Umeå is located some 600 km north of Stockholm. It is the largest Swedish City north of Uppsala, and sometimes referred to as the regional centre of Norrland. Umeå University, with has about 25,000 students is located there, as is a large hospital serving the region.
Since the establishnment of th university in the mid 1960s Umeå has grown from about 50,000 inhabitants to today's 100,000. The expansion continues and it has made Umeå a modern, somewhat intellectual town in contrast to the more industrialised ones surrounding it.
See also: Battle of Ratan and Sävar