Norrlandsoperan is the world’s northernmost opera house, yet only an hour’s flight from Stockholm. It is one of the most modern in Europe, arranging more than 400 different events a year. Norrlandsoperan’s four stages offer concerts, operas, dance, theatre and festivals. The new opera house and concert hall opened in spring 2002.
Umeå is one of Sweden’s fastest growing cities and has two Universities – Umeå University is one of Sweden ́s largest bases of learning with hundreds of scientists, thousands of lecturers, and over 32 000 students and alumni. – SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) offers a broad spectrum of educational programmes. 5 000 undergraduates and 900 postgraduate students are enrolled at SLU. The average age of the 120 000 people who live in Umeå is 38. The city offers world-class art, drama, films, industries, music and research. Umeå aims to attract more companies, break new construction records and was the European Capital of Culture 2014.