|Kapellskar - Naantali with Finnlines - 18 Sailings Weekly / 8 hour crossing|
|Stockholm - Helsinki with Tallink Silja - 7 Sailings Weekly / 15 hour 55 minute crossing|
|Stockholm - Turku with Tallink Silja - 14 Sailings Weekly / 10 hour 30 minute crossing|
|Stockholm - Helsinki with Viking Line - 7 Sailings Weekly / 16 hour 20 minute crossing|
|Stockholm - Turku with Viking Line - 14 Sailings Weekly / 10 hour 35 minute crossing|
Umea is the largest town in the north of Sweden. Umea is one of Swedens newest and fastest growing cities. The average age of the 110 000 people who live in Umea is 37. Efforts are are also made to develop Umea even more - the goal is to pass the 150 000 figure before 2050. The city offers world-class art, drama, films, industries, music and research. It aims to attract more companies, break new construction records and, not least become the cultural capital for 2014.
Umea has been expanding for several decades. Growth really speeded up in 1965, the same year that the university threw up its doors. Obviously, there is a connection. Education provides skills, which attracts companies that, in turn, attract more people. In the last 30 years, housing in Umea has doubled and this rate of growth continues. 700 to 800 new apartments are constructed each year.
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. The history of Vaasa begins in the 14th century, when the seafarers from the coastal region in central Sweden disembarked at the present Old Vaasa, and the wasteland owners from Finland proper came to guard their land.
King Charles IX founded the town of Vaasa on October 2, 1606 around the oldest harbour and trade point in the Mustasaari church village 7 km to the southwest from the present city. King Charles IX gave the town the name of his royal house. Thanks to the sea connections ship building and trade, especially tar trade, was flourishing from the seventeenth century and most of the inhabitants earned their living from it.
In 1683 the three-subject or ‘trivial’school moved from Nykarleby to Vaasa and four years later a new schoolhouse was built in Vaasa. Finland’s first library was founded in Vaasa in 1794.