Strömsund

Last updated: 8 7 2020

Strömsund municipality, with around 12,000 inhabitants, is the place for you if you like an active life, yet want to be close to well-developed municipal services, good elderly care and good education opportunities.

Facts about the municipality

Population numbers

11,706

Size by area

11,781 km²

Distance to larger towns

  • Östersund 100 km
  • Sundsvall 230 km
  • Stockholm 600 km
A red car on its way into Strömsund, passing a sign with the town’s Swedish name and its Sami name, Straejmie.

Here, growing up is secure and good for the children, the population centres are small, cost and offer most of what you need. Welcome to become one of us.

Housing

Strömsunds Hyresbostäder has flats to rent in six locations within the municipality. HSB and Riksbyggen can offer tenant-owner flats in Strömsund and Hoting. There are also several private landlords, both within and outside the population centre Strömsund.

A three-storey angled yellow brick house with white balconies. A lawn in the foreground.

In our municipality, you can find housing in the countryside at good prices, single-family homes of high class can be bought for a couple of hundreds of thousands of kronor. Even those who do not have a big income can get their own property, and yet have money left over for other things. This at the same time as you can partake of the smaller town's security in the form of networks, association life and social contacts.

Language groups in the locality

The largest language groups are Dari/Farsi, Uzbeki, Russian, Tigrinya, Arabic, Burmese, Somali and Oromo, but there is also Thai, German, Dutch, English, Spanish and French.

Associations and organisations

If you want to take part in the broad range of associations in the municipality, there is a large number of active associations within various areas. This can be a good way of getting into Swedish society, creating new contacts and learning the language. Perhaps you have a skill that you can share with some association?

A girl from Strömsunds IFK shows two girls wearing hijabs a black long haired rabbit. The girls are stroking the rabbit.

What is available in the immediate area

The municipality has five population centres – Strömsund, Hammerdal, Backe, Hoting and Gäddede. In these centres, there are food shops, cafés, restaurants, pharmacies, banks, clothes shops and some smaller retailers. There are also libraries and flea markets. The centres also have sports halls, indoor swimming pools and ice rinks.

A summer image of a marina. A water jet further out on the lake.

Childcare

Strömsund municipality offers a broad range of preschool activiites. There are several preschools, most of them municipal, but there is also one parent cooperative in Hallviken just south of Strömsund, and one independent preschool in Ulriksfors, five km from Strömsund. Strömsund also has child minders.

In all major population centres in the municipality, there is childcare and open nursery schools, and for those who need it, there are also opportunities for childcare in the evenings, at night and on weekends. More information about childcare is available on the municipality's website.

A playground with slides, a climbing frame and swings. A girl dressed in pink is swinging standing up on a big round swing.

Strömsund has a family centre, an open operation that offers parents and children to meet and carry out joint activities. There is a nursery school teacher who plans the activities. The ante-natal clinic and child healthcare clinic are open, there are various courses on offer as well as baby massage. The family centre is also visited by a dental hygienist and child librarian.

Strömsund parish offers "Kyrkis", an open activity for children and parents. This is offered in several places in the municipality, in Hoting and Kyrktåsjö among other places.

Compulsory schools and upper secondary schools

The municipality covers a large area, and there are seven headmasterships with nine comprehensive schools. The municipality's only upper secondary school is in Strömsund, and offers a number of different upper secondary programmes as well as Komvux adult education. The school works closely with business and is a certified Health and Medical Care college and Technology college. You can also get a upper secondary economist qualification here. Strömsund also has Skyttegymnasiet, a national sports upper secondary programme.

There are municipal comprehensive schools in Hammerdal, Strömsund, Jormvattnet, Gäddede, Hoting, Kyrktåsjö and Backe.

Education opportunities

In Strömsund municipality, all adults can develop, broaden and deepen their skills by supplementing previous education or by studying an entirely new programme. Together with a director of studies, students can get help to draw up an individual study plan. We offer:

  • Swedish for Immigrants (SfI)
  • Special education for adults
  • Basic adult education
  • Upper secondary adult education
  • Windpower – vocational college programme
  • Specially designed programmes
  • Adult vocational programmes

Health and medical care

There are medical centres run by the county council in Strömsund, Gäddede and Backe, with doctors, ante-natal care and child healthcare clinics. There is an emergency room in Strömsund.

In Strömsund there is a family centre, a meeting place for parents and children. Here, adults can get support in their role as parents. It offers ante-natal clinic, child healthcare clinic, as well as open baby activities, baby massage and mini-courses in various subjects.

Nya Närvården is a private healthcare provider, located in Strömsund, Hoting and Hammerdal. Apart from doctors, there are physiotherapists, counsellors and midwives available.

Dentists are available in Hammerdal, Strömsund, Hoting andh Gäddede, and in Strömsund there are also several private dentists.

Interpreter assistance

With all contact with the authorities, the municipality and health services, you are entitled to interpreting help if you do not speak or understand Swedish. This is booked in advance of the actual meeting.

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.

Car

It is easy to travel by car to Strömsund. Strömsund is located on the E45, 100 km north of Östersund. The journey takes around one and a half hours.

From Stockholm, it takes around eight hours to drive the 600 km distance to Strömsund.

Air

Åre/Östersund airport is one and a half hours by car from Strömsund. There are daily departures to and from Stockholm and the flight takes one hour.

The airports in Östersund and Röros in Norway are also used for charter flights. There are also airports in Kramfors and Vilhelmina, which is around 150 km from Strömsund.

Train

The train station is in Östersund, with connecting buses to Strömsund. In the summer, there are also trains on Inlandsbanan.

Bus

There are well developed bus connections between the population centre Strömsund and Östersund and Umeå. 

If you want to travel to Stockholm, Ybuss offers daily departures from Östersund.

Work and entrepreneurship

Are you running a company, or do you dream about starting one? In Strömsund municipality, there are around 1,100 companies, and there is room for more companies and more entrepreneurs. If you do not have a business concept of your own, perhaps you would be interested in buying an existing company that you can continue to run and develop?

Local businesses are characterised by a strong local commitment and many skilled entrepreneurs. There is a great variety of industries, but the emphasis is primarily within concrete, engineering, wood and tourism. Many of the companies are single-person companies, but there are also larger companies that are market leaders within their sectors.

The advantage of running a company in Strömsund municipality is that there are good recruitment opportunities, low costs and opportunities for a stress-free environment.

The largest employer is the municipality, with 1,200 employees, followed by the county council. Among the private companies with many employees in Strömsund are the technology company engcon, SCF Betongelement and Ageris.