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Övre Norrland


The NUTS 2 regions in Sweden do not always correspond to economic or traditional regions. The NUTS 2 region Upper Norrland (Upper Norrland) consists of two relatively independent NUTS 3 regions: Norrbotten and Västerbotten. In 2019, Upper Norrland had a population of 520,651 inhabitants (Eurostat, 2020). The region has a surface area of 164,077 km2 and covers 37.4% of Sweden. It is one of the most sparsely populated areas of the EU. In Upper Norrland, there are two large universities, Luleå University of Technology and Umeå University. Key sectors of the region are forestry, wholesale and retail trade, transport, accommodation, information and communications technologies (ICT) and biotechnology. Conversely, the services sector as public administration, defence, education, human health and social work activities have been developing slower. The innovation support structure comprises a variety of organisations and measures to support the development of innovations and business ideas from the conceptual stage through to market launch. Many of the organisations cooperate closely with higher education institutions.

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