Umeå municipality have been working for sustainable development for a long time. The city’s overall growth vision is to grow with social, ecological, cultural and economic sustainability, on the path to becoming 200 000 citizens year 2050. Umeå’s ambition is also to be carbon neutral in 2030. For us, sustainability is part of our identity and soul, so when you visit us, we want you to see, feel and live it too.

A successful and sustainable meeting

Visit Umeå is here to help you achieve your environmental, social and economic sustainability goals with your meeting. It is our way of contributing to a more sustainable future. We care about our city and the people who live here, but also those who visit us. Therefore, it is important for us to fill the concept of "sustainability" with meaning and concrete content.

We are a new and proud member of the Global Destination Sustainability Movement, a transformation platform that brings together destinations from around the world that all want to be helped to find new paths to a more sustainable hospitality industry. This means that we are now getting to the bottom of the local hospitality industry's sustainability work. The purpose is to find new ways forward so that we can continue to welcome visitors who want to experience and meet in a long-term sustainable way.

Visit Umeå supports you in the successful and sustainable implementation of your meeting. We help you free of charge and independently, based on your wishes and needs and act as a local expert so you do not have to be. Welcome to contact us and we will continue to work together.



A few examples of Umeå’s sustainable work so far


Green Umeå – a network of businesses and organizations with sustainability as guiding star. 

Sharing City – Umeå contributes to development by testing new solutions and cooperations. Umeå municipality takes on complex challenges and challenges existing structures.

RUGGEDISED – Umeå is a part of the EU cooperation project lasting 2017-2021. During these five years, around ten different innovative climate smart solutions are tested, at the same time as new business models adapted to a sharing economy are developed.

Sveriges Bästa Idrottsstad (Sweden's best sports city) – Umeå has been appointed ”The best sports city of Sweden” in 2018 and 2020. The strength of Umeå is both the width and the elite of sports and having the most amount of sports associations per capita in the whole of Sweden. 

Europas Miljöhuvudstad (European Green Capital) – Umeå has been nominated three times and been in the top final every time, most recently in 2018. The applications also have the positive effect of being a powerful force on the city’s sustainability work.

Fairtrade City – Umeå is a proud Fairtrade City since 2013. By working for fair trade and ethical consumption, Umeå wants to contribute to emproved working and living conditions for people living in countries with widespread poverty.



Viable Cities – A strategic innovation programme focused on smart, sustainable cities. Umeå municipalitys’ purpose is to, in broad collaboration, form a road map towards a carbon neutral Umeå 2030.

Nätverket Hållbara Restauranger (Sustainable Restaurants Network) – A national and local network of restaurants wanting to build a more sustainable restaurant industry. One local example is #svinngott (a pun of the Swedish words for really+waste+good/tasty), which is one way of making use of food that otherwise would have been wasted. 

Den koldioxidsnåla platsen (The Low Carbon Place) 2016-2022 – An ongoing project from Umeå municipality, aiming to make it easier for citizens to make more sustainable choices and lowering their climate impact from transportation, accommodation and purchases.

Projektet Klimatneutrala Umeå (Climate Neutral Umeå) 2030 – A project which, in broad collaboration, is forming a road map and identifying which actions Umeå needs to implement to reach and take responsibility for, the Paris agreement.

Gender equality – Umeå municipality has been working systematically with equality for 30 years, with many acknowledged projects and initiatives. The groundbreaking equality work has for example led to Umeå, within the EU program URBACT, taking the lead in a European network titled Gendered Landscape. Additionally, Umeå was the highest ranked region in EU Social Progress Index 2019.