Vuollerim is a small village in the middle of Swedish Lapland by the Arctic Circle, neighbouring the beautiful Nordic woods. The Northern Lights in the winter and the Midnight Sun in the summer are among the reasons that inspire the villagers to stay and work hard for this extraordinary place.

With around 800 inhabitants, the village has managed to launch about 40 non-profit associations. Entrepreneurship is well-embedded in the local culture, which is evidenced by the number of local companies. Nowadays, there are about 60 companies in Vuollerim. Seven of them are Bygdebolag, limited liability companies, all of which re-invest their profits in the local community and are open to anyone in the world to invest in.

The current goal is to create more visibility for Vuollerim, to attract young people and families to move into the village. Vuollerim has very good internet connectivity offering a lot of possibilities, as well as a physical infrastructure that can be compared with that of a bigger community.

One way of how Vuollerim could achieve its goal is the ongoing project ‘My Best Village’ – its involves an app that matches rural places with people who want to move to the countryside. The premise is that villages would create digital profiles and people could get all the information they need to make the move, including job opportunities, schools, and services. The project was awarded the ‘BOLD Social Impact’ prize in Italy.

The Smart Rural 21 project has been a good opportunity to get inspiration and network with other smart villages with similar challenges and ideas.

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Village strategy :

Vuollerim village strategy



Vuollerim community spirit and teamwork

Find out how the Vuollerim village community comes together to restore, maintain and upgrade vital functions and services, such as the local school, post office, a hardware store, a closed-down hotel, as well as various forms of entertainment.

Sustainable Busines Inspiration: Lapland Vuollerim

Near the Arctic Circle in the midst of Swedish Lapland, the village of Vuollerim is creating value and strengthening their community!

Resources :

Summary Highlights of the Smart Village Strategy of Vuollerim (Sweden)
( 12/2020 )
The Summary Highlights of the Smart Village Strategy of Vuollerim has been developed in the context of the ‘Preparatory Action for Smart Rural Areas in the 21st Century’ project funded by the European Commission.
Language : English

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