Lund: Cute and smart
Lund has a long tradition of innovation and strong networks between academia, the city and the business community. We are proud to be a global arena, with top international companies, prestigious research centres and a world-class university. You can also experience Sweden's most visited church, an open-air museum in the middle of town and the world’s largest collection of sketches, models and preparatory work for Swedish and international public art.
Founded in 990
Lund was founded by the Danish king Sweyn Forkbeard in AD 990, and it is thought that settlers were relocated from the early medieval pagan centre, Uppåkra. For the next 400 years, Lund was one of Scandinavia's most important cities. Construction of the present cathedral started in 1085 when Lund became the archbishopric for the whole of Scandinavia. The city has been an important center for religion and education ever since.
The most popular attraction is Lund Cathedral (more than 700,000 visitors per year), followed by the open-air museum Kulturen and the Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art and Vattenhallen Science Center. Flyinge Stud Farm is a must if you love horses. If you are into hiking you should head for Romeleåsen and if you are a foodie we can recommend the local farm shops.
Cutting-edge research at Lund university
Lund University was founded in 1666 and is ranked among the world's top 100 universities. It has 42,000 students and more than 7,500 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö.
The University offers one of the broadest ranges of programmes and courses in Scandinavia, based on cross-disciplinary and cutting-edge research. The compact university campus encourages networking and creates conditions for scientific breakthroughs and innovations. The University has a clear international profile, with partner universities in over 70 countries.
Funding of more than SEK 5 billion a year goes to research at eight faculties, making Lund University one of Sweden's strongest and broadest ranges of research activity. Over 30 of the research fields are world-leading, according to independent evaluations.
Ideon Science Park, Medicon Village, MAX IV and ESS
Sweden's first and most successful research park, Ideon Science Park, is situated in Lund, together with Medicon Village – a unique environment for life sciences integrating research, innovation and enterprise to create conditions for improved health and quality of life.
Two of the world's foremost research facilities for materials research and life sciences are also established in Lund – the synchrotron radiation facility MAX IV, which was inaugurated in June 2016, and the European Spallation Source (ESS), which will feature the world's most powerful neutron source when it opens for research in 2023. These will be of decisive importance for materials and life sciences and for industrial development.
Furthermore Lund has many fruitful and interesting networks and communities such as Future by Lund and Mobile Heights.
Innovations from Lund – dialysis, ultrasound, Bluetooth technology
Lund has a spirit of learning more, achieving more, and making the future even brighter. This spirit has led to a vast number of inventions over the years. The turbohaler, dialysis machine, mobile phone, the use of ultrasound in medicine, the Tetra Pak milk carton, the ink-jet printer, Bluetooth and many other inventions all come from Lund.
Internationally renowned companies in Lund include Tetra Pak, Alfa Laval, Sony Mobile Communications, Baxter, Axis, Qlik, and many more. The region is one of the most dynamic in Europe and includes Malmö and Copenhagen.
A part of Greater Copenhagen
Lund plays an important role in Greater Copenhagen, one of the most dynamic regions in Europe. From Copenhagen international airport you can easily reach Lund by train (travel time approximately 33 minutes, departures every 20 minutes).