Eda

Last updated: 28 7 2020

Eda municipality is located in a beautiful part of western Värmland. The municipality is located on the border between Norway and Sweden, which has had a positive effect on the locality, with well-developed cross-border trade.

Facts about the municipality

Population numbers

8,572

Size by area

895 km²

Distance to larger towns

  • Arvika 31 km
  • Karlstad 103 km
  • Oslo 124 km

Our Swedish neighbouring municipalities are Arvika and Årjäng, and to the west we border Norway. Eda municipality consists of the parishes of Eda, Järnskog, Köla and Skillingmark, and has a population of about 8,500 inhabitants. Charlottenberg is the largest population centre in the municipality. The other population centres are Koppom and Åmotsfors.

Housing

Here you can choose between living in a flat or a detached house, in one of the population centres or out in the countryside. The municipal company Eda Bostads AB is the largest manager of housing, with 836 flats located around the municipality. There are also several private landlords in Eda.

Language groups in the locality

There are lots of different language groups represented in Eda. Languages spoken here are, for example, Norwegian, Danish, German, Arabic, Somali, Persian, Turkish and Tigrinya.

Associations and organisations

Eda municipality has just over 150 active associations. These are child and youth associations, associations that provide premises, cultural associations, study associations, pensioner clubs and other associations, such as local residents' associations, and more. There are also various sports clubs, where you can play football, ice hockey, table tennis, go skiing or shoot. The various church parishes also have associations in several places in the municipality.

Människor firar midsommar. Barn och vuxna dansar runt midsommarstången.

What is available in the immediate area

The citizens' office and social services office are located in Charlottenberg, and Eda Bostads AB also has its office there. The refugee reception office and Swedish for Immigrants is located in Åmotfors. You can buy second-hand goods at Kupan, run by the Red Cross in Åmotsfors. Libraries, banks, sports grounds and food shops are available in all three population centres in the municipality – Charlottenberg, Koppom and Åmotsfors.

Charlottenbergs centrum under Charlottadagen med torghandel. Tre äldre damer i förgrunden sitter och fikar i solen utanför ett café.

There is a shopping centre and a trading park at the entrance to Charlottenberg, and there is there is also an ice rink with an athletics and shooting hall. At Valfjället, you can do Nordic skiing and slalom in winter. At Noresund, there is an 18 hole golf course, surrounded by the beautiful lake Hugn.

En liten badplats med några småbåtar och möjlighet till grillning.

Childcare

Eda municipality has several nursery schools and family day nurseries for children aged 1–5 years (or until the child start pre-school class or school). The family centre in Charlottenberg is a meeting place for parents with children aged 0–6 years, where parents or expectant parents can meet other families with children. The family centre Famnen is a collaboration between ante-natal care, child healthcare, the open nursery school and social services.

Comprehensive and upper secondary schools

There are comprehensive schools in Charlottenberg, Åmotsfors, Koppom, Adolfsfors and Skillingmark. Gunnarsbyskoland in Charlottenberg and Hierneskolan in Koppom also have lower secondary classes. In conjunction with the comprehensive schools, there are after-school clubs for the children who need care after school. The municipality also has a couple of upper secondary schools.

Education opportunities

Adult education in Eda consists of Swedish for Immigrants, SfI, two occupational courses and basic and upper secondary adult education. As a new arrival, you are also entitled to lessons in social orientation, which are usually delivered in conjunction with SfI.

Health and medical care

You can contact Eda medical centre when you need advice or medical care.

The family centre in Charlottenberg has an ante-natal care clinic and a childcare clinic. If you need emergency medical treatment in the evenings or at weekends, you can contact the emergency department at Arvika hospital, around 20 km from Åmotsfors. The public dental clinic is located in Åmotsfors. There are also private dentists in the municipality.

Interpreter assistance

As there is a mutual need for understanding, we engage interpreters when necessary. This may be for contacts with work, schools, visits to public authorities and in healthcare. Most interpreter services are provided via telephone. Interpreters have a duty of confidentiality and translate what all persons engaged in the discussion say.

Public transport

National road 61 passes through Eda municipality, and becomes the Norwegian national road 2 at the border. The road runs parallel to the railway that runs through Värmland via Karlstad, Arvika, Åmotsfors, with Charlottenberg as the last station before the Norwegian border. The location between Stockholm and Oslo means there is good public transport to both capitals.

Värmlandstrafik, which is owned by the municipalities and county council of Värmland, is responsible for local public transport. From Eda, it is about 100 km to the international airport Oslo Lufthavn (Gardermoen) in Norway. It is about the same distance to Karlstad Airport, which has both domestic flights and some charter flights.

Work and entrepreneurship

There are around 1,500 jobs in the municipality. The proximity to the Norwegian border means there is lively trade, with shops and shopping centres. There are several large factories, such as Fundo Components AB, Norma Precision AB and Nordic Paper Åmotsfors AB. There are also job opportunities within healthcare, schools and childcare.

The municipality organises start-your-own-business courses every year, including law, marketing and administration. ALMI Företagspartner Värmland gives advice to entrepreneurs with a foreign background who want to start a company or buy a company in Sweden.