Kulturväven is a cultural centre 2014 European Capital of Culture Opening Ceremony Rex / Umeå Courthouse Inside Umeå School of Architecture Rådhusesplanaden Culture on Campus - Music in Lindell Hall

Northern Sweden's Largest City and Cultural Centre

Umeå is the largest urban community in Northern Sweden with over 121,000 inhabitants. It offers an abundance of shopping, first-class restaurants, excellent hotels, a rich cultural life and packed events calendar of a major city.

Where else can you spend summer days lazing on one of the many beaches that lie along the region's 150 kilometres of coastline? Where else can spend your winter days snowboarding or ice skating at one of the many recreational areas close to the city?

Whether you prefer hiking in rugged, unspoilt countryside where reindeer and elk still roam freely, or feel more at home in the centre of one of Sweden's fastest growing cities with its fashionable shops and great places to eat and drink, Umeå will challenge you with its endless possibilities.

As the major hub and university city of northern Sweden, Umeå is a place where different worlds meet. Over half of the people who live here are from outside the region. More than 50 languages are spoken - with English widely used everywhere - and there is a thriving community of clubs and societies that represent people and cultures from across the globe.

In addition, Umeå was proud to be the European Capital of Culture for 2014. Umeå is the most northerly Capital of Culture ever, and the city treated audiences and visitors from all around Europe and the world to a memorable and innovative year.

Therefore, if you are trying to decide between a place to study or do research where you can enjoy the great outdoors or a place where you can experience city life, then relax. Come to Umeå and you can have both!