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Central Boden

In Boden we live a life of #Närhetsliv. By that we mean the life where you’re close to everything that matters and more – your children’s activities, your job, schools, cultural events, attractive homes, shopping and nature.

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Central Boden extends from Prästholmen in the east to Sveafältet in the west. The area is characterized by varied buildings with both garden city, street and lamella houses that reflect the city’s history with its different growth phases. It is close to shopping, culture and leisure activities as well as scenic hiking environments. In the coming years, there will be extensive investment in more greenways, new meeting places and housing. Living in central Boden means – in addition to proximity to shops, entertainment and leisure activities – good opportunities to choose environmentally friendly travel options. Within walking distance is the Resecentrum for train connections and regional bus services. Medborgarplatsen is the meeting point for local bus services and passengers can also change to Länstrafiken buses here.

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  • 1. Culture, leisure and entertainment Boden offers a wide range of cultural, leisure and entertainment activities. It includes the Havremagasinet Regional Art Gallery and a local art gallery housed in the Defense Museum. The heritage area consists of several interesting cultural buildings, one of which, Norrigården, houses a lunch restaurant. Public art can be viewed in several locations around the city. The wall reliefs at the Travel Center, for example, tell the history of Boden and the sculpture group Klockor gives Brännaparken a visual exclamation point at the mouth of Bodträsket. The city library is an obvious meeting place, located in the Enter mall, and the theater and cinema are located in the Folkets hus premises. The center has an outdoor swimming pool and ice rink, as well as a variety of fitness facilities within walking or cycling distance. Just outside the center is the Nordpoolen water park and the adjacent Hildursborg sports facility. In Björknäsparken, hopefuls can dance to live music from early May to mid-September. For the younger crowd, there is a nightclub at the M/S Bränna restaurant. For young people aged 13-20, Hörnet on Kungsgatan 26 is an important meeting place with a café, studio, a place to hang out, play games or do homework.
  • 2. Food culture There are many restaurants and cafes in the city center and the cuisine includes home cooking, American, Greek, Italian and Asian. Since 2021, there is a market hall offering locally produced delicacies.
  • 3. Trade and services The selection of small shops is wide and there are two malls: Enter and Köpkvarteret 43:an. For food, there are several shops available, with Coop Forum being the most central.
  • 4. Playgrounds There are several nice playgrounds for children, including Smörblomman at the western end of Kungsgatan. Surrounded by a green wave-shaped fence, Smörblomman is one of Boden's three landscaped parks (in addition to Stadsparken and Stadshusparken) and is the municipality's largest playground. The park is accessible and includes benches, tables and a fountain.
  • 5. Quiet, green and walkable. Boden Centrum is quiet and offers both nice walking paths, including around Bodträsket and along Bodån. There are several green areas and parks that are widely used for recreation and in connection with annual events such as the winter festival, autumn market and Boden-Alive.

About the area

The name Boden is said to derive from the word bod, referring to a shepherd’s hut or fishing hut. The city emerged as a church village in the early 19th century, growing in stages through investments in railways, defense and healthcare. These periods of growth have left their mark on urban development, for example in the form of a street structure with a grid plan in the eastern part, a model characteristic of Swedish station communities. Today, the green transition is a powerful influence on urban planning. While the new is taking shape under the flag of sustainability, initiatives are being taken to preserve and highlight the many culturally interesting buildings and environments that exist, such as the station house, the church with surrounding cultural buildings and remains from the city’s military history. Connecting the city with green spaces and waterways, as well as creating new meeting places are also part of the planning.


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