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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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Prästholmen (also called Nedre stadsdelen) is located on an islet by Lake Bodträsket within walking distance of the city center. The area has an interesting and mixed development with older villas from the first half of the 20th century, terraced houses and multi-family houses in a grid plan. In the northern part of the area there are a number of tower blocks built according to the 1970s “house in park” ideal. The latter were built in the late 1960s and early 1970s, an expansive time in the city’s history when the new central hospital attracted new employees from all over the country. Since then, Prästholmen has also become an important place for new arrivals offered accommodation by the Swedish Migration Agency. The district has an open, multicultural character and is characterized by its lakeside location with walking paths and large grassy areas. The area has a preschool and school age 6 to 12, a convenience store, a church and restaurants. Its proximity to the city center makes it easy to access the range of shops, eateries, culture and leisure activities. A stone’s throw away is the Resecentrum, which enables train and bus travel to work, school and entertainment.

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  • 1. By the lake Prästholmen is surrounded by water on two sides. A narrow road leads out to the island of Killingholmen, with birch groves and allotments. Opposite the island is Överluleå church with its church cottages, and the walkable park Kvarnängen, which is a popular and well-used recreational area.
  • 2. Close to the center Within walking or cycling distance is the center of Boden with small shops, two malls and a handful of cafes and restaurants. Since 2021, there is also a small market hall with locally produced delicacies. Next to Överluleå church (built in 1831) is a charming cultural area with church cottages and listed buildings. Norrigården houses a restaurant and café.
  • 3. Child- and dog-friendly The peaceful environment with large grassy areas and walking distance to preschool, school and leisure facilities makes Prästholmen a child-friendly place. The nice and easily accessible walking paths around the lake and the proximity to nature are also an asset for families with children and dog owners.
  • 4. Leisure and culture With its location close to the city center, there are short distances to both nature and exercise facilities. Across the water, in Kvarnängen Park, there is a playground and a well-used outdoor gym. The municipality is known for its active and rich association life and it is easy for everyone to find suitable activities. For those interested in art, there is a regional art gallery, Havremagasinet, and a newly opened art gallery housed in the Defense Museum. Folkets hus runs a cinema and a theater, and horse lovers can visit the racetrack or take part in courses and activities through Boden's riding club or Rånisgården (western riding).
  • 5. Local church Rörvikskyrkan (cooperation church between EFS and Överluleå parish) was built in 1973 and renovated in 2006. The church is an important meeting place and offers activities for all ages: music, choir activities, café evenings and more.

About the area

Prästholmens reflects important events in Boden’s history. The station house, built in 1893, is built in the National Romantic style and is a listed building. With its beauty and poise, the building recalls a time when the railway was a milestone in the development of Boden and the pride and confidence in the future that was once associated with the development of the railway. The 1970s tower blocks were built as a result of the establishment of the Central Hospital. In 1977, the hospital was one of the most modern in the country. During the 1990s, Boden was transformed from a closed town with a ban on foreigners for military reasons into a reception town for asylum seekers. A common thread in the city’s history is periods of large-scale migration of people from near and far who came here to work in the industries that have been influential, from railway construction, the military and the central hospital to today’s steel industry and tourism.


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