A practical guide for people from Ukraine

You have arrived in Pajala kommun, a municipality with approximately 6000 Citizens, in the north of Sweden. On this page you will find contacts and sources that can guide you through some practical issues during your initial time in Sweden.

This webpage is aimed at newly arrived refugees from Ukraine.

Informationsverige.se tells you about the Temporary Protection Directive and what applies for people who have fled the war in Ukraine.

You will also find information about the Swedish society and tools to learn Swedish.

This webpage is a good start if you need an orientation about how things work in Sweden for you who are newly arrived here.

На стартову сторінку | Informationsverige.se

ABF Pajala is offering to teach the Swedish language to newly arrived refugees. 

Informationsverige.se offers the digital language learning package "Lära svenska". You can use it to practise Swedish on your own by doing exercises and watching videos.

Детальніше про «Lära svenska» на Informationsverige.se

All children have the right to attend school and preschool.

More information about schools in the area you find on Children and education

You can also contact Pajala Municipality for guidance,
address: Medborgarvägen 4, Pajala
telephone: +46 978-120 00

You can read about the possibilities of working in Sweden on the Swedish Public Employment Service´s webpage:
українська / Ukrainian (arbetsformedlingen.se)External link, opens in new window.

Pajala municipality, as an organization, is one of the largest employers in the area and we need to hire people in varies professions. Read more at Arbeta med oss (Work with us)

Call 1177 if you are ill and wish to speak to a nurse for advice. The helpline is free of charge. The nurses speak Swedish and English. They can also help you to find the nearest healthcare centre.

In case of emergency, call 112 for an ambulance.

українська / Ukrainian (1177.se)External link, opens in new window.

Pусский / Russian (1177.se)

Pajala Municipality deals with many things for the benefit of the people who live here. Among other things, the municipality is responsible for providing preschools, schools, social services and elderly care. 

What is the municipality doing for newly arrived refugees?

Pajala Municipality’s responsibility for newly arrived refugees is to make sure that children can attend preschool and school and that the children live in a safe and healthy environment.

From the 1st of July 2022 the municipality also is responsible for providing housing for you who has seeked protection under the Temporary Protection Directive, and not have found your own place to stay.

There are many voluntary groups and organisations that want to make you feel welcome. For instance, there are some second-hand shops that can provide clothes and other items, for you and your family, if you are newly arrived.

There are several organisations offering to teach the Swedish language to newly arrived refugees. They are called studieförbund, study associations.

You can ask people around you what is provided in your local area.

With effect from 1 September, the exemption rules for dogs, cats and ferrets arriving with their owners who
have fled from Ukraine will no longer apply. Sweden will revert to the ordinary rules for bringing in dogs,
cats and ferrets from Ukraine, including for refugees. This means that animals that do not meet the entry
requirements will be turned back at the Swedish border or, in the worst case, may be euthanised.

Until 31 August, the exemption rules introduced just over a year ago will continue to apply. In order for an animal that is already in Sweden to be covered by the exemption rules, you must take it to a veterinarian by 31 August. However, you do not need to do so if you have already taken the animal to a veterinarian or if you have received a written decision from the Swedish Board of Agriculture explaining what you need to do.