Umeå – European Capital of Culture 2014

Now that you know how to pronounce the name of the city you may want to know where it is.

Umeå is roughly 600 km north of Stockholm and sits on an inlet of the Gulf of Bothnia that separates Sweden and Finland. Travelling this far north in the summer months you are likely to see the midnight sun and Sweden’s north is bathed in almost constant daylight at this time of year.

  • Umeå – European Capital of Culture 2014

Umeå – European Capital of Culture 2014

Which is good news for you as you won’t need much shuteye as you’ll be cramming in as much of the Capital of Culture programme  as you can. If you’re coming in wintertime and you can drag yourself away from whichever culture-vulture activity you’re experiencing, you’ll get to see the Northern lights, the best light show in the world.

Just a note on what to wear; if you’re coming in summer bring the shorts and sandals, if you’re coming in winter, bring the thermals.

As well as being European Capital of Culture in 2014, Umeå can also claim to be the northernmost capital of culture, located as it is in northern Sweden, a place of extreme natural beauty and rugged wilderness (and culture, of course).

It goes without saying that the city of Umeå in northern Sweden is going to be one giant culture-fest for the whole of 2014.

The capital of culture programme is based around the eight Sami seasons.



A part of the official gateway to Sweden