Living in Grästorp’s municipality
Grästorp’s municipality is a residential community with a rural pulse. It’s beautifully located south of Lake Vänern in the heart of Västra Götaland. There are good connections to nearby towns by train, bus and the excellent road network. Today, around 5,700 residents live here and the municipality has a clear ambition to grow.
Because many people want to move to the country, and many are interested in Grästorp’s pleasant and safe housing environment, we’re creating new housing opportunities. Right now, the Brännebacka Västra subdivision is under construction, which will become a natural extension of the town. The area, which is close to nature and with short distances to schools, sports and services, is planned to include a variety of housing types. People will live sustainably here with modern housing solutions, green electricity and their own garden plots. We’re also planning apartments in the city center, more residential areas that are close to nature and we encourage the construction of new homes in rural areas. Today, almost half of Grästorp’s population lives in our thriving rural areas.
Grästorp is known for its thriving associations with almost 100 of them. With a wide choice of leisure activities and recreational areas close by, Grästorp is an attractive municipality for all ages. Activities include an 18-hole golf course, ice rink, indoor swimming pool, riding center, soccer fields; sports, tennis and padel halls, martial arts, archery and handgun shooting ranges, and much more for the active family. Our cultural arts center hosts many activities all year round, as well as major annual events such as our fantastic festival of lights.
Where is Grästorp? The municipality is strategically located to the far west of Skaraborg, close to several larger towns. Trollhättan is 30 minutes away by car, and you can reach Vänersborg by train in 20 minutes. Lidköping is 25 minutes away, and Gothenburg just over one hour. This means many people commute to and from the municipality, and our excellent roads and train and bus connections make this easy.
Moving to Grästorp
Grästorp’s municipality has a clear ambition to grow the number of residents, and we’re seeing an increase in newcomers. We are clearly focused on being a good, active and safe municipality for our residents. It’s important for us that growth be sustainable, so that the community, schools and care continue to maintain their high quality. We’re pleased with the increasing interest in moving here and right now we’re making major efforts in planning new housing areas and business lots. Grästorp is growing and extends a welcome to you!
Our vision is to be an open, welcoming municipality for all. So why should you move to Grästorp? There’s the opportunity to choose between a house or an apartment in town or in the countryside. We’re busy working to be a really good residential municipality and one of our focus areas is hosting.
People seeking building lots in Grästorp’s municipality must join a line. The line controls the order in which people can buy the municipality’s vacant lots from those who have registered an interest in selling. There are also opportunities to find lots and homes in our beautiful countryside. There are checklists on the municipal web page along with supporting information.
Working in Grästorp
We welcome the future, we welcome change, we welcome you. Grästorp’s municipality is a major employer with many opportunities and a wide range of occupations to choose from for people seeking jobs in the municipal organization.
There are also many companies to work for. Grästorp’s extraordinarily close-knit business community enjoys a fantastic business climate, and many companies are constantly recruiting.
Major employers include the local retail trade, Linjemontage AB, Axima AB, Ahsell Sverige AB, Åse Viste Sparbank, Dataväxt and handicraft and service companies. The community is bubbling with entrepreneurial spirit, and in addition to the major employers there are also many small, agreeable companies to work for.
Schools in Grästorp
Grästorp has a preschool, elementary school, special education elementary school and an after-school center. High school education and adult education are provided in partnership with other principals.
Grästorp has two municipal preschools and a parent cooperative.
The Äventyret preschool is our newest school and is centrally located close to our other schools.
The Ambjörnsgården preschool’s educational methods are inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach with three age-homogeneous groups.
Asphagen’s preschool is a parent cooperative just outside of town; being close to nature and the farming environment, it serves locally produced, home-cooked food.
Schools, grades 1–9
Lunnevi school serves grades 1–3. It also has an after-school center. Grades 7–9 attend the nearby Nya Central school. There’s also an after-school center, youth activities and a school of the arts.
Grästorp does not have a high school. Students study in neighboring municipalities such as Trollhättan, Lidköping and Vara, to which there are excellent connections.
Grästorp’s municipality offers adult education via Campus Västra Skaraborg.
Things to do in Grästorp
Grästorp not only offers a peaceful environment and beautiful nature, but also opportunities for adventures and fun experiences. There’s everything from farm shop tours, flea markets, auctions and cultural events to guided wilderness tours on Hunneberg table rock or various types of sports.
We have almost 30 shops in the city center where you can find most everything you need, as well as the great drive and commitment shown by our businesses and the whole community.
Grästorp’s rich cultural life has much to offer! They include Grästorp’s concert hall and cinema, a well-attended cultural arts center with a library and café, several cultural associations and agricultural arts school that offers music, song and theater. Today, the former Oscar’s school houses the local cultural history museum, and Särestad’s rural history museum with its old interiors and agricultural machines can be found a little way outside of Grästorp.
A few years ago, Grästorp was nominated as the most favorable municipality in Sweden for associations. Sports clubs and thriving associations are the lifeblood of a community – there are a lot to choose from and they’re easy to try. Major clubs include Grästorp’s IK (ice hockey), IK Gauthiod (soccer) and Ekarna’s Golf Club. Sporting activities include an indoor swimming pool, riding center, floorball, tennis and padel halls, martial arts, archery and handgun shooting ranges, and much more for the active family.
There’s something for everyone in Grästorp. In addition to the sports activities, there are unique experiences such as our haunted house, exciting escape rooms and the completely refurbished indoor pool. Lake Vänern offers birdwatching and swimming from sandy beaches. Narrow country roads provide great opportunities for enjoyable bike rides, and Hunneberg offers hiking trails and other experiences. There are playgrounds and sledding slopes in the town center, and the municipality has the express goal of adapting city planning to focus on children.
Grästorp’s biggest event of all is the annual Nossan Festival of Lights. During one week in October, around 20,000 people visit the awesome Forshall promenade when it’s bathed in light and filled with music; there are haunted woods, beautiful views and fun activities.
Other major happenings include the Grästorp Festivities at the end of the summer and various types of musical and cultural events in our excellent Cultural Arts Center on the town square.
There are endless opportunities for outdoor activities. Cycling, MTB, orienteering and trail running are popular activities with Grästorp residents. There are beautiful views and a wilderness feel on Hunneberg table rock, one of the mountains that form part of the UNESCO Global Geo Park – Platåbergens geopark.
Around the community of Grästorp are excellent walking trails and a forest area with jogging trails and an outdoor gym. After the River Nossan come the Forshall and Tengen promenades, and on Hunneberg, half of which is located in Grästorp’s municipality, there’s a great diversity of fantastic hiking trails.