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Västerbotten is territorially the second largest county in Sweden. The population adds up to around a quarter of a million out of the country’s total of around 9 million inhabitants. Within Västerbotten there are 15 individual municipalities, each with their own local government. The land consists of mostly forests, mountainous terrain and a coastal landscape in the east. The county’s largest city, Umeå, was founded in 1622.

The percentage of the population aged 65 and above in the region is 18.7 percent. The same percentage for Umeå is 14 percent. The relatively significant difference can be explained by the university in Umeå which attract more than 29 000 students annually. All other municipalities in the region have a percentage above 20.
The largest employers in Västerbotten, apart from regional and local public administration, are; Volvo Trucks in Umeå with 2 475 employees, holds 2,2 percent of the total amount of employees in the region and Boliden Mineral (Copper and zinc metals supplier) in Skellefteå which has 1 525 employees. The regional GDP is € 29 881 per capita.
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