Progressive Umeå: Umeå wants MORE

Umeå is one of the fastest-growing places in Sweden. Industry is running at full speed, and its two universities have more students than ever before (around 37,000). Umeå has been designated European Capital of Culture 2014, and the city is seeing a real building boom. The Bothnia Rail Line has been completed, Umeå Arts Campus – which will put Umeå on the world map as a creative centre – has just been opened, and the new Kulturväven Cultural Centre is under construction. New residential areas and several new hotels are also being built, and more commercial space is planned. All this is fantastic, of course. But it doesn’t come about by itself. That’s why we’re not sitting back and feeling satisfied. We want more, and we are continuing to work hard to further strengthen Umeå’s position as an attractive place in northern Europe.

More about progressive Umeå in Umeå University’s magazine Think.