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Umeå the City of Sport — both popular and elite

Umeå IK, Björklöven and IBK Dalen are three of Umeå's well known brands in the field of team sports. Individual sportsmen and sportswomen and world stars like Per Elofsson (cross-country skiing), Marta (football) and Maria-Pietilä Holmer (alpine skiing) have made Umeå known around the world.

Umeå has about 300 sports clubs — no other town or city in Sweden of Umeå's size can match Umeå in this respect. Umeå has a long tradition of encouraging popular sports in order to produce elite sportsmen and sportswomen in different fields. That is why children's and young people's sport, popular sports, sport for recreation and exercise, and elite level sport are all important.  

Umeå has a great many sports facilities where popular sports and elite level sport are practised side by side. The knowledge gained from the unique medical research conducted in Umeå is turned into many different activities that are unequalled in Sweden and the rest of the world.  

Foppa and Zlatan


The Sports Sciences Centre is the latest addition. The centre is the world leader in sports medicine research and fulfils an important function in treating recreational and sports injuries. Peter Forsberg and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are two famous clients.
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