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Leisure and culture

A varied natural environment and a wealth of clubs and activities ensure that Örnsköldsvik has something for everyone.

Many people in Örnsköldsvik are involved with sport. The local ice hockey team, Modo, plays at the Fjällräven Centre arena. Furthermore, the town has halls for football, hockey, curling as well as Skyttis Sport Centre for training in athletics and cross country skiing. The popular adventure pool centre, Paradiset, has a spa and a sauna.

There are swimming pools, ice rinks, and illuminated jogging paths in several locations.

Regardless of whereabouts in the Municipality you live, you are always close to nature. We have woodland paths and trails, ski trails and ski slopes. The sea, lakes and rivers encourage fishing, bathing and boating activities.

The Swedish Right to Access law provides generous access to nature. However, it also requires that everyone takes responsibility, and respects the plants, animals and environment.  Learn more about what rules apply at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency's websiteexternal link, opens in new window. Information is provided in several languages.

Play parks
Many of our communities have well-equipped parks with new play equipment, tables, benches and barbecue pits for the whole family to enjoy.

Leisure-time centres
Young persons can spend time together at the leisure-time centres in the evening. Adult leaders are available on site and, naturally, the centres and activities are drug-free. Parents are welcome to visit the centres.

There are centres in Bjästa, Björna, Bredbyn, Domsjö, Gullänget and Husum. There is a leisure-time centre called Sliperiet in the centre of Örnsköldsvik.

At the "Arken" library in Örnsköldsvik you can borrow books in different languages, films and music, as well as read the paper and use the Internet. The library arranges story times, plays and reading activities for children.

There are local libraries in Bjästa, Björna, Bredbyn, Husum, Själevad, Skorped, Trehörningsjö as well as at Nolaskolan and Parkskolan in Örnsköldsvik.

Museums, art and music
At Örnsköldsvik's museum and art gallery you can visit exhibitions and learn about local history. Several rural museums highlight their local cultural heritage.  The High Coast Art Valley runs along the Nätra river, exhibiting art which is placed outside in natural surroundings.

Various facilities provide a range of theatre and music. In Gideå you can watch live opera from the major European stages. In addition to the cultural life in Örnsköldsvik, you can easily take advantage of all that the neighbouring city of Umeå has to offer.

Join an association
Joining a community association can be a good way to discover a new place or to get to know new people, The Municipality' Community Association Unit can help to find a community association that offers the activity of your interest.

Contact the Municipality's Community Association Unit: +46(0)660-882 15, e-mail:

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