Jämtland Härjedalen

Our region - A Business Region on the Move

Corporate business is very strong in the region. It has ranked third in Sweden for three years in a row, it is growing steadily and female entrepreneurship is highest in the country. If you look at the growth in the number of companies in the northern counties of Sweden, the companies in Jämtland Härjedalen have grown fastest.

JÄMTLAND HÄRJEDALEN HAS APPROX.

130.000

INHABITANTS

A WIDE RANGE OF SECTORS WITH

22.000

COMPANIES

ÖSTERSUND NAMED

BUSINESS
START-UP

MUNICIPALITY OF THE
YEAR IN 2016

Strong Sectors

energise the business environment

When the regiments were closed down in 2005, Östersund and Jämtland Härjedalen decided to focus on the future. This led to a strong entrepreneurial spirit and very good and fruitful collaboration between the public and private sectors. This has endured and today there are many strong sectors where we see great potential for further growth.

  • Building boom

    The building boom is clearly evident in our region. Construction seems never-ending in the mountain destinations in particular. Åre, Funäsdalen and Vemdalen are just some of the towns that are crying out for more building and construction companies.

  • The travel and tourism sector is growing year after year

    According to the regional tourism organisation, Jämtland Härjedalen Tourism (JHT), the travel and tourism sector has an annual turnover of almost SEK 5 billion and generates the equivalent of 7,000 jobs per year.

  • A natural base for service companies

    According to Statistics Sweden (SCB), the service sector in Region Jämtland Härjedalen employed some 20,000 people in 2014.

  • Major exports in the manufacturing industry

    Several companies in the manufacturing sector stand out for the international reach of their products. More than 90 per cent of the customers for this sector are located outside the region, which means there is significant know-how regarding logistics and transportation of products.

In a survey carried out by Region Jämtland Härjedalen, business owners responded that one of the main reasons they set up their businesses in the region is for the quality of life and lifestyle. In Jämtland and Härjedalen, the city, forests, mountains and lakes are always close by, providing a unique opportunity for a sustainable lifestyle.

TENANT-OWNED APARTMENTS

Approximate purchase prices per m²:
Greater Stockholm:   SEK 59,000
Greater Gothenberg:    SEK 43,000
Jämtland county:  SEK 24,000

DETACHED HOUSES

Approximate purchase prices per m²:
Greater Stockholm:  SEK 44,600
Greater Gothenberg:     SEK 34,900
Jämtland county:  SEK 17,000

HOLIDAY HOMES

Approximate purchase prices per m²:
Stockholm county:            SEK 42,900
Västra Götaland county:    SEK 43,600
Jämtland county:        SEK 27,000

Region Jämtland Härjedalen

is made up of eight municipalities covering an area that is the size of the Netherlands, with an abundance of resources in the form of forests, land and water. Those that live here enjoy being here, often because of these natural surroundings. More and more people want to move to the region, and we know that there are premises and land ready to be used.

Natural resources

HYDROPOWER, WIND POWER, SOLAR POWER AND BIOFUEL

The renewable Jämtland Härjedalen is always part of any energy supply discussion. From windy open spaces to innovations that generate safe and reliable energy from the rays of the sun, the region has everything.

64%

OF JÄMTLAND HÄRJEDALEN CONSISTS OF FOREST LANDS

14.000

FOREST OWNERS

38%

OF WHICH ARE
WOMEN 2016

  • Hydropower

    Hydropower is one of Jämtland’s oldest sources of energy and the backbone in our electricity generation. There are 82 hydropower plants in the region that collectively generate approximately 12 TWh/year, which corresponds to approximately 17 per cent of Sweden’s electricity generated from hydropower.

  • Wind power

    The largest wind power area in Scandinavia was opened in summer 2016. 149 of the wind turbines are located in the municipalities of Ragunda, Strömsund and Sollefteå.

  • Solar power

    Innosund is located in the village of Oviken. It is specialised in energy and environmental innovation and supplies solar photovoltaic cell equipment to homes and companies.

  • Forests

    64% of Jämtland Härjedalen consists of forest lands. It has been one of the region’s base industries and a large source of income since time immemorial. During recent years, Jämtland Härjedalen has become well known for generating value from other resources than simply forestry raw materials within the green sectors, and small-scale products have developed into healthy businesses.verksamheter.

  • Green sectors

    For the people here, the green sectors are greatly important in many ways. From an economic point of view, Jämtland’s gross regional product amounts to SEK 37.5 billion. Agriculture and forestry has a turnover of more than SEK 6 billion. 40% of the workplaces and 6% of jobs are in the land and water-based industries.

BUSINESSES
ARE INVESTING
On the stony open mountain of Glötesvålen, Ikea has invested more than a billion kronor in 30 wind turbines that generate power at one thousand metres above sea level. This means that the company produces more renewable energy in the Nordic countries than its collective Nordic business activities consume.

Competence and development via Mid Sweden University.

One of the distinguishing features of the educational system in Jämtland Härjedalen is an ability to work together with local businesses to capture the needs that exist. One of the initiatives through which Mid Sweden University and the business community collaborate is the so-called Kompetenskontrakt (Competency Contract). This is a simple letter of intent between employers and Mid Sweden University’s educational programmes aimed at building strong relationships and long-term exchanges. It gives local employers a natural way to come into contact with the students at an early stage and secure the future workforce they need.

MID SWEDEN UNIVERSITY LEADS THE WAY
Mid Sweden University is our academic engine. Mid Sweden University has two campus locations, one in Sundsvall and one in Östersund. Around 6,500 students are registered at the Östersund Campus.


SCIENCE PARK AND BUSINESS INCUBATOR

Peak Region Science Park is the linchpin of the region’s innovation efforts and it is a place where ideas from our region can impact Sweden and the world. Today the Science Park includes the business incubator, which promotes and supports start-ups on their path to growth and profitability. It is also the home of Peak Innovation, which brings together businesses and researchers in the areas of sports, tourism and outdoor recreation. The objective is to enable concrete research findings, the private sector and new entrepreneurs to combine their strengths to hatch ideas and attract investment.