The city of Umeå hosts first-rate research in the field of biotech/lifesciences. Photo: Umeå kommun

Invest & Establish

Umeå offers ample opportunities for companies wishing to invest in breakthrough technology or those searching for a dynamic region in which to establish a new branch.

  • Umeå is one of the fastest-growing cities in Sweden, having been awarded the ’Growth City of the Year’ designation in 2008.
  • The population boasts a very high level of education - more than half of 25- to 64-years-olds have some form of higher education. 
  • The infrastructure is constantly being improved.  
    - Three major airlines provide service from Umeå to Stockholm and other domestic and international destinations.
    - The new Botniabanan railway line provides high speed access to Stockholm. 
    - In conjunction with Botniabanan, the brand-new Nordic Logistic Centre will be completed to provide a hub for transport by sea, air, rail and truck. 
  • The low crime rate, even compared with other Swedish cities, makes it an ideal place to raise a family.
  • With its proximity to nature and mountains, and a vast offering of sports and cultural events, it is easy to combine work and spare-time activities.
  • Umeå has been selected as the European Capital of Culture for 2014.


Read more about why you should invest and establish in Umeå at VIA´s website.