Forshaga

Last updated: 29 7 2020

In Forshaga municipality, 11,300 persons live, who all enjoy the soft values of life. We like it here in Deje, Forshaga and Olsäter and we also benefit from Värmland’s natural environment in the countryside.

Facts about the municipality

Population numbers

11,488

Size by area

397 km²

Distance to larger towns

  • Karlstad 18 km
  • Oslo 230 km
  • Göteborg 263 km

Welcome to a child municipality in Värmland! The proximity gives us choices. The pulse of the city or the calm of nature? Here we have both environments within reach.

Picnic in a park. A woman with a baby is drinking coffee, and in front of her is a younger woman. Next to them is a young man, and a girl is messing around with him.

Housing

Are you looking for housing in Forshaga? Our municipal housing company FABO rents out flats in good condition and with a good standard. We have summarised information about our housing areas on our website, and there is also a list of private landlords.

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    Language groups in the locality

    At least ten different languages are spoken in the municipality, among them Arabic, Persian, Burmese, Tigrinya and Somali.

    Associations and organisations

    Forshaga municipality has a broad range of associations with more than 100 associations within sport, culture and other areas, most of them with activities for children and young persons. In the association register you can search for specific associations, and you can also find out which associations are active within different areas.

    A square with shops in a row. People are seated outside and having coffee in the shade of parasols. A young couple with a pram are walking past.

    What is available in the immediate area

    There are two libraries (Forshaga and Deje), a culture house, a people's house, social services office, Fritidsbanken, indoor swimming pool, sports halls, sports pitches, ice rink, skateboard park, slalom slope, lighted running tracks, beaches and a recycling centre.

    Seated on a green sofa in the library, a woman is reading a storybook to two girls aged around five.

    There is also a refugee reception, family centre, employment service, the Red Cross's Kupan (meeting place, refugee guides and second-hand shop), churches, food shops, banks, cafés, hairdressers, petrol stations and much more. IKEA, shopping centre and second-hand shops (Gengåvan, Myrorna, Solareturen) are available in our neighbouring municipality Karlstad.

    Childcare

    Nursery schools, family day nurseries and after-school clubs are available in various parts of the municipality, and are offered once your child has turned one year if you are working/looking for work or studying. The family centre also has an open nursery school and a baby café.

    Comprehensive and upper secondary schools

    Forshaga has five municipal comprehensive schools, of which two are also lower secondary schools. Parents and children are entitled to choose together the comprehensive school they think are best for the children.

    A father is walking on the path outside a modern school building with his son and daughter. In the distance a boy can be seen cycling in the opposite direction.

    Forshaga does not have an upper secondary school operated by the municipality. There is an independent upper secondary school, ForshagaAkademin, offering four educational programmes. Most upper secondary pupils in the municipality attend various upper secondary schools in Värmland.

    Education opportunities

    Within the municipal adult education (Komvux) in Forshaga your can read courses at basic and upper secondary level, occupational courses and teaching of Swedish for Immigrants (SfI).

    Occupational further education is a form of education as post-upper secondary level. Theory and practice are sandwiched and the training is focused on psycho-social work. Close by there is also a universtity, Karlstad university.

    Health and medical care

    The municipality has a medical centre, child and ante-natal healthcare clinics, public dental care and a pharmacy. Contact with healthcare is available via 1177 - Vårdguiden.

    Interpreter assistance

    You can get interpreter assistance via Tolkcentralen in Karlstad. They have 205 interpreters registered, who speak a total of 135 languages.

    Public transport

    Värmlandstrafik operates several bus routes in the municipality. If you are travelling further, there are good options by bus and train, or by plane from Karlstad airport.

    Work and entrepreneurship

    The municipality has many small and medium-sized companies, within a broad spectrum of industries. Several are active within dental technology and within healthcare and rehabilitation of young persons. Forshaga municipality is the largest employer, and the largest private company is Stora Enso. Many who live in Forshaga work in the surrounding municipalities, primarily in Karlstad.