Located in the middle of Norway at 66.19 degrees North, Mo i Rana has a rich industrial history, stretching back to 1850. Proudly referring to itself as “the green industrial capital of Norway”, Mo i Rana is the 3rd largest town in the North of Norway with an attractive and varied labor market. The municipality of Rana has 26 200 inhabitants
Rana Municipality stretches out over a vast geographical area, but more than 70% of its inhabitants live in the town of Mo i Rana. There is a mix of villas, blocks and apartments. Most gardens are quite generous in size, and gives the opportunity to grow one´s own vegetable, fruits and berries. New building projects are in planning, and there are also available land plots facing the mountains or the sea. The town has well-connected cycle and walking paths. For the people who prefer to live adjacent municipalities such as Nesna, Lurøy and Hemnes, Mo i Rana is also easily reachable by car or by bus. Most inhabitants also own countryside cottages for holidays and week-end escapes.
Mo i Rana is a hub for shopping in the Helgeland region and has a variety of restaurants, cafés, and shops. The two kilometer long main street stretches down to the fjord, and that is kept free of snow and ice in wintertime with surplus heat from the industry. Down to the fjord, you will find the old town with its historical colored houses and the famous Havmann (men from the sea), a sculpture made from Arctic granite by the English sculptor Antony Gormley in 1995
At Campus Helgeland, the municipality, county and university have established a joint library. The theatre of Nordland county is located in Mo i Rana, adjacent to the cinema.
Labour market in Mo i Rana
The largest hospital in Helgeland is situated here, with a broad range of health disciplines. The National Library of Norway´s department in Mo i Rana is internationally renowned for digitilisation of cultural heritage, collaborating with prestigious libraries world-wide. Mo i Rana has a flourishing IT environment; from Skatteetaten (the Norwegian Tax Administration), Statens innkrevingssentral (the Norwegian National Collection Agency), Evry, producing and monitoring fraud prevention for all credit cards in Northern Europe, to TAG Sensors, producing temperature sensors with tracking for the food industry world-wide.
The Mo Industrial Park is the leading industrial development zone in Northern Norway. 108 companies are located in the park, ranging from recycled steel products to fish farming and district heating from the surplus heat of the industrial processes. In total, around 2500 people work in the industry park, which is known for its ambitious goals related to sustainability and circular economy. Rana is rich in minerals, and another important employer is the mining company Rana Gruber.
The company Rana Utvikling is the municipality´s business development department, offering courses in business development, and support with funding applications for start-ups and established businesses. There is also a co-working space, Væxt, that is free to use for start-ups.
Education and kindergarten
Mo i Rana offers a wide range of choices within education and career development. It hosts the Nord University Campus for Helgeland and Polarsirkelen high school. The junior high school is located in the town centre in two buildings. The school has been modernized and offers different optional languages to study as Spanish, Russian, French and German. It is also possible to choose several other extra subjects in crafts, theatre, sports and more. In March 2021 the Science Center of Nordland opens in town.
Rana Municipality has invested about a billion NOK in primary schools and recreational areas. There are both private and public kindergardens in Rana, offering programs in art, music, sustainability, and outdoors.
Mo i Rana has a rich and vast range of leisure activities for all ages and interests. Many people here have an active outdoor lifestyle, and there are hiking, kayaking and cycling groups, in addition to fly-fishing courses, golf clubs, skijumping, ice-skating, a bowling club, martial arts and sports complexes for handball, gymnastics, football, badminton, ping pong, in addition to swimming facilities. Mo i Rana has an active motor sport environment, housing The Arctic Circle Raceway, the world´s Northern-most race circuit of its kind. Norwegians are keen skiers, and Mo i Rana has alpine and ski jumping facilities, and cross-country slopes within the city limits.
For more a more quiet and thoughtful leisure time you can seek out the chess club, bridge club, film club, choirs, museum, ceramic- or wood carving courses, yoga training, vocal practices or courses in mushroom picking. Mo i Rana also has a vibrant cultural scene, with music and theatre festivals, choir groups, dance studios and music schools.
Many claim that Helgeland has one of the world´s most spectacular coast lines. The nature is unique, breathtaking and varied, and you do not have to go far to enjoy it. There are hiking paths and parks, mountains, lakes, valleys, ocean and islands to explore in close vicinity to the city. Rana also offers good opportunities for hunting for grouse, moose and other game. The Helgeland coast is an attractive fishing destination, with trout and salmon in freshwater, but also cod, haddock, plaice, mackerel, salmon and more in the sea.
The railway station is located in the town center, with daily departures going both north and south. Bodø is three hours away by train, and the night train to Trondheim is a comfortable and affordable option. Close to the city centre, the airport has both national and international connections, and there are also plans to build a bigger airport in the coming years. One hour east of Mo i Rana, in Sweden (Hemavan), you also find an airport that has daily direct routes to Arlanda, Stockholm. The European road (E6) has been modernized, and the driving time to adjacent towns has been reduced. If you travel out to the Helgeland coast, there are several ferry routes connecting the coast line.
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