Umeå is a city of contrasts. From snowy winters to sunny summer days, from the coast and sea to the deep forests; from the vibrant city life to quiet auroral nights. More than 120,000 people live here, adding life and colour to the city.
Find your way
All roads may not lead to Umeå, but it's easy to get here anyway – by plane, train, bus or car. Umeå Airport is one of Sweden's busiest, and is so close downtown Umeå that you can actually go there by bicycle. If you want to choose something more climate friendly than air travel, you can catch a train – from Stockholm it's only a 6 hour trip. By car you hit the E4 or E12 and have the chance to discover other nice spots on your way to, and around, Umeå.
We're on our bicycles year round in Umeå. 180 km of bike paths lead the way.
In Umeå you're never really far from anything. Walking distance to most things - entertainment, leisure, culture, nature and studies - makes it easy to take part of what the city has to offer. But the typical thing to do in Umeå is not to walk, but to bike, always and everywhere, summer and winter. 180 km of paved bicycle paths will guide you right.
City of culture
In Umeå, cultural workers and artists has gathered since the 1970s, and when such people come together – then stuff happens. Here you find three big museums, a sculpture park, an opera and a professional symphony orchestra - but also the cultural association Bumblebee, the music festival Umeå Open, several smaller theatres and an international literary festival, among many other events. As proof of the city's vibrant cultural scene, Umeå was named European Capital of Culture 2014.
A growing city
When Umeå University was inaugurated in 1965 the city had only 40 000 residents. Today, 50 years later, more than 120 000 people live here. The university is pushing the development, and thanks to our students, Umeå is a young and energetic city. The city's youth and growth is evident in several ways, including in entrepreneurship and new businesses. Here you find several innovative ventures within medicine, biotechnology, IT, environment and energy.
Average age: 38 years Average temperature from January to February: -8,5˚C Average termperature from June to August: +14,0˚C Number of companies: 12,000 Number of birch trees: 3,000 Number of students: 31,500 Number of vegans: 17,678 Exercise trails: 160 km Pedestrian and cycle paths: 255 km Number of years the author and honorary citizen Stieg Larsson lived in the city: 12