How would you choose to live your life?
Home is the hub of life. It's the safe harbor that provides you with the opportunity to find a balance between work, socializing, and leisure. Skellefteå is a large municipality with plenty of space, a quality that offers you the chance to find your dream home and to create balance in your life. And all this at a lower cost of living than in larger Swedish cities.
They sold everything and moved to northern Sweden
Fredrik and Frida moved home for career and family“The desire to move home grew steadily. When I was offered a job during the late summer and then also saw all the construction cranes and the many investments by the municipality in culture and entertainment, I started to feel really, really good about moving back. Without these large investments, we probably would not have moved home. My feeling is that Skellefteå is not only a good family town but is also attractive to those who are looking for a career - it is probably as easy to make a career in Skellefteå as in the south, as the competition for jobs is not as fierce as in the big cities,” says Fredrik.
They left Birmingham for Skellefteå: "It's a simpler family life here""The boys have a better life here and we have really seized the opportunities Skellefteå offers. The other day the boys had a ski lesson in Klutmarksbacken and they loved it. It's great to live just ten minutes from a ski slope. We've been skating, swimming in lakes, and fishing for crayfish. The people who grow up here probably take these things for granted, but every time we go somewhere new here, we’re fascinated by the surroundings."
Life on the hillThe road leading up the hill is winding, newly paved, and surrounded by red houses and barns on both sides. It feels like this is a village with life and faith in the future. And behind a cluster of red houses, the white house can be seen on the hill where Isabell, her partner Fredrik and daughter Lo, together with their animals, all live. Their life here started in 2011, quite by chance. Isabell and Fredrik were already a couple and had just graduated. There were vague thoughts about working in Norway or moving to a larger city to try that life but, instead, they were asked if they wanted to rent a family farm from Fredrik's family in Skråmträsk, a village south-west of the city of Skellefteå.
Enjoying the good life just 5 minutes from the city center
Klas Nilsson is the cross-country skier who was the top Swede at the Vasaloppet 2020 event, and who chose to settle down with his family right at the edge of the forest at Vitberget. With the cross-country track almost on his doorstep, and the city center and his workplace a mere 5 minutes away, Klas can live the simple life in close proximity to what he loves and what he needs.
An attractive countryside
Countryside living is a very important counterbalance to urban living. One lifestyle is not better than the other - on the contrary, both ways of life are necessary. However, until now, the real estate industry has not really focused on the countryside, which has led to very low rural property prices and a lack of rural development. This is where Marklund Mäkleri comes in.
Marklund Mäkleri was founded by Ann-Helén Bågesund Marklund in 2018, with the focus on the conviction that more people would benefit from living closer to nature if only they were helped to find a suitable property. Ann-Helén's family has lived in the countryside for generations, and rural living is second nature for her, making Ann-Helén an ideal person to promote the pastoral lifestyle.
Experience Skellefteå by bus
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Marranäsvältan Nature Area
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Skråmträsk Kvarn - an organic café.
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Bathing place Danielsten
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Kayaking at Burträsket
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Pedal boats on Burträsket
Edelvik's garden café
Lövånger Church town
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Bathing Lövångers Havsbad Klössand
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Byske outdoor pool
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Bathing area Byske Havsbad
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Close to local food producers and sustainable shopping
A balanced life doesn't just mean living in a peaceful place. It is also about establishing good habits that help create a healthy environment and a general feeling of well-being. When you buy locally produced ingredients and food products, you can feel confident in knowing exactly where the food comes from. And if you're keen to develop an even more sustainable consumer approach, and not buy everything new, you can instead find good, used products on the second-hand market and at yard sales (very popular in Sweden where they are called 'loppis') for a lot less money.
Västerdrottningen puts down roots in Skellefteå"When my grandparents had this house, the whole lawn was one big fruit and vegetable garden. They grew potatoes and strawberries, among other things. Unfortunately, I probably haven't really inherited their green fingers, but I try to grow things, so that I can eat my own crops for at least part of the year." Thea Holmqvist, otherwise known as Västerdrottningen (a play on the name Västerbotten plus "drottningen" which is Swedish for "queen").
Are you ready to take the plunge?One of the biggest advantages of Skellefteå is that people have the time to live life at a more comfortable pace. Skellefteå's urban compactness and the short commuting distances simply make life less stressful. Skellefteå is a place where you can enjoy a more pleasant life and at the same time explore new dreams.
Could Skellefteå become your home city, and are you interested in learning more about moving here? Do you want to find out how you get a job, find a place to live, or track down a preschool place?
We have the perfect guide to help you plan a move to Skellefteå.