Västerbotten Investment Agency

Grow your business VIA Västerbotten!

Invest in Västerbotten

Västerbotten is a productive region with strong and diverse business sectors. It is at the forefront of R&D, has abundant natural recourses and is an attractive location as a gateway to Northern Scandinavia and the Barents region.

Companies locating here benefit from a strong entrepreneurial tradition, competitive costs for personnel, operations and facilities, an excellent infrastructure and a reliable, well-educated work force. The region offers readily available land and premises at affordable costs.

VIA and Västerbotten’s municipalities welcome new investments and are ready to help you in a multitude of ways, including assisting with all necessary permits and finding the right premises and manpower. Companies establishing businesses in Västerbotten may also apply for financial and employment incentives from the government.

We are looking forward to working with you and addressing your specific goals and questions.

Some of our strengths:

The best growth in Sweden

Västerbotten has experienced one of the highest GDP growth-rate of all Swedish provinces for the last six years, with an increase of 48% compared to the national average of 40%. A strong industrial culture, based on forestry, mining and pulp and paper, is making way for new high-tech industries, creative companies and a high-productivity manufacturing and processing sector. Since the region hosts most of Sweden’s energy resources, there is also an active development of eco-friendly power and heating solutions. Västerbotten has a collaborative spirit with many established networks and consortiums, business incubators and cross border research and development.

Universities with world leading R&D

The region has three universities, Umeå University, including the world known Umeå Institute of Design, Luleå University of Technology and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The universities all offer inspiring environments for students, researches and scientists, whom are world leaders in many fields. The region’s universities are constantly evolving and improving through regional, national and international cooperation with trade and industry, research institutes and authorities.

Excellent infrastructure and communications

The region’s well-developed infrastructure with seven airports, deep sea ports, railroad communications, trucking service and an excellent road network with three European highways make it easy to travel and carry freight. Västerbotten also has a world-renowned development of both mobile and fiber-based broadband, and an extensive GSM and 3G network coverage. For example, Umeå has the fastest broadband connection in Europe.

A quality of life

In Västerbotten, life is family-friendly with very high standard of living at an affordable level, whether you choose the city life or the countryside calm. There are sunny summers and snowy winters. Beautiful and unexploited nature and wildlife are just around the corner, and the opportunities for sports, entertainment, outdoor activities and culture are endless. Västerbotten has the lowest crime rate in the country. Streets are safe, and people are honest and helpful.

More Västerbotten advantages:

  • Low corporate taxes
  • Lowest electricity prices in Sweden
  • Energy tax in the province is only 66% of the normal Swedish rate
  • Green and energy-saving solutions for a dependable power supply
  • Gateway to Northern Scandinavia and the Barents region
  • Access to world-class R&D
  • Highly educated and skilled work force
  • Low labour costs
  • Low absence due to illness
  • Most citizens speak fluent English
  • Advanced users of new technology
  • Highly sophisticated health care
  • Good schools
  • Snowy winters and sunny summers
  • Low living costs

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