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Luleå is a regional centre with a technical university and steelworks in Norrbotten, northern Sweden, with about 70,000 inhabitants. The city is situated at the mouth of the Lule River, in the northwest corner of the Gulf of Bothnia.
SAS have seven flights per day from Stockholm Arlanda to Kallax Airport, with a flight time of about 1 hour 10 minutes. Kallax lies about 5km from Luleå city centre, which is accessable via shuttle bus or taxi.
There are also scheduled flights to Kiruna/Tromsö (Nordkalottflyg), Pajala (Nordkalottflyg), Umeå/Östersund (Nordic Regional), Gothenburg (City Airline), Sundsvall/Borlänge (Direktflyg) and Murmansk/Archangelsk (Archangelsk Airlines).
Luleå is the easternmost point in the Swedish rail network. Trains go to Luleå using Malmbanan from Narvik via Kiruna, Gällivare and Boden. Via Boden and Norra stambanan, night trains goes to Stockholm from Luleå. There is also a line that goes to Narvik in Norway, via the mining town of Kiruna. Note that the line ends in Narvik and does not link to the rest of the Norweigan rail network.
The gap in the rail network between Finland and Sweden is covered by buses, which are free with most railpasses. The journey to the Finnish border at Tornio/Haparanda takes 2.5h, and onward to the Finnish railhead at Kemi another half hour.
A fast, cheap and comfortable way of getting to the different parts of the city, is by using the local bus traffic (LLT). At weekends you should be able to catch a night-bus from most local traffic bus stations about once every hour between 0.00 and 3.00, at a raised cost.
Luleå Teckniska Universitet (Luleå Technical University, LTU)  was established in 1971. Its faculties now include Engineering, Computer Science, Music, Wood Technology, Business, Mining and Space Science.