About Lund

Lund from above

The Cathedral is a natural middle point in Lund. Photo: Gunnar Menander.

Old town and young citizens'

The old part of Lund is a living part where people lives and walks through. Photo: Lasse Strandberg.

Lund is a city where thousand years of history blends with modern knowledge and visions. You will also find all the charm of a small town, side by side with the enticements and comforts of a major city. Students from all over the world attend our tradition-rich Lund University, adding a youthful pulse to Lund’s cultural and entertainment scene.

Lund was founded by the Danish king Sweyn Forkbeard in 990 when he wanted a firmer grip of this part of the country (i.e. Denmark). To assure the importance of the city it was awarded mint rights for making coins and became the archbishopric for entire Scandinavia. For the next four hundred years Lund was one of Scandinavia’s most important cities. Construction of the present cathedral started in 1085 when also the oldest school in Scandinavia, the cathedral school was founded. After that the province had been conquered by the Swedes in 1658, Lund University was founded in 1666, with the main purpose of making the upper classes of the province more Swedish.

Today Lund University is the largest in Scandinavia with some 46000 students, 562 professors and 2800 PhD students in eight faculties. It has a number of National/Intenationa research facilities, for example MAX lab (physics) and the new European Spallation Source, ESS Scandinavia.

The city of Lund, with around 100,000 citizens is very much dominated by the students. Besides the academic community, there are also a number of well-known industries, for example Ericsson,Tetra Pak and Alfa Laval.