Västerbottens län

Last updated: 29 10 2018

Welcome to Västerbotten, the county that extends from the flat and rocky Bottenvik coast through the agricultural landscape, river valleys and deep forests amidst the county up to the mountain range at the Norwegian border. Västerbotten is the second biggest county in Sweden. The county has 15 municipalities: Bjurholm, Dorotea, Lycksele, Nordmaling, Malå, Norsjö, Robertsfors, Skellefteå, Sorsele, Storuman, Umeå, Vilhelmina, Vindeln, Vännäs and Åsele. About 263,000 residents live here. The Bjurholm municipality is a Swedish municipality with least number of residents, and Umeå is a residence city.

Municipalities in Västerbottens län

Choose the municipality in Västerbottens län that you want to read more about below.

Housing situation

There are clear differences within the county with respect to housing. Some municipalities have a housing surplus whereas other municipalities have a scarcity of housing both within and outside the regional centre. With an aging population, there is also a need to adapt the accommodation. In Umeå, the population is increasing and it is difficult to get accommodation since the demand is more than the supply. At the same time, Umeå aims to increase the number of residents; hence, a lot of construction is in progress.

Business and employers

Västerbotten houses several different types of companies. Municipalities and the county council are the biggest employers with projects in healthcare, provision and communications. Umeå University, Volvo Trucks and Boliden Mineral are other big employers.

Schools and education

There are two universities in Västerbotten. The Umeå University is undefeatedly the biggest with 37,000 students and education in most sectors. Umeå also has Sweden's Agricultural University (SLU) as well as university colleges of design, architecture, business, sports and arts. It is possible to educate onself in wood and technology; fields that belong to the Luleå Technical University.

Medical care

There are three hospitals in Västerbotten: Norrlands University hospital which is located in Umeå, Lycksele hospital and Skellefteå hospital. There are different clinics, departments and businesses within the hospital. The county has 32 health centres. Each municipality has at least one health centre. Most of them are run by the County Council but some are also run by private healthcare providers.

Culture and leisure

Västerbotten is rich in culture and there are great opportunities for active leisure. There are interesting natural and cultural environments and famous attractions. The Västerbotten county also houses several natural reserves. Here is Europe's biggest nature reserve Vindelfjällen and here you will find the national river Vindelälven. Västerbotten also has many sports associations which enable people of all ages to participate in sports or keep fit. The county also houses theaters and museums and each municipality has much frequented libraries.

Associations and organisations – civil society

The new Swedes and their integration in society today is an important part of the county administrative board's and the municipalities' responsibilities. Immigration is the engine of the county's population growth. Along with the idea-rich organisations, businesses, municipalities and county council, the county administrative board works toward receiving the newly arrived in a dignified, legal and humane manner.