Two men, rafting timber on the Umeå river.

Rafting timber on Umeälven. A common sight in Umeå up until the 1970's.

The story of Umeå

The story about Umeå belongs to everyone. It belongs to those who have lived here for generations, as well as to new arrivals. It is the story about how people once stopped here, settled down and started building their lives. The story about how you farmed, how new generations came to be, and how new families were built. About the building of a community and how more and more people wanted to be part of the place where we live.

It is the story about how people get engaged in building communities, start collaborations, cultivate hobbies and get educated. How music, arts and literature form our lives. How entrepreneurs create businesses and how authorities get established in a growing city. How competence and education give us the possibility and the tools to take on challeges facing our community.

Some of the stories that Umeå municipality especially want to tell you about during 2022 are those about the river landscape, which has had a huge importance both historically and for the future of Umeå. We want to look forward, to describe new technology, innovations and new knowledge. Circular economy and sustainability are other important questions for the future that we sant to address.

Contribute to the story

The story about Umeå can deal with anything from an ordinary day to a historical battle, a fire, fires and hardships, as well as happiness, love, community, development and hopes for the future.

Now, as Umeå turns 400 years old, we want to hear your own stories about Umeå. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

The story about Umeå

Throgout 2022 Umeå municipality wants to collect and share stories about the history of Umeå - about all the things that helped shape the city into what it is today. Organisations, sports, culture, religion, politics, businesses, education and authorities. Citizens and events are of course also important, as well as the importance of the river landscape.

A current event

Are you planning an event that can contribute to the Umeå image? Share it in the free event calendar Allt om Västerbotten External link, opens in new window. to get the word out, and tag it with the Umeå400-category.

To make sure you get noticed, it is always a good idea to prepare a few images, a film clip or some well written sentences about the project.

A greeting to the future

According to EU, Northern Sweden is a region where citizens have a very high quality of life. By growing in a sustainable way, Umeå municipality aims to reach 200 000 citizens in 2050.

Do you or your organisation have a greeting to send towards the future? It can be about your visions about Umeå, how you will fit into the new picture, about jobs, culture, science or something else entirely!

Please, get in touch with us if you have a suggestion, a project or just want to record a greeting to the future.

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