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Introducing Umeå

With the vibrant feel of a college town (it has around 30,000 students), Umeå is a welcome outpost of urbanity in the barren north. It’s one of the fastest-growing towns in Sweden and an agreeable place in which to hang out, wind down or stock up for an outdoor adventure.

Umeå is also widely considered the most ‘metal’ town in Sweden, thanks to its thriving metal and straight-edge music scene. Legendary hardcore band Refused started here, and an annual music festival, House of Metal, takes place at Folkets Hus in early February – the darkest time of the year, of course.