Information about Umeå

Umeå is situated on the inlet of the Baltic sea at the mouth of the Ume river, about 600 km north of Stockholm and about 400 km south of the Arctic Circle. With its more than 130 000 inhabitants it is the largest city of Norrland and currently one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden. Umeå is also known as the City of Birches with its large population of just birches. 

Umeå hosts two Universities (Umeå University and one of the three branches of the Swedish Agricultural University) and a University hospital; the around 40,000 enrolled students correspond to around 30% of the total population. 

Umeå University (Swedish: Umeå universitet; Ume Sami: Ubmeje universitiähta) was founded in 1965 and is the fifth oldest within Sweden's present borders. Internationally, the university is known for its highly ranked Institute of (industrial) Design, but also for its tree research. Emanuelle Charpentier and co-workers developed CRISPR gene editing at Umeå University, which was awarded with the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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