Borås has a population of around 100,000. Western Sweden's main international airport is within easy access of Borås and there are many train and bus connections linking Borås with destinations all over Sweden and Europe.
Borås is sometimes referred to as the textile capital of Sweden. The city became the centre for Sweden’s textile industry several hundred years ago. These days, however, most manufacturing has moved abroad, but Borås remains the centre for textile design in Sweden. Many of Sweden’s leading fashion and textile companies are based in and around Borås and the Swedish School of Textiles leads the way in textile research and education.
In recent years, Borås has also earned a reputation as the sculpture capital of Sweden. There are sculptures by renowned Swedish and international artists placed all over the city. The largest attraction, literally, is the nine metre tall sculpture of Pinocchio by American artist Jim Dine.
The city centre is vibrant with plenty of shops, cafés and restaurants. Everything you need is within walking distance. Borås is a multicultural city with a large immigrant community. This is particularly evident in the number of restaurants serving food from other parts of the world.
Those who are interested in sports can find a lot to offer in Borås. The area around ‘Knalleland’ has numerous athletic facilities including the Borås Arena, built in 2005. The arena is home of the football club Elfsborg, champions of the top Swedish league 2012. Is also a venue for concerts and other events.
If you prefer the countryside, you’re in luck. A short bus or cycle ride from the city centre you will find forests, lakes and large areas of farmland.
In short, it can be said that Borås offers the best of both worlds and its proximity to one of the largest cities in Scandinavia makes it an ideal place to live and study.