Last updated: 16 7 2020

Here, in the middle of an idyllic location and in the middle of Sweden, around 7,300 people live and work with castles, monasteries, Lake Vätter and medieval alleys on our very doorstep. In this inspiring environment, culture and industry flourish hand in hand with a growing small business culture.

Facts about the municipality

Population numbers


Size by area

413 km²

Distance to larger towns

  • Linköping 52 km
  • Jönköping 96 km
  • Stockholm 247 km

We respect history and traditions, but we are prepared to look to the future. On Vätter's shores, below the region of Birgitta, lies the municipality's allotment area.


Vadstena Fastighets AB is a municipal housing company which owns and managed 729 flats. There is also a number of private landlords in Vadstena which are collected in a list on Vadstena municipality's website.

Language groups in the locality

The language groups which are the most common in Vadstena are Arabic, Somalian, Dari, Russian, Persian, Polish and Thai. Around 25 languages are represented in the comprehensive and preschools.

Associations and organisations

A rich cultural life blossoms and grows in our cities. The residents of Vadstena are active within the cultural field both as consumers and practitioners, here there are many active cultural associations. Numerous skilled theatre and music ensembles are active in the municipality. The theatre and music life offers high-quality experiences; reviews, operas, rock concerts and evening recitals. There are numerous galleries and museums in Vadstena. Well worth a visit is the municipality's library which is located in the centre of the city. For children and young people interested in music, there is the option of music training at Vadstena Music School.

Sports are a part of the club life in Vadstena. Many of these have children's and young peoples' activities such as football, handball and ice hockey.

In Vadstena there is the Church of Sweden with Vadstena congregation, a catholic monastery with eleven nuns and the Vadstena free church congregation.

What is available in the immediate area

In the centre of Vadstena there are numerous small shops and three shops for provisions. There are refugee advice surgeries and social welfare offices in the town hall where the employment centre is located and staffed every Monday.


In Vadstena there are both municipal preschools och individual preschools. Pupils from preschool classes until year five can attend a recreation centre before and after school. Vadstena municipality also has an open preschool.

Compulsory schools and upper secondary schools

In Vadstena there are three municipal comprehensive schools, Katarina School, St Peter's School and Petrus Magni school. There is also a school outside the city centre, Rogslösa School.

Vadstena also has a municipal upper secondary school, Vadstenagymnasiet.

Education opportunities

Vadstena municipality has a study and careers officer who is available for discussions and information regarding further studies and career choices. There are opportunities to find out about the region's range of training on offer. In Linköping there is a university.

Health and medical care

In Vadstena municipality there is the county council's welfare centre, with a child welfare centre. In the case of acute illness or serious injury, contact the A&E Department at Motala Hospital. Dental treatment can be obtained under the national dental health service or with a private dentist.

Interpreter assistance

There is the option of obtaining interpreting services with all contact with the authorities.

Public transport

Good communications from Vadstena to Motala, Skänninge, Mjölby and Linköping, which are within commuting distance. Within the municipality there is a service line with free travel.

Work and entrepreneurship

In Vadstena there are jobs of all kinds – everything from really small companies to large manufacturing industries, agriculture, service economy and the care profession. Vadstena's largest employer is Vadstena municipality. There are large companies located in Linköping, Mjölby and Motala.