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UMEÅ BY NUMBERS

With a year to go until the 50th birthday of the University of Umeå, it has made a huge impact on the town. Over 30% of the total population are either studying or teaching here. The Institute of Design alone has students from 29 different countries. The future is certainly bright

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Population: 117,294


Average age: 38


Number of households: 53,776

Umeå is about 600 km north of Stockholm and about 400 km south of the Arctic Circle.

12, 000 companies based in Umeå. Around 600 new businesses established every year.

The main campus of the Umeå University has over 33,000 students and 4,000 employees. Over 40 nationalities are represented among students and staff.

Almost a million passengers travel each year through Umeå Airport, Sweden’s seventh largest airport and just 4 kilometres from the city centre.

First Swede in space. Umeå University’s honorary doctor, Christer Fuglesang. He took a poster of Umeå University’s students and employees with him on his first space adventure.

Umeå timeline:

1962
Umeå airport opens

1965
Umeå University is inaugurated

1974
The Norrland Opera starts

1986
Folkets hus is inaugurated

1995
Population of Umeå passes 100,000

2005
Umeå is nominated Sweden’s quality municipality, Sweden’s best student city and Sweden’s City of art

2007
Umeå is nominated Sweden’s best city of ICT

2008
Umeå is nominated to Young People’s Municipality of the Year and Growth Municipality of the Year, City of economic growth in Sweden, The golden link and received United Nations Public Service Awards

2009
Umeå is designated European Capital of Culture 2014

2010
The Bothnia Line is inaugurated

2012
Eurostat reveals that Umeå is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe

2013
Kulturhuset Väven rapidly takes form in Umeå’s quayside area