Living in Vara municipality
There are great opportunities here in Vara municipality in western Skaraborg, and day-to-day life not only offers freedom, but also simplicity and security. Because distances are short in this part of Sweden, it’s possible to find time for work, school and leisure, even if each takes place in different locations. In other words, We have time to live life here.
In Vara, the open, flat landscape is the backdrop for a unique small town lifestyle. You can either live under a big countryside sky or close to neighbors in one of the municipality’s towns. Being so close to other places inside and outside of Skaraborg creates many opportunities, in terms of both work and leisure.
Moving to Vara
New, attractive homes are being created all the time in Vara. With the open, flat landscape right outside the window you’re bound to find your dream location. There’s a whole range of housing options from rural farms to single-family homes, or apartment buildings in older or more modern designs in the towns and villages.
It’s possible to build homes in all of the towns in Vara municipality. Demand for housing is greatest in Vara, the regional center. Lassagården, a new subdivision for about 400 single-family and multi-family homes is currently under construction in the north-east part of Vara. A new subdivision known as Håkan-Månsgården is planned for Southwest Vara, and by 2030 there will be space for around 1,000 new homes of various designs and forms of tenure.
Working in Vara
Vara is bubbling with entrepreneurial spirit and its business community is greater than that of most of Sweden’s small municipalities. Manufacturing, construction and trading companies work alongside traditional agriculture and acclaimed design companies. People naturally have broader horizons in our open, flat landscape, and can see past problems and obstacles. Vara is bold!
Even if you don’t live in Vara, there are great conditions for working here. There’s excellent commuting to and from Lidköping, Skara, Trollhättan, Vänersborg and also to Herrljunga, Alingsås and Gothenburg. The railroad stations in Vara and Vedum enable commuting by public transit.
The biggest industries in Vara are manufacturing, commerce, business services and agriculture.
Make your dream come true in the countryside
For those driven enthusiasts who dare to invest in their ideas, Vara is a place where dreams and projects can come to fruition. It’s possible to get funding through Leader Nordvästra Skaraborg for projects that provide a boost for life in the countryside and foster local development.
If you’re dreaming of things like becoming a culinary maestro, running a country bed and breakfast or starting a pottery in the barn, then Vara
Starting and setting up a company
If you’re looking to start your own business in Skaraborg, you’ll soon notice that there are a number of organizations whose entire purpose is to make things easier for you and other new entrepreneurs. New Entrepreneur Center Skaraborg offers free advice for people who need to air their ideas and thoughts, while Coompanion supports people who are curious about starting a cooperative company.
Schools in Vara
Vara municipality has preschools, elementary schools and high schools under both municipal and independent direction. Many of the schools are located in beautiful natural settings close to forests that invite outdoor education, weather permitting.
Many of the municipality’s towns have their own preschools. In all, there are seven municipal and five independent preschools.
Educational activities at Gläntan, the municipality’s open preschool, include play and active creation.
Liten & Stor, the Church of Sweden’s preschool, welcomes children and adults for play, song, coffee and a pleasant time together.
Schools, grades 1–9
Vara has nine municipal elementary schools. Schools for the earlier grades are available in several of the municipality’s towns, while those for later grades are located in the town of Vara and Kvänum. All pupils are assigned a school based on the catchment area in which they live. They have the right to choose a different school than the one they belong to, but in this case they must arrange and pay for school transportation themselves, which would otherwise be free.
Lagman’s High School
The high school has all the advantages of a large school but the safe environment of a small school, and there is a great range of good quality education.
The school has ten different programs plus two sports specializations, soccer and ice hockey, for students who want to put extra effort into their sport during their education.
The school has an exciting location right next door to Vara Concert Hall. They share a high-class dining room, a modern auditorium and the joy that throngs of people bring. The high school’s students are also offered free tickets for evening performances on occasions when the concert hall is not fully booked.
The school works closely with the local business community and industry. This provides good opportunities for interesting study visits, internships and contacts for the future. This collaboration enhances their education and for many students, it shortens the path to their first job. Some of the school’s programs guarantee summer jobs for the students.
Local sports profiles
Does your child want to put more effort into soccer or ice hockey? Lagman’s High School sports profiles give students the opportunity to improve their techniques and fundamentals based on their own abilities in order to use them in training and match situations. The focus is on individual development.
The high school’s technical program and industrial technology program has received the Teknikcollege quality stamp. Teknikcollege is a cooperation platform where municipalities, education providers and companies work to increase the attractiveness and quality of technically oriented education. Teknikcollege leads to good internships and excellent opportunities for future jobs.
Furthermore, the Association of Swedish Engineering Industries in Vara offer summer jobs to all students in years 1 and 2 in the industrial technology and technical program, an additional advantage.
Academy of Music and Business
The Academy of Music and Business (AMB) is a leading-edge high school education in music that is characterized by unique, comprehensive values. Located in the middle of the fertile Vara Plain, the school is an optimal educational center focused on music, music production and entrepreneurship.
Campus Västra Skaraborg
Campus Västra Skaraborg is an adult education operation located in Essunga, Grästorp, Götene, Lidköping and Vara. The school covers elementary and high-school level adult education, Swedish for immigrants, special education for adults, vocational college education and a learning center for college education. The range of programs extends from health and social care, preschool teachers and accountants to bakers, floor-layers and frontend developers.
Vara adult education school
With more than a century under its belt, Vara adult education school is a well-regarded center of learning located in downtown Vara. In addition to the general program, there is the opportunity to train as a radio journalist or a youth leader.
Things to do in Vara
The plain surrounding Vara is home to everything from Art Nouveau castles and Sweden’s best patisserie to a renowned concert hall, a brilliantly colored piece of art and proud food producers.
Everyday culture should not only be accessible to people who live in big cities. In Vara, you’re never far away from art and the performing arts. It has Skaraborg’s biggest concert hall and its most spectacular works of art.
Vara Concert Hall
The concert hall in Vara stages almost 200 concerts and performances every year. It has a broad repertoire that includes everything from pop and rock to dance and family performances. If you live in Vara and environs, our symphonies will give you goose bumps, our jazz butterflies in the stomach, our stand-up will make you roar with laughter and our theater will bring a tear to your eye.
See the latest program at varakonserthus.se (in Swedish)
The Blue Orange – Vara train station
No one who gets off the train at Vara station can fail to notice the station building; it’s designed to stand out and demand attention. Since 2012, the station building has been a work of art that goes by the name of The Blue Orange. It was created by the German artist Katharina Grosse, whose special interest is colors and the way they interact with each other and the beholder. She has painted the old station building bright blue – from the top of the roof to its foundations – and placed five huge sculptures on the roof in all the colors of the rainbow. Here’s where art meets everyday life!
You can read more about the artwork here The Blue Orange.
Cultural heritage sites on the Vara Plain
There are many cultural heritage sites on the Vara Plain that are worth a visit.
(phone) +46 (0)512-310 00
Stora torget 8
SE-534 81 Vara, SWEDEN