Lulea is a city in north-eastern Sweden, capital of Norrbotten county, also a port on the Gulf of Bothnia at the mouth of the Lulealv River.
Although its harbour is icebound most of the winter, large quantities of iron ore and timber are exported through the port.
The city has a large smelting plant, in addition to railroad shops and lumber mills.
Luleawas chartered by Gustavus II in 1621.
It was destroyed by fire in 1887, and was rebuilt in a modern style.
It is the site of Gammelstad Church (c.1400),
and is the seat of a Lutheran bishopric.
Estimated population in 2003 about 43,000.
Hui Chin and I visited Sweden in 2003, when we
took time out and visited a few countries in Europe
including the Scandinavian countries with our Eurail
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