Lund, just 15 minutes northeast of Malmö, has 100,000 people, and is the oldest city in Scania – mostly famous for its university and its cathedral from the 12th century.
The university makes the city special compared to most other cities in Sweden. It shapes the lifestyle in Lund. The only other city in Sweden that can compare is Uppsala, north of Stockholm. Lund’s university was founded in 1666, in an attempt to establish a center for education in the newly conquered provinces of what is now southern Sweden. It is the second-oldest university in Sweden (Uppsala has the oldest), and one of the biggest institutions for higher education and research, with seven faculties, a research center and other colleges. There are more than 34,000 students studying 60 different programs and about 850 different courses. The university also has around 6,000 employees.
One thing that epitomizes Lund and makes it different from other cities in Scania is the number of bikes, most of which belong to students. As soon as you leave the train station you will see hundreds of them lined up.With such a compact city center and a campus where everything is within short distances, there is no real need for cars unless you travel outside the city limits.
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