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


Map of Västerbotten County

Västerbotten County.



Southern Lappland

  • 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 destinations

  • 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



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.



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

Get in


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By plane


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By train


SJ has trains from Stockholm to Umeå.

By bus


By boat


Wasa Line runs ferries between Umeå and Vaasa, Finland across the Gulf of Bothnia.

By car

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

Get around


By bus


By taxi

  • Smartphone apps: Uber

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.

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).

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.



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

Stay safe


See cold weather. Bears roam the region.

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