Simrishamn

Last updated: 22 1 2021

Welcome to Simrishamn municipality, which is located in the south-eastern corner of Skåne, in the heart of Österlen.

Facts about the municipality

Population numbers

19,429

Size by area

1,254 km²

Distance to larger towns

  • Lund 78 km
  • Kristianstad 79 km
  • Malmö 93 km
Four bathing huts in different colours by the sea. There is snow on the ground. Three people are out walking their dogs near the bathing huts.

Photo: Jutta Jönsson

In our municipality, which is full of contrasts, there are many small and medium-sized population centres. In the south, we have plains with intensive agriculture, and in the north there are forests with more hilly land. The coastal area has its own special character, with broad sandy beaches interspersed with cliffs and small, genuine fishing villages. The closeness to the sea gives us a mild climate, which attracts many tourists to us. There are more than 3,000 companies in the municipality, every third entrepreneur is a woman, and we are best in the country at entrepreneurship.

Housing

The largest manager of properties in the municipality is the municipal Simrishamnsbostäder, but there is also a large range of housing companies and estate agents in our municipality.

Stora Norregatan in Simrishamn. Low buildings in vibrant colours line the snow-covered street.

Photo: Ivar Svensson

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    Language groups in the locality

    There are several language groups represented in the municipality: Arabic, Dari, Albanian, French and English.

    Associations and organisations

    There is a broad range of associations in the municipality, with more than 400 registered association, offering a range of activities. Faith associations, such as the Church of Sweden, Pentecostal Church, Mission Church and others are also represented. All registered associations can be found in our association register.

    Two riders riding their horses in a forest.

    Photo: Folke Graff

    What is available in the immediate area

    Simrishamn offers all kinds of services, with a broad range of shops and societal services, such as library, employment service, social services office, social insurance office, police station and tax office. The larger villages in the countryside have well-stocked shops for everyday needs, and there are many opportunities to buy second-hand goods, either from permanent shops or specially arranged flea markets.

    A sandy beach by the sea, with a wooden bench in the foreground.

    Photo: Folke Graff

    Childcare

    Nursery schools, after-school clubs and pre-school classes are available in most population centres. Independent nursery schools in the form of parent cooperatives and Waldorf schools are available throughout the municipality.

    Compulsory schools and upper secondary schools

    Schools through year 3 are available in most locations and years 7–9 are taught in the town of Simrishamn. Simrishamn also has two upper secondary schools: Österlengymnasiet which offers practical programmes and Nova Academy with theoretical programmes. Alternatives to the municipal comprehensive schools are available.

    Education opportunities

    If you need education and skills development, we offer adult education (including Swedish for Immigrants) in collaboration with Ystad municipality and Forum Ystad. Forum Ystad is located in the regimental area in Ystad, where the majority of the teaching takes place. There is a folk high school in our neighbouring municipality of Tomelilla, and there are universities and colleges within commuting distance in Lund, Kristianstad, Malmö and Copenhagen.

    A field of red poppies in flower.

    Photo: Brita Martinsson

    Health and medical care

    There is a medical centre in Simrishamn town (no emergency room) and in most of the larger population centres in the countryside. Public dental clinics are available in Simrishamn, and there are plenty of private alternatives around the municipality.

    Interpreter assistance

    If you need an interpreter, telephone Teletolktjänst on 042-13 96 44.

    Public transport

    The buses of Skånetrafiken operate throughout the municipality and Skåneexpressen takes you to Kristianstad or to Lund quickly. Skånetrafiken's comfortable local trains, Pågatågen, go to Malmö via Ystad. There are three airports close by: Malmö Airport, Kristianstad-Österlen Airport and Copenhagen Airport.

    Big waves crashing against a pier.

    Photo: Bengt-Åke Larsson

    Work and entrepreneurship

    The business sector in the municipality is dominated by small and medium-sized companies within all sectors. The largest companies are: Plastal, Praktikertjänst, Kiviks musteri, Nordic Sea Winery, Gärsnäs och Skillinge Fisk-Impex.

    A tractor is ploughing a field. A flock of birds is flying above the field.

    Photo: Ivar Svensson