The Municipality of Umeå – wants more!
European Capital of Culture 2014
Västerbotten’s largest city is growing! Since the 1970s, Umeå has had an annual growth rate of around 1,000 people/year. Umeå, located one hour’s flying time north of Stockholm, is one of Sweden’s youngest cities with an average age of 38. Umeå is home to Sweden’s fifth largest university, Umeå University, with around 36,000 students, as well as the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).
Enterprise is differentiated and innovative with high-tech IT companies and research-based bio and environmental technology industries. Umeå also has a world-leading engineering industry and a forest machine cluster. It is a natural transport and logistics hub for the whole of northern Scandinavia. A rich and innovative cultural life has led to Umeå being named the European Capital of Culture 2014. Umeå is characterised by a high level of education, readily available research and expertise, a young population with a large influx of people, strong growth, considerable social commitment and an open and inquisitive climate.
2 331,4 km2
|Suburbs/villages||Holmsund, Obbola, Sävar, Hörnefors|
|Universities||University of Umeå, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences|
53 %, Umeå has approx. 36 000 university students
|Number of companies (2012)||
|Infrastucture||Excellent. The logistic hub of northern Scandinavia|
|Airport||Yes, 6 min travel from city center|
|Roads & highways||E4 and E12|
|Railroad||Yes, the Botnia railway and the main railway|
|Broadband & IT||Well functioning, broadband access is one of the world’s best|
|Power and water supply||Well functioning|
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