In Boden, five priority growth areas for society and business have been identified in the strategic plan. They have been identified on the basis of the development potential they possess, in relation to the unique offers available in the municipality.
It trains the digital creators of tomorrow. Boden Game Camp is an integral part of Boden Business Park. Students from Sweden and all over the world come to Norrbotten for an education with good prospects for a career in a digital industry of the future. In our state-of-the-art facilities, there are 300 students in several different types of education, such as folk high school education, vocational training and upper secondary education.
Complementing the digital industry, we have a resourceful and exciting environment where talent and strong ideas can flourish. We have facilities such as a film studio, sound studio, creative meeting spaces and proximity to a wonderful mix of industries that are happy to help make things happen. This is where it happens.
Sweden's hottest investment region for electricity-intensive industries. Boden assists privately owned companies in a variety of sectors and industries to establish and expand their operations in the municipality. The main task of the municipal company Bodens Utveckling AB is to promote and develop Boden as a destination for electricity-intensive industries. The company works specifically on developing and packaging land, as well as supporting companies in all stages of the establishment process.
Boden has unique conditions, such as planned land in good locations and green electricity with a very large capacity, to create adapted construction solutions for high-tech and electricity-intensive businesses.
Two of our electricity-intensive areas are located directly adjacent to the Boden urban area and offer several establishment options; both for new stand-alone facilities as well as rent or purchase of existing premises.
Trade in Boden has a turnover of over SEK 1.4 billion every year and creates jobs for almost 600 people. In Boden, you shop because it's easy and close to the various commercial areas, for the unique hospitality and the multicultural atmosphere. Tourists play an extremely important role here, as visits to Boden create new jobs and make Boden a more attractive place to live.
Boden attracts thousands of visitors every year. Nature, fishing, swimming, Western Farm, Nordpoolen, Storklinten, the newly established Loggers Lodge and the world-famous Treehotel are just some of the reasons why more and more tourists are coming to Boden. The garrison town with strong restrictions on foreign visitors is a thing of the past. Today, Boden is a municipality with a tourism industry that is growing ever stronger. It has powerful brands and infrastructure for continued development and growth in the hospitality industry.
Boden is unique in the possibilities of land close to the city centre that is available for those who want to combine their living with their passion for horses. How about building a horse farm ten minutes from the city centre? Or the opportunity to offer children the largest leisure centre in Boden in the form of the quality-certified riding school with no queuing time.
Boden is northern Sweden's densest horse town and the site of Sweden's northernmost racecourse, which has competitions all year round. In Norrbotten as a whole there are 4 000 - 5 000 horses. Equestrian sports have many traders with good opportunities to further strengthen the industry. In Boden, you have access to competition, training and education facilities, extensive veterinary expertise and accommodation close to the horses.
Five km south of the city centre is Södra Bränslan - an area close to several important facilities for the horse industry. The area is called Hästbyn, where you can build horse farms with residential houses, stables and additional buildings in a beautiful setting. There is also an extensive network of horse trails adjacent to the area, providing good opportunities for horse riding and training. Most horse-related facilities, such as Boden Riding Club, Bodentravet and the equine clinic, in close proximity to each other. Together they make Boden the region's obvious equestrian centre.
In Boden, you are always close to nature. A nature worth preserving. A large number of climate initiatives are underway here and several local companies have shown that environmental technologies can generate growth.
The development of a new industrial area for environmental and recycling technology - Boden Cleantech Center - is currently underway. There is infrastructure and land prepared for the establishment of companies in the recycling sector that want to carry out operational and testing activities. Development work in the area will be promoted by creating an arena together with stakeholders from the municipality, the business community and the university.
But Boden Cleantech Center is just one of several eco-innovative initiatives in the municipality. It already has a facility to extract vehicle fuel from food waste and sewage sludge, a state-of-the-art incinerator producing electricity and heat from waste and biofuel, and the Brännkläppen waste facility where residues are taken care of for recycling, treatment and landfill.
The aim of these initiatives is to establish a thriving regional marketplace for the recovery of residues and for Boden to continue to develop as a hub for recycling in the North Calotte.
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