Photo: Sofia Berggren
Do you want to give your children a peaceful rural setting to grow in? There are countless advantages, your children will be close to daycares and schools. In denser rural towns this almost certainly means walking distance. Children living in villages have transportation provided by schools and daycares themselves, manned usually by the very same staff children meet at the school. Safety is increased, as everyone knows one another and look out for others.
In cases of “village schools”, the child groups are often smaller in their age groups. Lower schools, middle schools and high schools are available in most densely populated towns and villages. Transports are available for most of these in case you live slightly further from the shcool. Vilhelmina, Storuman and Tärnaby all have high schools. The amount of students has decreased in recent years, which may sound like a negative development in the ears of some. However this simply means teachers have more time to give attention to the development of individual students. The teaching is therefore more effective than in an overloaded school.
Leisurely activities don’t need to be a complex endeavor. Pack some picnic food and take an exciting trip into the forrest. Teach your kids to pick mushrooms and berries. Life near nature has the advantage of easily making a campfire. Grilling some hot dogs or marshmallows becomes a simple and fun affair. If you live near a lake or river, you can fish, sometimes all year round, as winter fishing is a popular sport in these parts. Skiing is another popular activity, as winters tend to be somewhat lengthy in northern Sweden. This can be done in both slalom and cross-country form. More types can be found as well. Slalom slopes are available everywhere, which makes for great snowbording atop all the skiing.
Kids in rural areas play and socialize with both younger and older children. Children of various ages can learn and teach each other many things and have as much fun as kids of the same age. Many friends are waiting nearby and as a parent chances are you don’t need to drive them to meet each other due to the close proximity. Neighbours and friends are usually the same persons you work with or meet around town. This makes it really easy to help each other to give kids rides to activities.