Where the town is situated
Kvicksund is mainly situated in two different areas, one on the southern shore and one on the northern. The northern is confined to the island of Nyckelön while the southern part is on the mainland.
Kvicksund is located in between Eskilstuna and Västerås. We have “Mälaren” that is a lake, which is going all the way to Stockholm, Kvicksund is about one hour and a half from Stockholm.
Kvicksund is a provincial, county and municipal border town,
mainly located in Västerås Municipality in Västmanland. A narrow, 50-100 meters wide part of Lake Mälaren divides the society into two parts.
It’s very expensive to live here in Kvicksund, it’s so expensive because of its position with the lake. It’s pretty easy to travel to Kvicksund by boat, if you are connected with the lake Mälaren. Kvicksund is located 16,5 kilometers from Eskilstuna and it takes 17 minutes by car.
Local and international transport
Here in Sweden you can go from one place to another with bus, flight, ferry and train. From Kvicksund to Eskilstuna it’s 18.2 km and from Kvicksund to Västerås it’s 28.8 km. You can also go by ferry but only from special places. There are many possibilities to travel from Kvicksund to other cities. Actually, here in Kvicksund we have been traveling to other places for centuries.
In Kvicksund we have a train station but it isn’t very big, this makes it possible to get to nearby cities like Eskilstuna and Västerås. You can also go further to bigger cities like Stockholm and Göteborg. If you want to go even further to like Oslo you will have to take the train to Katrineholm, for example, then switch train there, and take the train to Oslo.
With flight from Västerås you can travel to both southern and northern Spain. You can also travel to London and Turkey. Nearest airport is in Västerås. Nearest big Airport is in Arlanda, 40 km outside Stockholm. From Arlanda airport you can travel to all over the world.
Bus: To go by bus can also contain flight buses. So for example, let’s say that you’re from Italy. You land on Arlanda airport, and then you can take a flight bus to, for example, Västerås. So a flight bus is a great option if you want to get from an airport which isn’t far away from your destination. With Länstrafikens buses, you can go as far as to Nyköping. If you go to Nyköping by car it takes for about an hour, and it’s about 80 km from Kvicksund.
With ferry you can travel to Finland, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Latvia and more. You can travel with many different companies for example Viking line, Birka, Silja line and Stena line. Many ferries have rooms that you can rent and a good breakfast to make your time at the ferry more comfortable and nice.
Population- People and their needs
In Eskilstuna there live about 100 000 people. About 2000 people of those live in the village known as Kvicksund.
Eskilstuna has been an industrial city for a long time, but now the industries are getting less important in Sweden. For that reason Eskilstuna has started many colleges.
Many people in Eskilstuna often work in Stockholm or Västerås, but they still live in Eskilstuna, because of the high prices on flats and houses in Stockholm and Västerås.
We also have a great transportation system, we have a train central where you can travel to many places and we also got a very good bus system on which many people choose to go by, instead of a car.
The people who live in Eskilstuna are mostly families with children and young grown ups.
In Kvicksund there are mostly families with children. There are quite many old people as well.
Eskilstuna has a lot of schools, we have around 26 primary schools and around 6 high schools. One of those primary schools is situated in Kvicksund.
The structure of employment and the scale of unemployment
We checked the structure of employment and the scale of unemployment in Kvicksund and Eskilstuna. Our school is in Kvicksund and the population in the village is around 2000 people, the nearest big city is Eskilstuna and the population there is around 100 000 citizen.
In Kvicksund we don’t have many big companies and that makes the unemployment bigger and commuters more. Almost every employee that lives in Kvicksund have a workplace in bigger cities like Stockholm and Eskilstuna and that’s because our village is small and it is hard to develop business. Our biggest and most known companies in Kvicksund is AB Betong, ICA nära bron, Båtsam and industrial cleaning AB. Our school Tegelviken is a workplace that have many employments,many people commutes to this school from other cities that’s near.The school is a part of the municipality so the people that work here are employees of the municipality. All these companies have an influence on how many employments we have in Kvicksund. It`s around 174 people that works in Kvicksund and 90% of them is men, and that makes a difference between men and women income. It`s 100 000 SEK income difference between the two genders. In Eskilstuna the companies are bigger and easier to develop,Thats makes a difference between employees and unemployees more obvious.It`s 36000 people that works in Eskilstuna and 46000 that is occupied,some of the employees are from other cities that commute to Eskilstuna.The open unemployment in Eskilstuna is 5,5 procent between 18 and 24 years old. Some of the biggest companies are Volvo CE, Eskilstuna municipality and Assa Abloy.These companies are easier to develop and they are important for us and Eskilstuna
Parken zoo is our only zoo in Eskilstuna. But it’s not only a zoo, it’s a camping and an amusement park too.
In the park there is a funfair, where you can have fun with your family or friends.
After the funfair you can go to the zoo and look at many different animals.
For example tigers, lions, snakes and pigs.
Sundbyholms castle, is about six miles north of Eskilstuna.
In the summer many people visit Sundbyholm, with boat and other transports,
to visit the guest harbor, that many years in a row has been selected as the best harbour in Sweden.
They also have an outdoor bath, with a sandy beach, where many people spend their time on their holidays.
You can also eat at the dining area, or buy an ice cream during the day.
But it’s probably the castle that attracts most people and tourists.
They have a restaurant in the castle, and if you want, you can stay over night and visit other events.
For example, the famous television program, Farmer looking for a wife, where they meet at the castle, and speed-date.
Even the high-school proms, and many weddings and concerts take place there.
Local sporting, leisure, culture facilities
In Kvicksund you can attend different sport activities. We have a Football club, called KSK, Kvicksunds sports club, where they have many different teams, in many different ages. The club was started in 1930. We also have Sundbyviks-golf, which is a golf club next to the football club. It’s a pay and play course, which means that anyone can play here. If you need to work on your body you can go to our gym, which is open almost 24 hours. And since we are in the countryside we also have a riding center if you like horses.
Eskilstuna Art Museum is located in an old industrial building.
In the museum, you can find collections from the 1600s and paintings until today.
The muséum was opened in 2006, so it is pretty new. At the museum you can find temporary exhibition, educational workshops, art library, a shop and a restaurant. You can find art from Sweden, and other Nordic countries.
In Eskilstuna we have a very old area called Rademachersmedjorna which dates back to the 1650s. Here you have an area with old houses where the blacksmiths used to work. Nowadays there are small shops and a restaurant in the houses. Several times a year, there is a market, for example a Christmas market.
Shopping facilities and services
Facilities:Here in Kvicksund we have one grocery store that is called ICA. ICA is pretty small if you compare it with ICA Maxi in Eskilstuna but it is our nearest grocery store.
Navet is behind ICA bron and next to the Gym and Azitas. Navet is a very little store with clothes and smaller stuff like soaps. It’s very cosy and it’s especially known for the beanies and T-shirts with the print “Kvicksund”.
Tuna Park is our nearest shopping mall in Eskilstuna, where we can buy everything from clothes to car parts. You can also have a day out and grab a lunch there. Tuna Park is surrounded by many different stores like Plantagen, where you can buy things to your garden like flowers, trees, tools and dirt.
Services: In Kvicksund there are two hairstylists, but they are on different sides of the bridge. Azitas and Salong Tilde. At least on Salong Tilde you can both colour and cut your hair and make your lashes longer, colour your eyebrows, put in hair extensions, fix highlights, make your eyebrows more even.
On Ica you can come and collect packages that you have ordered. You can also leave a letter in the mail box. Papa Jun is a restaurant next to ICA bron, most known for the pizza. But they have thai food as well. We also have a street food restaurant, Grillen, which is kind of popular around the teenagers because of their good kebab.
Local offices and institutions supporting small business
In Kvicksund there is no one that will support you, when starting an company.If you need support with your company you have to go to the great facilities in Eskilstuna. The facilities in Eskilstuna have many employees, so if you have any questions you need an answer on, you can either asking on the web or by dropping a letter in their mailbox. One of all those facilities are called Munktell Science Park.They specialise in making ideas become great companies in an fast and effective manner. They have inspiring rooms and staff with different skills.They also have great support and they can make the company complete.
There is another place in Eskilstuna that is called NyföretagarCentrum, a center for new companies. Here you can get advise and also a mentor who will help you in the process. In this place you can also listen to seminars to get help and to be inspired by others. This is all free of charge, which is very good. NyföretagarCentrum have courses in how to run a company, for example you can take a course in accounting.
In highschool we have something called young enterprise, where students are connected with a company for a whole year to learn what is like to have a business.Another place you can visit if you want to start a company is idélab. This is a place where you can share ideas and develop new ideas.
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