<p>Luleå (Swedish: [ˈlʉːlɛo] ( listen), Lule sami Luleju, Finnish Luulaja) is a city on the coast of northern Sweden with 46,607 inhabitants in 2010. It is the seat of Luleå Municipality and the capital of Norrbotten County.
The town of Luleå is situated on a peninsula where Lule Bay meets the Gulf of Bothnia; the bay stretches northwest and becomes the Lule River, allowing sea-based transportation across the county. The town's location on the peninsula of Svartöstaden required expansion, and therefore much of its ground area of 2110 square kilometres is human-made. Luleå also has urban areas built on the island of Hertsön which, thanks to Luleå's location, is Sweden's seventh most populated.
The harbour of Luleå — Sweden's fifth-largest port, which transports over seven million tons of cargo each year — is of particular significance for iron ore from LKAB's mining in Kiruna and Gällivare/Malmberget. During the winter, sea traffic continues at a virtually unchanged rate with the assistance of icebreakers; Luleå is the home port of the Swedish icebreaker armada.
Luleå archipelago contains over 700 islands. Its area extends to the county limit of Norrbotten/Västerbotten and to Sweden's</p>