Last updated: 1 9 2020
In Skellefteå, there are good prerequisites for you to live a good life in Sweden. The town is medium sized, which means that you have access to a rich and varied range of both opportunities and services. The size also means that you will quickly find your way about.
Facts about the municipality
Size by area9,945 km²
Distance to larger towns
- Luleå 131 km
- Umeå 136 km
- Sundsvall 399 km
The people in Skellefteå want to add to their numbers, and therefore wish you a warm welcome to a place that gives you the space to choose your own way.
Flats are available to rent, both in the central town and in the outlying areas of the municipality. The municipality has its own housing company, Skebo, which has flats to rent in the larger population centres. You can, of course, also rent from private landlords. If you want to, you can also buy a home, for example a single-family detached house or a terraced house.
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Language groups in the locality
More than 60 different languages are spoken in Skellefteå, among them Finnish, Arabic, Somali, Urdu, Persian, Tigrinya, Thai, Norwegian, Spanish, German, Indian, Russian and Amharic.
Associations and organisations
Skellefteå has more than 850 different associations, covering everything from football clubs and choirs to cookery groups and religious associations. You can find an association register with contact details on Skellefteå municipality's website.
What is available in the immediate area
All necessary societal service and a broad range of sporting, cultural and entertainment activities can be found in Skellefteå municipality. There are shops, restaurants, sports halls, cinemas and a theatre. All is within walking distance of Skellefteå centre. There are also several Christian congregations and an Islamic cultural centre, which provides a cellar mosque in central Skellefteå. Skellefteå's surroundings also provide easily reached nature experiences during all seasons.
Skellefteå municipality has nursery schools for children aged 1–5 years. Nursery school is the first step in Swedish education. Children can attend nursery school while their parents study or work. The municipality also has "open nursery schools", where parents and children together can meet and spend time together with other parents and children.
Comprehensive and upper secondary schools
The municipality provides comprehensive schools for pupils up to year 9. On the municipality's website you can find more about comprehensive schools and also the opportunities for upper secondary education.
Folk high school
Skellefteå has three folk high schools, with different specialisations.
AtCampus Skellefteå there are two universities, Luleå University of Technology and Umeå University. Here you can also find The Scandinavian School for Stage Designers, the municipality's adult education (Vux), and qualified vocational education programmes.
Study a distance programme
If you want to read a distance programme at any of the country's colleges or universities, you can get support from Lärcentrum at Campus Skellefteå.
Swedish for Immigrants (SfI)
If you as an adult want to learn the basics of the Swedish language, you can study Swedish for Immigrants (SfI). The municipality's adult education (Vux) is responsible for the course. There are others who also arrange courses in Swedish language, among them the folk high schools.
Health and medical care
Skellefteå hospital is a modern and well-equipped hospital with 1,300 staff. Examples of services offered are a women's clinic with obstetrics, X-ray, surgery, intensive care, psychiatry for adults, child and young person psychiatry, ophthalmology and ear, nose and throat.
The hospital also has an accident and emergency department. This is open 24 hours and day and every day of the year in case you become acutely ill or seriously injured.
If you become ill or have a less serious accident, you should in the first instance contact the medical centre you are registered with. There are six medical centres in Skellefteå.
Red Cross treatment centre
The Red Cross treatment centre in Skellefteå helps people who suffer from war wounds and injuries following torture. They work on reinforcing the self-image of patients, reducing the symptoms following traumatic stress and torture and improving the quality of life for those affected.
If you cannot speak and understand Swedish, you can get an interpreter for your contacts with public authorities. An interpreter may be present on location, or by telephone.
The distances between population centres in the municipality may be long, but the roads are good. You can often take the bus to where you are going or where you live. European road 4 passes through the municipality. Skellefteå has its own airport. It is located 15 km from the town. From the airport, there are daily flights to Stockholm. The flight takes one hour. From Skellefteå there are also flights to some other cities in Europe. You can also take the train when you want to travel. You can then depart from the towns of Jörn or Bastuträsk, which are some tens of kilometres from Skellefteå town. Buses to and from the train and the airport leave from the centre of Skellefteå.
Work and entrepreneurship
Skellefteå municipality has a broad-based labour market. 8,000 persons work within the municipal organisation, representing more than 400 different professions. The municipality works actively to create prerequisites for new jobs and to attract more companies to the municipality.
In Skellefteå, we want to give space for good ideas that make both you and the municipality grow. If you have a business concept, you can get help to start your own company. Contact Skellefteå municipality for more information about how to get support.