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Travel Warning WARNING: There are ongoing fire bans (eldningsförbud) in 11 of 14 municipalities in Västerbotten County since 27 July 2019. It is prohibited to light an open fire and to use barbeque grills in the wild and in areas where sparks cannot be contained. It is recommended not to smoke, leave glas and park your vehicle in the wild and on grass terrain.

Norrbotten County, Norrbottens län, is the northernmost part of Norrland, Sweden.

Bordering to Norway and Finland it covers 100 000 square kilometres (nearly a quarter of Sweden's total area and larger than countries such as Hungary and Portugal), from the tall mountains in the west, to the coast and archipelagoes in the east. It includes the province of Norrbotten and the northern part of the province of Lappland. Much of Norrbotten Country is within the Arctic Circle, meaning that Midnight Sun and Arctic Night occur.

The county has a mere 250,000 inhabitants (2.5% of the national population), most of them in Luleå, Piteå, Boden, and Kiruna.

A freight train at Torne Träsk, a lake in the very north of Sweden.


Map of Norrbotten County
Municipalities of Norrbotten County

Norrbotten properEdit


Tornedalen, the valley of Torne River, is home to a Finno-Ugric community with Meänkieli as their mother tongue.

Northern LapplandEdit

Other destinationsEdit


Lappland is the homeland of the Sami culture since the Ice Age. While Swedish settlers arrived to the coast in the 14th century, and Sweden claimed the land in the 16th century, the communities remained isolated, speaking either Sami, Meänkieli, or bondska, a Nordic dialect group very different from standard Swedish.

The demand for iron and wood induced a wave of colonization in the late 19th century with enormous investment in railways, mines and hydroelectric plants, which are today indispensable to the Swedish economy. In the late 20th century, the industries were automated, and the countryside was again depopulated, though tourism and space science have emerged as new businesses.

Seasonal variations of temperature and daylight are dramatic, and the Midnight Sun can be seen in much of the country. See winter in the Nordic countries.


Though Swedish is the everyday language, and English is well understood, the northern edge of Sweden is linguistically diverse. The Sami languages, as well as the Meänkieli at the Torne river, are Finno-Ugric; similar to the Finnish language, the latter mutually intelligible. Some of the most archaic Swedish dialects, collectively described as bondska, have survived in towns such as Överkalix.

Get inEdit

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By planeEdit

Domestic airports are located at Arvidsjaur, Luleå, Gällivare, Kiruna, and Pajala. Most planes arrive from Stockholm-Arlanda airport (ARN IATA).

By trainEdit

By carEdit

  • From south Sweden to Kiruna or Gällivare: E4 and E10. For Pajala use road 392.
  • From south Sweden to Arvidsjaur: E4 until Skellefteå and then road 95.

Get aroundEdit

By planeEdit

  • There are flights Luleå-Kiruna and Luleå-Pajala.

By trainEdit

  • SJ has trains Luleå-Gällivare-Kiruna. This Malmbanan rail line carries iron ore from the mines in Kiruna and Gällivare to the ports of Narvik and Luleå, and is regarded to be Sweden's most scenic railway.

By busEdit


Arctic Sweden contains enormous areas of pristine nature. The Northern Lights can be seen during favourable conditions.


Riksgränsen ski resort

As Sweden's northernmost county, with the tallest mountains, winter sport and hiking is popular.

Riksgränsen is Sweden's northernmost ski resort, with snow well into June.



See also: Nordic cuisine


Nightlife is limited to the cities and the resorts.

Stay safeEdit

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