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Quick facts about Umeå University

  • Umeå University was founded in 1965 and is the fifth oldest university in Sweden.
  • Umeå University has 31,500 registered students taught and aided by over 4,300 teachers and supporting staff.
  • Campus Umeå is the size of 28 football pitches and is located within walking distance of downtown Umeå.
  • Umeå University receives more than 750 exchange students from over 30 countries every year.
  • Over 40 nationalities are represented among students and staff.
  • The University Library has over 740,000 physical visitors and nearly 1.7 million web visitors per year. There are 1.5 million books and 27,000 periodicals (including electronic) available in 35,000 shelf metres.
  • Culture on Campus arranges free cultural events open to everyone at Umeå University.
  • The Universum building in the centre of campus includes InfoCenter, restaurants, pubs, and the Aula Nordica concert hall which has a seating capacity of 1,000.
  • The world’s largest brännboll (similar to rounders) tournament is played in Umeå every May.
  • IKSU Sport, one of Europe’s largest exercise facilities, has approximately 23,000 visitors per week and offers a wide selection of activities.
  • Umeå is the largest city in northern Sweden and its 119,300 inhabitants have a medium age of 38.
  • Umeå is known as the “City of Birches”. In 1888, a large fire destroyed much of the city, so birch trees were planted to protect against the spreading of future fires.
  • Most of Umeå’s inhabitants were not born in this city and together they speak approximately 52 languages.
  • Umeå is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Sweden.
  • Umeå has over 180 kilometres of bicycle tracks, making bicycle the transportation of choice for most students, faculty and staff.
  • Umeå is situated in the county with the lowest crime rate in Sweden.