553 km²

Distance to larger towns

  • Kiruna 121 km
  • Luleå 221 km
  • Skellefteå 342 km
The locality of Gällivare seen from the air. It is located by Lake Vassraträsket. The mining town of Malmberget can be seen in the background.

The country's greatest societal transformation of its kind is in progress here. 250,000 square metres of new housing, municipal facilities and commercial premises will be built over the next 20 years.

Housing

There is a great lack of housing in Gällivare. There are the following housing companies: Topbostäder, HSB, Riksbyggen, Hemåt Fastigheter, LKAB Fastigheter and Focusfastigheter. Once you have received a permanent residence permit, you should joint the housing companies' housing queues straight away.

Language groups in the locality

In Gällivare, Swedish, Sami, Tornedalian and Finnish are spoken. Some of the largest languages among new arrivals are Dari, Persian, Somali, Tigrinya, Amharic, English, Russian and Thai.

Associations and organisations

Gällivare has many and active associations, offering a large range of leisure activities, such as sports, music, theatre, arts, dance, cultural and political associations. There are several churches in Gällivare: Church of Sweden, West Laestadian Prayer House, Pentecostal Church, Salvation Army, Jehova's Witnesses, Mission Covenant Church of Sweden and New Life. The nearest Muslim congregation is in Luleå.

Being active in an association is fun, and you get to know new people with the same interest. Many associations also have activities for children and young persons. If you want help to find the association/church that suits you in particular, please contact the integration coordinator via telephone 0970-81 80 00 or email integration@gallivare.se.

Midsummer festivities. A girl is sitting on the grass. She is wearing a folk costume and has a garland of midsummer flowers in her hair.

What is available in the immediate area

Gällevare centre has shops, the Swedish Migration Board, social insurance office, employment service, tax office, an indoor swimming pool and library. There are also shops around 1 km north of Gällivare (ICA, Coop and others), and a bus departs from Gällivare centre.

The Norrskensgallerian shopping centre in Gällivare. Old and young, children and adults are sitting at various tables, drinking coffee.

Childcare

Childcare is available in Gällivare. You can apply for a nursery school place for you child if you are working, studying, on parental leave or are actively seeking work. More information about nursery schools and how to apply is available on the municipality's website. If you want help with applying for a nursery school place, please contact the integration coordinator via telephone 0970-81 80 00 or email integration@gallivare.se.

Compulsory schools and upper secondary schools

Gällivare municipality has several comprehensive schools for years 1-9.

The upper secondary school invests in new technology, and all pupils and teachers have their own portable computer for use in the school work. All pupils are also entitled to read the courses needed to qualify them for further education.

Education opportunities

Adult education, Swedish for Immigrants and a neighbourhood college, as well as social orientation for new arrivals, is available in Malmberget, around 5 km north of Gällivare.

Health and medical care

Gällivare has a hospital, medical centre, ante-natal clinic, youth clinic, child healthcare clinic, emergency room and dental clinic.

Interpreter assistance

With all contact with the authorities, the municipality and health services, you are entitled to interpreting help if you do not speak or understand Swedish. This is booked in advance of the actual meeting.

Public transport

Gällivare is connected via plane, traine and bus. The flight time to Stockholm is around 2.5 hours. Trains to Luleå take 2.5 hours and trains to Kiruna 1 hour. There are daily bus connections between Gällivare centre and Malmberget.

Gällivare airport. A propeller airplane is parked on the ground. Several yellow lorries are also parked at the airport. People are walking around looking at the airplane and the vehicles.

Work and entrepreneurship

Major employers in Gällivare include Gällivare municipality, LKAB, Boliden and Region Norrbotten. Gällivare has many small businesses in technology, mining and services.

Gällivare winter market seen from the air. Various tents have been pitched along a wide street. There are crowds of people at the market.