Västerteg, Österteg and Böle are medieval farming villages on the southern side of the Ume River, across from Umeå’s old city centre. Since Umeå gained its city charter in 1622, these villages have been strongly influenced by their proximity to it. Early on, to manage their food supply, city residents bought farmland and homesteads in the nearby villages. Those who purchased homesteads also lived there. The villagers who lived near the city, such as the residents of Teg, were thus the bourgeoisie and people of rank, giving these areas a distinctive character relative to the coastal villages in general.

Getting here

Destinations & sights


A destination for the whole family! This oasis is within walking and cycling distance from downtown Umeå.

Teg Church

This church is composed of plain yellow precast concrete and a grey concrete campanile. The church has a broad, three-nave hall and is connected to a congregation building in dark red brick. Teg Church opened in 1969 and was designed by Carl Hampus Bergman.

History & curiosities

“The old bridge”

Before Umeå had a bridge, people crossed the river on ice in winter and by ferry the rest of the year. During the second Russian occupation of Umeå in the Finnish War, in 1809 the Russians built a floating bridge made of logs across the river, which was destroyed by a spring flood shortly thereafter.

Building a bridge across a river was long considered too expensive, but county governor Gustaf Munthe developed an interest in the matter when he took over in 1856, and in 1858, he assigned the task of exploring where a bridge would be most suitable, plan proposals and what the project would cost. The investigation pointed to an area just outside the city, upstream in the river, where the river bed could most advantageously bear a bridge. The bridge would cost 65,450 riksdaler. With other associated costs, the total was 86,000 riksdaler.

With the construction of the bridge’, the coastal highway was diverted to the bridge via today’s Bryggargatan road. After it opened in 1863, and for a long time thereafter, travellers had to pay a fee to use the bridge. (Source. Wikipedia)

Umeå, city of ships

In the late 18th century, shipping and trade in the Gulf of Bothnia expanded as a result of the repeal of the Bothnian trade restrictions in 1765. Before 1765, the permitted size of ships was limited.

Ships were built in Västerbotten cities and coastal communities, such as Teg. Umeå alone had around 50 sailing ships when the city’s fleet was at its largest. Most of these ships sailed the oceans for years between visits to their home harbours.

Bothnian shipping was associated with the iron industry and tar exports, while later, wood dominated.

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