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Umeå is the administrative center of Västerbotten County. The town has approx. 76,000 inhabitants and is situated approx. 15 km from the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia. Ume River passes the center, and at the end of it we find the small town Holmsund (approx. 8000 inviting Gere), who serves as Umeå port.
Umeå has in recent years invested heavily in arts and culture – and for that reason designated as European Capital of Culture in 2014. It held a number of major cultural events here, especially in music. The most important is the Umea Jazz Festival, Umeå folk music festival, Umeå Open, Punk Festival, the House of Metal Festival and the MADE (Music, Art, Dance – Etcetera).
Otherwise, there are several interesting museums in Umeå. The most famous is the Bild Museum (contemporary art), Svenska Skidmuseet, Västerbotten Museum and Umedalen sculpture (a sculpture park with permanent installations – but also shows changing exhibitions).
Umea Airport City Airport is located 4 km outside the city – and from Holmsund take a ferry to Vaasa in Finland.