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Västerbotten County, Västerbottens län, in Norrland in Sweden consists of the coastal province Västerbotten and southern Lappland.

MunicipalitiesEdit

Map of Västerbotten County

 
Västerbotten County.

VästerbottenEdit

  • 1 Umeå is the county seat and the largest city.
  • 2 Vännäs  
  • 3 Bjurholm  
  • 4 Nordmaling  
  • 5 Robertsfors  
  • 6 Vindeln  
  • 7 Skellefteå is the county's second city, known for its ice hockey team and its mining industry.
  • 8 Byske  
  • 9 Norsjö  

Southern LapplandEdit

  • 10 Åsele   (Southern Sámi: Sjeltie), historically administrative centre, huge annual market.
  • 11 Lycksele (Southern Sámi: Liksjovvene/Liksjoene, Ume Sámi: Lïkssjuo), the first and still largest inland town.
  • 12 Malå   (Ume Sámi: Máláge, South Sámi: Maalege)
  • 13 Dorotea   (South Sámi: Kraapohke)
  • 14 Vilhelmina   (South Sámi: Vualtjere)
  • 15 Storuman (South Sámi: Luspie, Ume Sámi: Lusspie)
  • 16 Sorsele  (Ume Sámi: Suarssá, South Sámi: Suarsa)

Other destinationsEdit

  • 1 Hemavan, a secluded ski resort by the largest nature reserve in Sweden, with botanic garden of alpine plants; trailhead to the famous Kungsleden hiking trail
  • 2 Tärnaby  , a ski resort which has fostered several ski champions

UnderstandEdit

While the coastal Västerbotten province has culturally been part of Sweden since the Middle Ages, Lappland is a traditional homeland of the Sami people. Many settlers from middle Sweden arrived during the early 20th century. Its population is decreasing, except for that of the bustling city of Umeå.

TalkEdit

While Sámi language and bondska (archaic Swedish dialects) are spoken by some, everybody speaks Swedish.

Get inEdit

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By planeEdit

Airports are

By trainEdit

SJ has trains from Stockholm to Umeå.

By carEdit

  • From Stockholm or Malmö to Umeå/Skellefteå: road E4.
  • From Stockholm or Malmö to Vilhelmina/Storuman/Tärnaby: road E4 to Sundsvall, then road 331.

Get aroundEdit

By busEdit

SeeEdit

The county will be of interest primarily to nature lovers, and hikers will here find quite some wilderness. But the mines of Kiruna or the ice hotel are other points of interest.

DoEdit

City-life is primarily found in Umeå. This sparsely populated region is great for outdoor life; especially hiking along Kungsleden, and winter sport (see winter in the Nordic countries).

EatEdit

See also: Nordic cuisine

Västerbottensost is a local cheese made in Burträsk near Skellefteå.

While Umeå has a lively community of vegans and vegetarians, fishing and hunting are pastimes in the countryside.

DrinkEdit

Nightlife can mainly be found in Umeå, and at the ski resorts.

Stay safeEdit

See cold weather. Bears roam the region.

Go nextEdit

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