Here you can learn more about the different activities we organize.   

We are looking forward to seeing you soon.




Saturday, 8th of July from 12pm-4pm.

Place: Nordanå Park.

The Expats & Friends of Skellefteå would like to invite you to the Annual Summer Picnic to be held at Nordanå Park on Saturday, July 8th from 12pm-4pm.
The EFA will have available: utensils, plates, cups, napkins, coffee, tea, saft.
Games and a limited number of picnic blankets.
Please write how many you are coming, adults/children in the FB event – click here!
Look forward to seeing you then!
Highlights from the earlier years of the EFA Summer Picnic.

Best wishes,



Get your booties ready for some serious dancing moves …
The event will start with a Latin dance workshop (19.15 – 20.45/ with Sylvia SalsaMorena Skellefteå ) where you can learn the basic moves and develop your latin dancing skills thru out the night to the rhythm of the music with a DJ!

FaceBook event link – click here!

Tickets for sale on…


28th of April – SPRINGBOARD SKELLEFTEÅ 2023!

Save the date!  (Event in English) 

The goal is to merge the need for talented workforce with career opportunities for all of us who relocated to Skellefteå region from different parts of the world.

To sign up please access the following link:

If you are a business and wish to have a display on that day please get in contact with us:

An event created by Expats and Friends Association and Skellefteå Kommun in partnership with SENSUS.


When: 2nd of April. from 9.00am to 16.00.
Where: Bygdsiljum ski slope. 
Welcome EFA members!
Before the end of the season we are planning a ski trip for all ages to the beautiful slope of Bygdsiljum.
This slope is known for well kept facilities and all level challenges – specially good for beginners!
EFA will provide the transportation for the day – a 40 person bus – that will leave Skellefteå at 9.00am and come back at 15.00. The drive is one hour so we should be at the slope around 10.00am and back in town around 16.00.
EFA will also provide Fika at the restaurant and help with skiing.
We have a special offer of 200kr per ski pass instead of 300kr.
What do you need to do?
2. Have your own equipment. You can rent on site or check with Fritidsbanken if they can lend you some:
Ask friends or check second-hand. Now in town there are also offers at shops if you are more serious about it.
3. Sign-up. First come first serve. Max. 40 people.
4. Bring sandwiches/snacks – there are fires there with wood if you want to grill and there is a restaurant if you don’t want to hassle.
Please sign-up on the FB event click here. 



When: 17th of March at 14.00
Where: Ainas Café, Östra Nygatan 71 (bus stop right outside).
Friday fika, kids included!
Aina’s have kindly given us use of a separate room (upstairs). Combine a parents social meet up with some Swedish practice.
Coffee and a fika selection included. Paid members free, otherwise 50kr towards costs.
Hannelore and Alicia will be your hosts!
Please sign up on the FB event click here. 


When: 17th March – check the online program! Starts at 9.00 am. You have to sign up for the event:

Where: SARA kulturhus, Stage 2.

With international establishments we are meeting people from all over the world who have made Skellefteå to their new hometown. But what do they think about Skellefteå? What is it really like to live and work here? What is the best about it, and what can improve and get better? How can we get better at welcoming everyone who moves here?

Invited guests are there to tell their story about why they chose to move to Skellefteå and what their experience has been so far. Meet Fransesca Quartey, Cultural entrepreneur and tv-profile,  Paul Connolly, Norrans english speaking editor, Chloris Che, Co-founder of Moose & Goose and Christina Lindberg Ghimpu, Chairperson for Expats and Friends Association.

(This session is held in English)


When: 8th of March, from 12.00 to 17.00.

Where: Scene 1, SARA kulturhus.

Come and celebrate Sara Lidman’s 100th year!

Together with several important Swedish personalities our chairwoman Cristina Lindberg Ghimpu, as part of the panel, will share her experiences and inspire other people with the journey that has been to come to Sweden, and help others find their place here in Skellefteå and Swedish society thru the Expats and Friends Association.  Warm welcome to this special afternoon!


When: 1st of March, from 5.00 to 6.00 pm.

Where: House Be, Storgatan 53.

Have you ever thought about starting your own business in Sweden but felt unsure? Maybe you’d like to know where to start!
We are planning a small group session with “The New Business Centre Skellefteå” (NyföretagarCentrum).
Lahcene Chellig will talk about what you need to think about, what help and funding is out there and answer your questions (in English, some other languages also possible).
Please comment in the FB event link here if are interested to come along and if you can join us!


EFA Annual Meeting

When: 27th of February

Time: 18.00 – 21.00

Dear all,
The Expats & Friends Association (EFA) encourages everyone to get involved in the association and take part in the decision making process by becoming a member of the association.
We are pleased to announce that the EFA annual meeting is scheduled on February 27, 2023 at 18.00.
Place: Online meeting – Teams. Please check the connection 5-10 min in advance!
For more information please contact us at:   (or)
EFA Board.


When: 24th of February from 7.30 to 9.00 am.

Where: Exploratoriet, Skellefteå

A TEASER EVENT before the SPRINGBOARD event in April!

A breakfast meeting for companies before the Springboard event, April 28th!

In case you are not on the list and wish to participate then please let us know at:

RSVP by Feb 17th! 

SWEDISH FIKA & chat at Aina’s!

When: 10th of February between 15.00 – 16.30

Where: Aina’s café Nygatan 70, upstairs room

Aina’s Café would like to offer a warm welcome to Skellefteå’s new residents.

EFA members are invited to Aina’s for traditional fika and Swedish conversation.

Try a selection of mini fika treats and talk with native speakers and other learners.

Bad Swedish, good conversation and delicious fika!
Plus, Aina’s are offering a *200kr* Skellefteå card for one of the lucky attendees to win.
Cost: 50kr for non-members. FREE if you have paid EFA membership!
Booking: A must. Please book so that Aina’s can plan go the the FB event in this link to sign-up. Thank you. 


SEB Award “Diversity, Equality or Environment” given to EFA!

When: 26th of January during the Hockey match that starts at 18.00.

Every year SEB presents an award for “Diversity, Equality or Environment”. We are pleased to announce that the Expats and Friends Association will receive this years award.

“The prize is awarded to a company, association or other organization that excels from a sustainability perspective”.

The ceremony will take place during the hockey match on Thursday 26th at Skellefteå Kraft Arena!




When: 3rd of December

Time: 13.00 – 16.00

Where: IES Skellefteå (International English School), Brännavägen 57-59, 931 44 Skellefteå.

Dear all,
It is time again for EFA Christmas cheer. Let us gather and celebrate with so dear ones.


SEK 50 per person (12 y and above) for tea, milk, coffee, soft drinks and fika, decorations etc. and should be paid directly to EFA Swish AC 1230019638.
OBS! EFA membership must be paid up to date or you can do the payment for both membership fee and Xmas event.
Bring a signature dish that defines you and if possible a traditional dessert you are proud of. Do not forget to take your own drink! (Non-alcoholic though).

Please label your food before arriving at the event (especially gluten free food) and we recommend to bring your own serving spoons.
You can access IES by the main entrance and you will be welcomed in the reception area.

The parking is limited at the premises. There are three parking lots, one is close to the gymnastics building, another one is close to the main entrance (visitors parking) and the third is behind the building (staff parking) with access from visitors parking.
Kindly confirm your attendance (no. of adults and children) by November 30th to the following e-mail address: or comment under this event.

Father Christmas will meet the children! 
Please spread the word!
Thank you.


Date: 2nd of December
Time: 17.15 – 18.30
Place: Bilda Nord local, Stationsgatan 15, Skellefteå 93131 
Embrace the cold with some sound advice from cold weather expert Toby Cowern and enjoy being outside when the temperature dips.
We’ve also asked some others to give tips about activities too.
An informal discussion and questions will be followed by fika. Chat over coffee and meet other new Skellefteåbor.
The location is in the city centre, so take the chance to carry on conversations after the meeting and go for a drink or dinner, in town.
  • Winter advice
  • Come with questions
  • Tips, where to go
  • Chat with other members
This event does not require EFA membership.
Please use simple sign up – CLICK HERE to let us know how many are coming.


Culture Club: Movie Night.

When: 25th November at 17.30

Where: Aveny Bio – Skellefteå centrum.

We will choose the movie more near the date – the idea is to meet at the movie theatre in town to go and see a movie – and then hang a bit to discuss it over some dinner or drinks! Hope to see some movie aficionados!

You can sign up in the FB event – click here!


Once again, thanks to Västerbottensteatern we have the wonderful opportunity to enjoy the performance “MIRA” on the 25th and 26th of November! – For EFA members there is an 2 for 1 offer. Buy 1, get 1 free.

If you are interested, please sign up in the FB comments- click here or write to: and we will send you the code so you can book/pay for the tickets. A wonderful story with few words, suitable for all ages and very easy to understand no matter what language you speak.

Here is the link to buy the tickets once you have received the CODE.


Date: November 22 

Time: 17.00 – 18.00

Where: Storgatan 53, SE 931 30 – Skellefteå 

Wreath making classes are a way to pick up new skills so come and have fun at these interactive workshops.
The Expats & Friends Association and Sudieförbundet Bilda Nord will organise several workshops starting from this month. The first class will be hosted at EFA premises in Storgatan 53 (The Great Northern).
Fee: 60 SEK (wreath kit, fika included)
Theme: Christmas wreath
Seats: 8
Registration and payment by Swish to 1230019638
See you soon!

What is European Union (EU) and what is happening in Europe right now?

A lecture organised by Europa Direkt Västerbotten and Expats and Friends Association.
When: November 18th, 11:30-13.00
Where: House Be Svalan, Strandgatan 48A, Floor -1
Fika/light lunch included – registration needed!
Cecilia Frank, the manager of the Europa Direkt Västerbotten will give an introduction about how EU institutions work together, what rights we have as EU citizens and how we can influence the EU workflow.
Going further, Cecilia Frank will focus on few hot topics such as the war in Ukraine, Green Deal etc.
FACTS: The Europa Direkt Västerbotten is part of the European Commission’s information network consisting of approximately 450 offices throughout the EU. There are 15 Europe Direct offices in Sweden, where one of them is in Skellefteå and offers information about the EU to citizens in the region. Through this network people have the opportunity to participate in events and promote local and regional debate about EU.
Please sign up – FB event click here!

Meet & Greet: EFA and NUITEQ

The Expats and Friends Association (EFA) wants to facilitate and guide newcomers to Skellefteå to learn more about what companies are in the region and what kind of jobs are available.

When: November 12

Time: 12.30 – 14.30

Where: Laboratorgränd 11, 931 77 , Skellefteå

EFA and NUITEQ invite you for a lunch meeting (food/snacks and drinks) at NUITEQ premises, where NUITEQ will host members of the EFA community and give them the opportunity to meet each other.

The event is all about networking, send CVs and circulate them within the local IT community.

Among the guests will be Skellefteå Digital Alliance and Tietoevry.


Simple sign up – click here!


What’s going on at Exploratoriet?
When: November 6th at 13.00. (Please arrive 10 min in advance)
Offer: 2 tickets for 1, and fika
Come and explore different subjects – from food supply to distant stars in an interactive way.
  • Ghost walk
  • Hologram
  • Stargazing
Sara Stengård, our host and CEO Exploratoriet Skellefteå, will welcome us and point out some highlights as well as some special Halloween activities.
Registration: Write to or write your name and how many tickets in the comments in the FB event – click here!



A wicked good time for everyone!

When: October 29
Time: 13.00-16.00
Where: Storgatan 18, Building B
Fee: 50 sek/adult (EFA Swish ACC 1230019638). Children free of charge.
Parking place: Nordanå parking (close to Västerbotten Theatre).
For the whole family, just put on a costume – treats will be plenty!
Snacks, goodies, coffee/tea, face painting, Halloween handcraft and NEW games!
RSVP by October 23 to EFA mobile 076 777 83 66 or you can post in the FB thread how many adults/children will attend.
Max 40 persons so please remember to register in time! 

More info on FB – click here!

MEET & GREET: Welcoming the cold!

When: October 28th

Where: House Be Svalan, Strandgatan 48A

Time: 17.30 

Welcome to a conversation on how to handle the cold.

Toby Cowern will take us thru this journey and give very important and useful tips on how to dress and manage cold weather. What to do in an emergency situation? Amongst other topics.  Visit Skellefteå will be there too to give tips on winter activities.

Please sign up in the FB event – click here!

HOCKEY – Special Scandic Evening

In cooperation with Scandic Hotel, we have a special hockey package for 349 SEK.
There are 2 available dates: Sept 27 and Oct 25.
In this package is included the following:
*A hamburger (vegetarian burger is available too) and fries.
*A drink of choice (beer, house wine, cider, alc free beer/cider or soft drink).
*Entrance ticket to the hockey game.
*Introduction to the hockey coaches during dinner where they discuss tactics of the game & team.
*Bus transportation from Scandic to hockey arena
*10% discount voucher from Scandic, A la carte restaurant to be used after the event for Expats and Friends paying members only.
Please go to the FB event for more information and sign-up. Thank you. 


When: Friday 21st – 18.30

Where: Nordanåteatern

Under Berättarfestivalen (The Story Telling Festival) – Expats & Friends Association – Skellefteå, Sweden (NBC & SBF) together with local storytellers and live music: Norra Glädjen, will have an ALL English storytelling performance with FREE entry! Welcome ALL!


Departure:  The Great Northern, Storgatan 53 Skellefteå. Gathering 12.30. Departure 13.00 OBS! TGN back entrance.
Return trip: Departure from Jörn to Boliden/Skellefteå at 20.00.
What to expect:
  • Coffee/tea at the gathering point, The Great Northern (TGN) – back entrance.
  • Round trip by bus Skellefteå-Jörn (1 stop in Boliden).
  • Tickets covered.
IMPORTANT things to consider:
Food can be purchased at the event or feel free to take some with you.
Event outdoors so bring clothes to keep you warm.
Please sign up in the FB event
EFA contact details:
Mobile: +46 76 777 83 66



When: September 30

Where: Västerbottens rum, Stadsbibliotek – SARA kulturhus
Time: start 17.30 till (?)(the last one leaves)

Do you love culture, good food and meeting people? Then you are more than welcome!

We plan to have a great cultural evening. Fransesca Quartey (former VD Västerbottensteatern) will take us thru the history of culture in Sweden. 

The plan is to see a performance, have something to eat & drink. Mingle and talk about the experience afterwards, and plan what we would like to do next. 

For more information go to the FB event and sign-up. Thanks. 

HOCKEY – Special Scandic Evening

In cooperation with Scandic Hotel, we have a special hockey package for 349 SEK.
There are 2 available dates: Sept 27 and Oct 25.
In this package is included the following:
*A hamburger (vegetarian burger is available too) and fries.
*A drink of choice (beer, house wine, cider, alc free beer/cider or soft drink).
*Entrance ticket to the hockey game.
*Introduction to the hockey coaches during dinner where they discuss tactics of the game & team.
*Bus transportation from Scandic to hockey arena
*10% discount voucher from Scandic, A la carte restaurant to be used after the event for Expats and Friends paying members only.
Please go to the FB event for more information and sign-up. Thank you. 


An event for all ages!

When: Saturday, September 17th
Location: The Great Northern (House Be)
This Saturday we had made plans for EFA Annual picnic at Vitberget. It looks like it will going to rain that is why we have to move the event at The Great Northern (House Be), Storgatan 53. We will meet in the lounge, mingle, have a potluck, play board games and even take a walk if good weather shows up.
Fika, cutlery, paper cups/plates, coffee/drinks for children will be available at no charge.
There are no possibilities to warm food.
The nearest parking place is the Pantern parking house and the one across the Citykompaniet.
OBS! Please write in the FB event thread if you are attending and how many persons!
Look forward to seeing you then!
Your EFA hosts, Ibrahim Kebire and Fransesca Quartey


When: September 8th, 16.30 to 17.30
Where: The Great Northern, Skellefteå
Are you creative in your work? Art, sculpture, jewellery, skateboard building…

Do you run a small business/ self-employed or do you aspire to turn a hobby into a business?
Now that EFA has a space at The Great Northern, we’d like to get some meet ups going. We’d like to create an event just for you creatives to exchange ideas, get inspired, or just to know that there are contacts out there who will support you in the future, our CREATIVE COMMUNITY
PS: Feel free to bring along examples if you can. And there will be Fika, of course!


Program 5 September
11: 30-14: 00

Open program 11:30 – 14:00 for you who are new as a student, maybe new in Skellefteå or just maybe completely green on what there is to do here in Skellefteå and on Campus. Welcome to calm your curiosity and have a nice time.

It is a mixed program with light lunch to the tunes of a band involved in Mullberget’s association. Here you get to meet nice people who are happy to tell you about things that will make your study time both easier and more enjoyable. We are located at Campusparken, indoors or outdoors depending on the weather and wind.  But you will find us. 

For more info click here


With (easy) access to nature and a large selling point of moving to the North of Sweden being focused on healthy work/life balance, EFA plans to organise and deliver a number of nature access events, representative of the relative seasons. 

These activities start this summer with the first event being ‘Stress Reduction and Nature’

This two hour workshop will provide clear and detailed guidance in a practical, engaging, fun filled form into easy but powerful ways to integrate positive, nature engagement into your daily and weekly lifestyle routines.

 The event is delivered on partnership with Hello Nature AB, who work with an interesting concept known as the 4’i’s in their activity delivery. That all events delivered should provide attends the opportunity to be:

Inspirerad (Inspired)
Informerad (Informed) 
Imponerad (Impressed) 
Investerade (Invested)

Additional activities and events will continue through the Autumn and into Winter.  The date and times will be posted on the FB page



Welcome on a little adventure outside the city center!
Date: Tuesday 5th July
Bus 225 leaves from Skellefteå bus station at 10:45 am arriving to Burträsk at 11:35 am or you can just drive there. The journey takes about 40 min.
At the bus station you will be met by Fransesca Quartey – EFA boardmember who lives just outside of Burträsk and who will be your local guide for the day.
1. A visit to the local summer market that opens the same day.
2. A visit to the local deli where they have many delicacies from the surrounding villages.
3. A visit to a local flea shop and the quaint Hat Museum.
4. Late lunch at The Edelvik Café and Garden
5. Historywalk to the outdoors local museum area.
6. Bus leaves back to Skellefteå at 4:15 pm arrives 5:05 pm
7. For those who wish to stay a little longer. Transport to Innansjön (where Fransesca lives) where the village community center has their popular Summer Waffle Evenings opening 6:00 pm. Outdoor seating overlooking The Göksjön Lake.
8. Transport back to bus leaving for Skellefteå either 7:10 pm arriving in town at 7:55 pm or bus after that leaving at 8:15 pm arriving in Skellefteå 9:05 pm.
Reservations are a must!
Check the FB page Post Feed for more information to contact the organizer. 


When: Saturday, 18th at 19.00
Where: Compete Sports Bar

Are you new in town, young professional, newly single or married forever and want to enjoy an evening out having a smooth red or a cold beer then this event is for you.
There is no one too old to have fun… So off the couch and come out to socialise!
Please answer in the FB event comments if you are coming by latest Tuesday, 14 so we can book the right no. of seats!
See you there in a good mood! 
6th of June: National Day – Nordanå

Lions Club Skellefteå will arrange as every year the national day at Nordanå in association with Skellefteå Kommun. 

Expats and Friends Association will partner up too and take part to the outdoor event starting with carnival from centrum/Torget to Nordanå, continuing with sales and donation later on of the money from a 10m sandwich with filling specific your country and not least performance of traditional songs and dances in folk costumes that shows your identity.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could volunteer to any of these activities:

1. Carnival (playing an instrument, show your traditional costume or contribute with something typical for such event).

2. Help us with the filling and sales of the sandwich (a small amount of your expense is reimbursed).

3. Join the day, sing and/or perform one of your traditional dances.

Please get back to us, PM on Messenger to Monica Gimerus or Cristina Lindberg Ghimpu and/or send an e-mail at:

Deadline, May 20th

Many many thanks in advance!!


Children’s Day!

Date: May 28th
Time: 13.00-15.00
Place: Studieförbundet Bilda Nord, Stationsgatan 15

This year, EFA and Studieförbundet Bilda Nord would like to do something special for/with children just before the International Children’s Day.

We would like to organise 1-2 hours workshop. With children’s help, we will do one big Expats and Friends Masterpiece and therefore we provide all the necessary material.Children of all ages are welcome! If one is too young then a parent/grandparent can help.

Fika available for children and grown ups.

Go into the FB event for more info and to register your participation.


Please join us for a guided tour in English at Sara Kulturhus/Sara Cultural House on Sunday May 15th at 11.30 AM.
Meeting point: Wood Hotel entrance/reception
Now it is your chance to have a look behind the scene.
The tour is 30-45 min and then we can stay for lunch at Paolo’s restaurant (same premises – own cost).
Tour guide: Marina Georgescu
Admission: Free. Limited places (15) – or FB event
MAY 8TH – Moving in day!
Did you relocate to Skellefteå in the last 2 years? Please feel welcome to join “Moving in Day”.
Are you interested to find out about the exciting things taking place in Skellefteå?
Many associations, organisations and companies will participate, with both activities and offers for you who have recently moved here. Skellefteå Kommun will tell you more about the activities and services that the municipality has for you.
The whole family is welcome and there will be a variety of activities such as pony trotting, art crafts, dance workshop and competitions.
In other words, there is something for both children and adults, plus the opportunity to meet people who have lived all their lives in Skellefteå as well as newcomers just like you.
When and where? Sunday, May 8th, 10.00-15.00 at Skellefteåtravet (Travbanan 1, 931 63 Skellefteå).
The entrance is free and you do not need to register in advance, but please bring the invitation as ticket.
There are plenty of parking spaces, and it is also possible to get there by bus, bike or walking.
For more information and a detailed program:
Note: If you did not receive an invitation by post please let us know!

Expats & Friends Association – Skellefteå, Sweden (EFA) will participate to the Morning Meeting at Scandic Hotel, May 6th at 7.00 am.

Topic: International competencies

With all the investments and establishments that take place in Skellefteå and the northern region, it will not be enough to recruit locally and nationally, we will need to turn to Europe and the rest of the world. How do we take advantage of international competence and how do we attract people to discover Skellefteå? We will address this hyper-current topic at the next morning meeting on May 6 at Scandic in Skellefteå.


Jens Pihlblad, Marketing Manager Minnovation

Sven Burman, content producer Visit Skellefteå

Jonas Lindgren, Head of the Talent Acquisition business area Gruvor Boliden

Rehana Lothian and Per Dinborn from Expats and Friends

For registration please click on the following link -Deadline May, 4th. You can also watch the streaming of the event online!


Expats and Friends Association and Exploratoriet Skellefteå invite you to a: “Spaceship workshop” – for both children and adults!

Saturday April 9th at 13.00. Please arrive 10 min in advance!

Offer: 2 tickets for 1, coffee/Festis

Registration: or write in the comments in the FB event.

Sara Stengård, our host and CEO Exploratoriet Skellefteå will welcome and present us the organisation as well as the current exposition “Spaceship workshop”.  
Ready for lift off?
During this workshop you get to create mini-space ships and satellites. Can your spaceship fly closest to the moon?

Thursday May 12th, 18:15-19:45
Studieförbundet Bilda, Stationsgatan 15

Free (limited places)! Please register: 
Christina Soldan, leader of the Liberals in Skellefteå, vice-president for Liberal Women in Västerbotten and high school teacher in Skellefteå. Christina was born and raised in Romania during the communist era and moved to Sweden 32 years ago.
Ellenor Lindgren is an actress, play writer and producer living in Skellefteå. She has been in the performing arts for twenty years and tours throughout the country. Ellenor will talk about her artistic choices, and the journey from idea to reality.



A musical collaboration – calling all international musicians!

Friday, 25th of March 2022 – 16.00

EFA and Mulberget collaborate on a meeting of musical minds / jam session.

Newly arrived musicians will meet local musicians and explore possibilities for new collaborations.

For more information please write to: (mark your email “Mullberget”)