Project Kaxås is an initiative that invests in young families who want to change their lifestyle and move to a scenic rural environment. The starting point for the project was to break the trend towards centralisation and save the rural school in Kaxås. To do this, it was necessary to encourage the migration of young families to Kaxås.
Kaxås is located in the inland part of Norrland, midway between Åre and Östersund. The project started in 2019 and has so far yielded over 160 new residents in a village that previously had just under 100 inhabitants. The school’s enrolment has jumped from 32 to 54 children, and the preschool is completely full, which means that the municipality has now decided to build a new and larger preschool.
The project has shown that it is possible to break the trend of depopulation. The younger generation is interested in living in natural surroundings and smaller places, if only the conditions to do so are created. More than 30 new houses with expansive views of the countryside are being built in Ekobyn Ladriket. And 17 existing houses and farms have found new owners via the project.