The municipality of Luleå (the city and the surrounding area) has approximately 77000 inhabitants and is the capital of Norrbotten, the northernmost county of Sweden. The local economy is dominated by industry, information technology and service. Opportunities for pursuing a higher education are enhanced by the presence of a university that, in addition to offering specialized research facilities in the field of technology, also offers programs in the fields of social science, the humanities, creative writing and drama.
The municipality is actively engaged in human rights issues, often in cooperation with NGOs. During the past decades many refugees from around the world have found a new home in Luleå.
Kulturens hus Cultural centre. Concert halls, city library and art gallery.
Norrbottensteatern The regional theatre has its main stage in Luleå.
Resurscentrum för konst Promotes visual arts. This includes artists born in other countries who do not yet have networks and contacts in the art scene.
Sunderby folkhögskola College with education in the visual arts.
Konstnärer i Norrbotten Network of visual artists in the region
Resurscentrum för litteratur Promotes literature in the region.
Filmpool Nord Regional centre for film and television production
Black Island Books
Luleå is also home to several small art galleries and boasts a vibrant music scene. Every second year Luleå hosts a major art and literature festival, Bok & Bild. There also exists a regional network of authors, some of them writing in minority languages such as Sámi and Meänkieli, a language related to Finnish.