Umeå is located in the northern part of Sweden known as Västerbottens region. The city is well known for its university, which makes it feel a little like a college town. The city itself is relatively young and didn't see population increases until the 1960's when the university opened. The demographics of the city are relatively young. There are plenty of walking trails around the city as well as one that follows the Ume River. If shopping is your thing, there is a walking street in centrum called Kungsgatan. It is a few blocks long and filled with shops in every direction. The town has plenty of theaters, pubs, cinemas and nightclubs to go to. Umeå is also home to IKSU, the largest gym in northern Europe. The winters in Umeå provide plenty of snow for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding and snowshoeing. The summer months become the land of the midnight sun. Everything from hiking, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and having a lazy summer day at the lake are on offer in the region. And if this isn't a tempting enough description to come, there's an elk farm nearby where you even get to pet them!