Umeå is a fast growing city in Northern Sweden with progressive and environmentally-friendly citizens. Located 600 km north of Stockholm, the 11th largest city in Sweden has a subarctic climate, with short and fairly warm summers, but lengthy and freezing winters.

Umeå is a centre of education, technical and medical research in Sweden, with two universities. It counts 123,.000 inhabitants with two-thirds of the population born outside the municipality, and around one tenth from outside of Sweden. Umeå citizens are among Sweden’s most educated, and are known to be very environmental engaged. Smart city thinking is at the core of the City of Umeå’s overall vision of continued social, economic and environmentally sustainable growth. RUGGEDISED will facilitate a unified ‘smart district’, which is underpinned by planned regeneration and new developments, existing smart city capabilities and committed public and private sector investments.

"A world-class neighbourhood for education, research, health care and business development. An attractive city that lives around the clock with a mix of activities, housing, services and trading environments that invite movement in everyday life and that can contribute to better health."

Umeå smart city vision

In RUGGEDISED, Umeå will focus on an Innovation District that is situated immediately to the east of Umeå city centre, the University city area, which includes a mix of residential, academic and research facilities from two universities, a regional hospital, and community, recreational and commercial buildings. The neighbourhood is characterised by its young, student-influenced, population with 40, 000 daily visitors. As such, the neighbourhood is one of the least car-dependent neighbourhoods in Umeå. The area will triple its inhabitants during the time of the project. Amongst the smart solutions implemented, the RUGGEDISED project will look at peak load variation management, shared use of energy and a smart, open- data city decision platform.  




Project Brochure



Green Umeå webpage [Swedish]

Umeå - The BLOG

Follow the implementation of the smart solutions in the University district with RUGGEDISED site manager, Carina Aschan

Nov. 2019: The snow has arrived

June 2019: Parking is more than just parking

Feb. 2019: Sensors, sensors, sensors !




Introducing Umeå's smart city vision


Citizens of Umeå


RUGGEDISED Umeå interview Elin Pietroni Nov16