Nike Kelbel, 24, has longed to get away from the noise of the city and closer to nature ever since she was a child. North. Today she lives in the village of Södra Bredåker, fifteen minutes from Boden. She plays two sports and has a job.
A strong civil society and a rich leisure time with community and meaningful activities are important prerequisites for people to develop and thrive in a place. In Boden, we have a fantastic association life and are close to our passionate volunteers, role models and athletes. That’s what we call #Närhetsliv.
There are plenty of strong volunteers here who give tirelessly and generously of their time to make Boden a good place to live. Thanks to them, residents have great opportunities for recreation, exercise, culture, community and new experiences – everywhere in the municipality, in the city centre and in the countryside. A vibrant association life also requires good relations between the non-profit and the public, between the associations and the municipality. It is here in Boden, where we are close to natural meeting places and in close contact with both decision-makers and passionate volunteers that makes things happen. That’s why we’re especially proud that Boden was recently named Sweden’s most association-friendly municipality.
Boden’s cultural associations are active in many different areas, such as art, music, performing arts and cultural history, and enable a rich and varied cultural life throughout the municipality.The associations help you to practice culture by creating and producing activities such as painting, dancing or playing instruments. They also enable you to consume experiences as a spectator or audience member. Cultural associations contribute to social sustainability and enable inclusive meeting places.
Boden’s civil society, with its enormous voluntary forces, is truly worthy of praise. That’s why every three years we organise a tribute to them. This year, it’s time again for #Närhetsliv 2022 – a celebration of our passionate volunteers.
The tribute was held for the first time in November 2019 (#Närhestliv 2019) and was an appreciated initiative, both by the associations and the residents.
In Boden you are always close to a rich leisure time, whether you are a beginner, a happy exerciser or want to go far. There are a remarkable number of sports clubs for the size of the town and a wide range of activities for children and young people who want to try out a variety of sports. You can try everything from floorball, basketball and swimming to cheerleading, slalom, motor sports, mountain biking, archery and e-sports – and everything in between. It’s up to you.
A strong sporting tradition with a broad youth focus also brings success at higher levels. We see this not least in the crowd favourites Boden Handboll, BBK Fotboll, Boden Hockey, but the people of Boden also show great success in motor sports, bowling, weightlifting and slalom, shooting and much more.
If you like horses, you’ve come to the right place. Boden is the most horse-oriented municipality in northern Sweden and the equestrian life is an integral part of the urban planning. An important piece of the puzzle is Boden’s Riding Club, which trains eager new riders, but there are also other associations and actors who make jumping, pony trotting, trotting, dressage and western riding possible.
Here we see diversity as an asset and work actively to ensure that everyone has the opportunity for active leisure – no matter where in the municipality you live, how old you are, where you come from or what your disability is. Among other things, Dance Direction Association is investing in dance classes for people with disabilities, and BBK football and Boden City FC are showing how sport can be a good way to integration.
Local and village associations in Boden contribute to sustainable community development. Local associations keep alive old methods of craftsmanship, building and farming. In this way, knowledge is preserved for a future in which careful environmental impact and wise management of the earth’s resources are increasingly important.
With their voluntary efforts, village associations contribute to a more vibrant countryside and strengthen social sustainability. By working locally and creating important meeting places, they provide a link for local residents.
If you’re looking for community and want to meet others who share your interests or life situation, chances are you’ll find it in Boden. Maybe you can learn something completely new? Here you will find associations in everything from board games, roll-play, chess and bridge to vintage cars, lectures, beekeeping, photography and film. There is an active gardening society, a pensioners’ association, a couple of radio clubs and much more.
In Boden, the outdoors is everywhere, with riding trails, exercise tracks and walking trails, nature, swimming, camping activities and fishing opportunities in many places around the municipality. If you want to enjoy it with others, there are many associations to join. The scouts, Friluftsfrämjandet, Naturskyddsföreningen to name a few. There are also other ways to enjoy the outdoors, Boden municipality has many snowmobile clubs that prep our trails making nature more accessible in winter.