Living in Mariestad
Mariestad is a beautiful lakeside town on the shore of Lake Vänern. The River Tidan flows into Lake Vänern in the very center of Mariestad, and the Göta Canal begins its journey through the country in the northern part of the municipality. We’re creating dream locations together, and thanks to major companies setting up here, we’re on the brink of a green transition with great growth and urban development.
Moving to Mariestad
Mariestad, a place that is firmly rooted in history, is growing by leaps and bounds. Our goal is to reach 40,000 residents by 2040, creating dream locations together as new subdivisions take form. Mariestad residents new and old will be welcomed to break ground in what is one of Sweden’s most beautiful locations, if you ask us.
Thriving associations, exciting attractions, boating on Lake Vänern and other activities make Mariestad a glorious place to live.
For people working outside the municipality or wishing to visit other places, its geographical location also affords smooth commuting to destinations inside and beyond Skaraborg.
Working in Mariestad
Working in Mariestad
There are plenty of job opportunities in Mariestad. Mariestad has everything – companies large and small, public bodies and fantastic conditions for running your own business. Also, excellent communications make it easy to reach cities such as Stockholm, Gothenburg, Jönköping, Skövde and the rest of Skaraborg. In other words, you can easily live in Mariestad and work wherever you like.
Mariestad has a flourishing business community based on tradition and innovation in areas such as the green transition. In the municipality, major exporters work side-by-side with international companies, commerce and small businesses. With major new setups in a growing municipality, the long-term prospects for more jobs and opportunities are good.
Starting your own business
If you’re an entrepreneur looking to start your own business, then Mariestad is the place for you. In the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise’s business rankings for 2023, Mariestad ranks 28 out of the country’s 290 municipalities, with a consolidated score of 4.31 out of 5. Compared to the Swedish average of 3.46, the result is clear – this is where things happen.
Education in Mariestad
Schools in Mariestad
Preschool and educational care
Preschool teachers and childcare assistants work in Mariestad, distributed across 18 municipal preschools and a child minder. Our preschools are located in several places throughout the municipality. There are also two private preschools.
School, grades 1–9 + after-school center
There are 12 municipal schools, grades 1–9 in Mariestad, and three private schools, grades 1–9, spread across the municipality. Mariestad municipality’s schools also include a special education school.
All of the schools are adjoined by an after-school center for children aged 6 until the spring term of the year the pupil turns 13.
Senior high schools
There’s a wide range of courses at high school level in Mariestad. The municipal Vadsbo High School offers 10 national programs, both college-prep and pre-vocational, and the national recruiting marine technology program. Vadsbo High School also has introductory programs and special education high school programs.
Want to combine your studies with sports? Vadsbo High School runs a nationally certified sports program (NIU) for floorball, as well as sports specializations (LIU) for football and ice hockey.
Väner High School Olins offers private vocational education in two national programs.
Mariestad’s municipality offers studies at several different levels and in several different fields. In addition to Mariestad Adult Education, there are also Dacapo Mariestad and Vara Adult Education College.
Municipal adult education offers courses at the elementary and high school levels. Adult education also offers vocational training and apprenticeships at high school level in collaboration with other adult education courses in Skaraborg.
Dacapo Mariestad is a platform for a network of university and higher education programs. Students can study programs at college and university level there. The University of Gothenburg and Linköping University provide digital education for students on campus in Mariestad and remotely for Karlstad University students.
Things to do in Mariestad
Mariestad is a small town overflowing with natural experiences and quality of life. Here’s where Sweden’s blue-riband Göta Canal meets northern Europe’s largest lake – and offshore from the 140-kilometer coastline, the archipelago’s islands are counted in the tens of thousands.
The west-facing Lake Vänern shoreline provides countless sunsets and cooling dips. The beautiful, varied countryside invites you to make day trips by bike and on foot along the excellent trails dotted around the municipality. There are recreation areas, beaches and cliffs, deep forests, charming country roads and places of interest large and small to discover both in the countryside and close to town.
SE-542 30 Mariestad, SWEDEN