Borås is the second largest municipality in West Sweden. With 110,000 inhabitants, it is a city that has a lot to offer. It is a large hub for textile industry and clothing companies. It has been successful in creating a leading position for itself within textile design and development. It is also a trading town, with many international contacts and businesses.
Location and connectivity
Borås has frequent train connections to enable easy commuting to study and work in other cities, such as Göteborg. It takes 3 hours by train to Stockholm by the fast train and a half-hour journey will get you to Landvetter international airport.
Borås has established an attractive business climate and environment for investors and entrepreneurs. There are around 10,000 people working in 248 different occupations in Borås. Borås is not only a centre for design and trade, but also has a long tradition as a textile town. Many well-known textile and clothes manufacturing chains have their head offices in Borås, such as Hemtex, Gina Tricot and SVEA etc. Engineering and electronics are also a major part of Borås’s industry, such as Ericsson, Volvo Bussar and Parker Hannifin all have their offices here.
Borås town operates a large number of preschools, family day care and comprehensive schools. There are around 40 after-school clubs, usually located in conjunction with the premises of comprehensive schools. Apart from the municipal preschools and schools, there are nine private preschools.
Borås has 5 upper secondary schools, offering a large range of national programmes with various specializations. There are both programmes preparing for university studies and vocational programmes, with great options to choose for the students. Within the vocational programmes, there is also apprenticeship training in collaboration with business in Sjuhärad.
For foreign background residents, there are two study programmes. 1) Short-cuts for foreign university graduates (KOVA ): the training, which is delivered at Borås University, is a labour market training course run on behalf of the employment service. The purpose of the training is to make it easier for people to get work that corresponds to the education and professional experience they bring with them from their home countries. 2) The other educational programme is Swedish for immigrants with university qualifications. The education in Swedish for Immigrants, SfI, is intended for immigrant refugees with university qualifications. The training is intensive, and is carried out together with the municipal adult education in Borås town and the employment service.
Leisure & Culture
The city provides many exciting activities for leisure options. For example, there are many different kinds of indoor and outdoor pools for swimming and water activities. There are 14 parks and 160 playgrounds for families and children. Borås zoo has Nordic and world animals and is a fun place for families to visit.
Borås has a museum, cinema and library. The collection at the museum of modern art has a focus on the contemporary arts among Sjuhärad area. Alongside their own exhibitions, the museum organizes the Borås International Sculpture Biennale in collaboration with the City of Borås. Sculpture and moving images are the museums main features. Red Kvarn is a municipal-owned cinema that shows international and national quality films. The city library organizes diverse cultural events for both adults and children. Such as language café, storytelling and international readers can find books in many languages in library collections.
Facilities like hospitals, authorities
The hospital Södra Älvsborgs Sjukhus, SÄS, is located in Borås and Skene, is one of four hospital groups in the Västra Götaland region. The hospital provides health and medical care within all specialities. Besides, Borås also has many other medical centers.
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