Haparanda

Last updated: 11 1 2021

Haparanda town and the neighbouring town of Tornio in Finland form a modern trading centre in the middle of the Barents area. We are joining our towns together, with an entirely new section just on the border. Here, there will be a shopping centre, offices, a hotel and lots of other things, including an entirely new upper secondary school and a multi-use arena. Our collaboration covers most municipal operational areas, and because of this, we are unique. We live on the world’s friendliest border.

Facts about the municipality

Population numbers

9,693

Size by area

1,888 km²

Distance to larger towns

  • Kemi 30 km
  • Rovaniemi 124 km
  • Luleå 130 km
  • Uleåborg 132 km
  • Skellefteå 250 km
The town of Haparanda seen from the air. It lies on the banks of the Torne River and borders on the Finnish town of Tornio.

Housing

There are many different types of housing, everything from rented flats to tenant-owner flats and detached family houses. These are located centrally in the town, near the border, by the river or the sea, or out in the countryside.

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    Language groups in the locality

    Here you can find Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Persian, Estonian, Thai, Tigrinya, English, Romani Chib and Meänkieli.

    Associations and organisations

    There is a Church of Sweden, the Orthodox Church in Tornio, a mosque in Tornio, the Peace Association and the Philadelphia congregation.

    What is available in the immediate area

    Citizens' office, social insurance office, employment service and tax office can be found in Haparanda. There is also an integration unit with refugee reception, shopping centre with an indoor mall and IKEA. The resource workshop renovates and sells second-hand furniture. The corresponding services are also available in Tornio.

    Childcare

    Haparanda has free-of-charge childcare for those who live in the municipality.

    Thirteen children sitting in a row on a large pile of snow.

    Compulsory schools and upper secondary schools

    Haparanda has several comprehensive schools, from pre-school to year 9. We also have a Montessori comprehensive school and a language school. The language school has pupils from both Haparanda and Tornio. One upper secondary school.

    The learning environment in our schools is such that all children, pupils, students and staff feel the joy of growing and the satisfaction of making advances and succeeding.

    Children, young persons and adults make international contacts and have a varied cultural offering and are stimulated to their own creativity and physical activities. A positive lifestyle and a meaningful leisure time shall be the factors that unite Haparanda and the entire region.

    The culture school in Haparanda currently offers teaching in music, art, dance and theatre. The culture school teachers take care of nearly all music teaching in the municipality's comprehensive schools and upper secondary school. In music, the aim is that all pupils shall have the opportunity to play their instrument for at least 20 minutes per week. This can be done individually or in a group. As well as individual tuition, we also have orchestras and other activities that pupils can participate in as from year 3. Dance teaching is carried out in the afternoons and evenings for children of varying ages. Artistic dance is primarily taught. The aim is to increase the interest in dance in the municipality. The teaching takes place at the youth house Station. Two groups are studying art, both on Mondays. The art teaching is done at the Swedish-Finnish folk high school, under the guidance of the school's art teacher. Theatre activities take place in the evening at Staren assembly hall at Gränsskolan.

    Education opportunities

    Social orientation teaching is carried out via a video link. There is adult upper secondary education and SfI, Swedish for Immigrants.

    Health and medical care

    We do our best to ensure you are happy and receive as good service and healthcare as possible from knowledgeable staff. The medical centre has staff with broad competency and long experience within various areas, which means we can give you professional care and good service.

    Apart from district doctors, we also have district nurses, diabetes nurses, ambulance nurses, practice nurses, auxilliary nurses, medical secretaries, psychologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, as well as podiatrists. We are also responsible for the ambulance service. There is an X-ray department and laboratory and also light treatment.

    In the Family House, you can find our midwifes and child healthcare nurses. In the Family House, apart from midwifes and child healthcare nurses, there are also trained nursery school staff, and an open nursery school is available at some times.

    Interpreter assistance

    Interpreters are available at all public authority offices.

    Public transport

    There are public transport links in the municipality. Information on timetables and different ways to travel can be found on the municipality's website.

    Work and entrepreneurship

    Here you can find IKEA Haparanda, Polarica, Haparanda municipality, Outokumpu and Billerud Karlsborg.