Hotell Gamla Fangelset

Storgatan 62, Umeå, 903 30, Sweden

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    A night in prison


    The old prison in Umea is now converted to a hostel. Small cells with heavy doors. Soft beds however.
    Very clean. Top modern bathrooms, even if I would have prefered more shower rooms.
    There is one double room which is very nice and also family rooms.
    Large kitchen and good facilities for cooking.
    Breakfast can also be provided at a café next door.

    Unique Quality: The old prison feeling with the 2 storey cellblock and barred windows gives a very special feeling.

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Travel Tips for Umeå


by dave_21

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"Umeå - The city of Birch Trees"

Umea is situated on the 64th latitude in northern Europe, in Sweden one hour by air from Stockholm. Umeå was founded year 1622, so it's not very old, but it has some great history anyway.
A little more than 100 000 people live here. Biggest employers are the Community, Northern University Hospital, Umea University and Volvo Trucks.
Lots of snow in Winter, Aurora Borealis in the sky at night and blistering cold at times. It's so far north that the Summer nights never get dark, hot days but also a lot of rain. It's located on the Northern Taiga.

I'm currently living here, studying Biology and Ecology at the University of Umeå.

"Wierd Facts"

Inhabitants: 106,000
Woman surplus: 1,500
Biggest part of population: 20-24 years
People living by themselves: 37%
People living 2 together: 31%
People living 5 or more together: 6%
Number who voted in last election: 85%
Number of students at Umeå university: 25,000
Number of Moose brought down last year: 850
Number of Birch trees in Umea: 3,000
Hours of sun in December: 22 and in August: 298
Number of pupils at municipal music school: 3,500
Number of theatregoers: 65,000
Number of electrically lit ski tracks: 33
Speed of the Ume River water at tide: 5 knots
Number of single men earning more than 600,000 SEK: 16
Number of single women earning more than 600,000 SEK: 3
Number of cars, buses and trucks in Umeå: 59,000
Distance from Stockholm: 700 km (430 miles)
It takes 50 minutes by air to Umeå from Stockholm
20 bikes are stolen per day
The University library contains 650,000 books and 5,000 magazines
Umeå university also holds one copy of every printed matter in Sweden
165 litres of milk per person is consumed by the ume people
World´s oldest ski at the Ski museum at Västerbotten county museum
In mid winter the sun rises 9.30 am and sets 1.45 pm
In mid summer the sun rises 2.00 am and sets 11.00 pm
Minus centigrades average in November, December, January, February, March and April
In 1714 the Russians came to Umeå and plundered and burned the City
And again in 1720
And finally (!) in 1809 – the last war for Sweden
Over 3,000 birch trees along the streets of Umeå
Umeå is called The city of Birch Trees

Umeå Right Now!


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