Umeå is northern Sweden’s largest city with 120,000 inhabitants. Thanks to its university with 35,000 students, the entire city has a very youthful character. It is also a city that has a broad and exciting range of things to offer. In 2014, Umeå was European Capital of Culture.
The city has shopping precincts with malls, unique boutiques and restaurants. The new Väven House of Culture, situated between the city centre and the Umeälven River, is an entirely new city block where cultural expressions intertwine and Kulturtorget is home to cafés, bakeries and a market.
The waterfront promenade is bordered by parks and floating restaurants, which are packed with happy diners on summer evenings. Its many pleasant hotels and other forms of accommodation make the city a good base for exploring the entire area. Just outside the city there are places to bathe, recreation areas and historical sites.