Umea is the largest city of Norrland in Northern Sweden. With a population of 105,500, Umea is the seat of the Umea Municipality and also the capital of Vasterbotten County. Umea is a major
Situated on the inlet of the Gulf of Bothnia, Umea is positioned at the mouth of the Ume River which flows from the south of Vasterbotten. Located 600 Kilometers North of Stockholm and 400 Kilometers South of the Arctic Circle, Umea is often referred to as the regional center of northern Sweden. Umea has a distinct culture of its own and as made a mark on the Swedish culture on the whole.
The Opera culture of northern Sweden, the Norrlandsoperan, the world's northernmost opera house is based in the city. There are also a number of Museums in Umea and it also acts an active cultural center of Sweden with regular annual film festivals, jazz and chamber music festivals. With a cosmopolitan temperament Umea has over 100 different nationalities living together peacefully.
Thus Umea today stands as a center of cultural and educational excellence with major cultural activities and educational courses. Often considered to be the Cultural capital of Europe, Umea merges the best of all the cultures and is culturally active.