Norrbotten County

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Norrbotten County, Norrbottens län, is the northernmost part of Norrland, Sweden. Bordering to Norway and Finland it covers nearly a quarter of Sweden's total area, from the tall mountains in the west, to the coast and archipelagoes in the east. It includes the province of Norrbotten and the northern part of the province of Lappland. Much of Norrbotten Country is within the Arctic Circle, meaning that Midnight Sun and Arctic Night occur.

A freight train at Torne Träsk, a lake in the very north of Sweden.


Municipalities of Norrbotten County

Norrbotten proper[edit]


Tornedalen, the valley of Torne River, is home to a Finno-Ugric community with Meänkieli as their mother tongue.

Northern Lappland[edit]

Other destinations[edit]


This area is a homeland of the Sami culture.

Seasonal variations are dramatic, see winter in the Nordic countries.


Though Swedish is the everyday language, and English is well understood, the northern edge of Sweden is linguistically diverse. The Sami languages, as well as the Meänkieli at the Torne river, are Finno-Ugric; similar to the Finnish language. Also, some of the most archaic Swedish dialects, languages in their own rights, have survived in towns such as Överkalix.

Get in[edit]

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By plane[edit]

Domestic airports are located at:

  • Arvidsjaur
  • Luleå
  • Gällivare
  • Kiruna
  • Pajala

By train[edit]

  • SJ has night trains from Stockholm and Gothenburg to Luleå and Kiruna.

By car[edit]

  • From south Sweden to Kiruna or Gällivare: E4 and E10. For Pajala use road 392.
  • From south Sweden to Arvidsjaur: E4 until Skellefteå and then road 95.

Get around[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • There are flights Luleå-Kiruna and Luleå-Pajala.

By train[edit]

  • SJ has trains Luleå-Gällivare-Kiruna. This rail line carries iron ore from the mines in Kiruna and Gällivare to the ports of Narvik and Luleå, and regarded to be Sweden's most scenic railway.

By bus[edit]


Arctic Sweden contains enormous areas of pristine nature. The Northern Lights can be seen during favourable conditions.



As Sweden's northernmost county, with the tallest mountains, winter sport is popular.

Riksgränsen is Sweden's northernmost ski resort, with snow well into June.


  • Kalix löjrom.
  • Reindeer
  • Surströmming (fermented herring)
  • Palt


Stay safe[edit]

See cold weather and winter driving.

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