Västerbotten is the second largest province in the country and covers more than one eighth of the total area of Sweden. The natural resources are some of the province’s largest assets. A journey through Västerbotten takes you from the flat country by the northern part of the Gulf of Bothnia, through the vast coniferous forests and mires in the inland to the magnificent mountains in the west.
The region’s well-developed infrastructure with seven airports, deep sea ports, railroad communications, trucking service and an excellent road network with three European highways make it easy to travel and carry freight. Västerbotten also has a world-renowned development of both mobile and fiber-based broadband, and an extensive GSM, 3G and 4G network coverage.
Higher education is an important factor for development. Broad research, comprising all disciplines, is carried out at the university in Umeå. The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is also situated in Umeå. Luleå University of Technology and Umeå University have decentralised branches for education and research in Skellefteå.
Västerbotten is strategically situated in northern Europe. The province is a gateway to the Barents region and the Baltic region and has a central position in relation to north-eastern Russia and Helgeland in Norway. Västerbotten participates in regional co-operation programmes for the development of our adjacent regions, for example Kvarken and Mittskandia, the Barents Euro Artic Co-operation, the Baltic Co-operation and the Northern Dimension.