- Umeå is the county seat and, by far, the largest city.
While the coastal Västerbotten province has culturally been part of Sweden since the Middle Ages, Lappland is a traditional homeland of the Sami people. Many settlers from middle Sweden arrived during the early 20th century; currently population is decreasing, except the bustling city of Umeå.
While Sami language is spoken together with some archaic Swedish dialects bondska, virtually everyone speaks Swedish as their mother tongue.
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- Umeå airport
- Skellefteå airport
- Hemavan-Tärnaby airport
- Lycksele airport
- Vilhelmina airport
SJ has trains from Stockholm to Umeå.
- From Stockholm or Malmö to Umeå/Skellefteå: road E4.
- From Stockholm or Malmö to Vilhelmina/Storuman/Tärnaby: road E4 to Sundsvall, then road 331.
- Länstrafiken i Västerbotten has local and regional buses.
The county will be of interest primarily to nature lovers, and hikers will find there the only remaining area of true wilderness in Europe. But the mines of Kiruna or the ice hotel are other points of interest.