The smart city

The Oxford of Sweden

Thirteen Nobel Prize winners through the ages have a connection to Uppsala – whether they were born, educated or received their doctorate degrees here. The city´s two universities - Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) contribute with knowledge and leading research to a smarter city. Uppsala is currently the leading medical center of the Nordic countries.


Number of Nobel Prize winners: 13
The oldest university in
the Nordic countries:
founded in 1477
Percentage university educated: 39,9%


Uppsala University – since 1477

Uppsala University is the oldest university in the Nordic countries and among the first 100 universities in the world. It is closely connected to the Nobel Prize. In 1893 Alfred Nobel was named Honorary Doctor. Among the University’s alumni are eight Nobel Prize winners and every year Nobel Prize winners hold seminars in Uppsala. Today the students from Uppsala University make up one fourth of the town’s population.

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

In the year 1977, five hundred years after Uppsala University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) was founded. Here you will find education for biologists, veterinarians and landscape architects. SLU provides expertise to green industries and is an important player when it comes to today’s challenging sustainability questions.

Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling – a global educator

After the King and Queen of Sweden, Hans Rosling is one of the most famous Swedes in the world. In his critically acclaimed TED Talks, he presents, in a most educational and convincing way, statistics about the world’s social and economic trends. In 2012 Professor Rosling was named Swede of the Year (Årets Svensk) for his work towards increasing awareness about the development of humankind. Gapminder collects and illustrates statistics about how various conditions in the world are faring.

Dag Hammarskjöld

Peace and Conflict Research

Dag Hammarskjöld received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961 posthumously. As the UN Secretary General he fought for peace. Ten years later Uppsala University picked up where he left off and established the Department of Peace and Conflict Research (UCDP). Today the peace researchers at UCDP in Uppsala are behind the world’s most used information resources regarding armed conflicts since 1977.