Linköping, is one of Sweden’s oldest cities with a long cultural tradition. Over the past 50 years, Linköping has grown to become Sweden’s fifth-largest municipality, with 160,000 inhabitants. It is home to industries specialising in many different sectors, ranging from aircraft manufacturing to emerging technologies. Several international companies such as Saab, Ericsson, IFS, Autoliv, Sectra and Cloetta have offices in Linköping.
Despite its rapid growth, Linköping still has the charm of a small town. The city centre is easy to reach from Campus Valla, about a ten-minute bike ride, and the University Hospital Campus is located centrally. The inner city offers plenty of entertainment opportunities: theatre plays, museums, concerts and student skits locally called “spex”. Cafés, bars, restaurants and nightclubs located downtown will cater to all tastes.
Read more about what Linköping has to offer:
Visit Linköping, www.visitlinkoping.seg
Norrköping, home to about 141,000 people, has a history as an industrial centre dating back to the 17th century. The old industrial area on the waterfront of Motala River in the heart of Norrköping was once famous for its cotton and paper mills. Today it has been carefully restored into a unique area that hosts, among other things, Campus Norrköping and the student union building Trappan, where students usually study, eat and socialise. The campus and student housing are in the middle of Norrköping, at comfortable walking distance from shops, restaurants, clubs and bars, as well as the renowned Östgötateatern Sweden’s largest regional theatre.
The city is known internationally for its diverse music scene and has been recognised as one of UNESCO’s creative cities. The city hosts several free outdoor concerts and festivals every summer. Norrköping is also the only city besides Gothenburg to host a public tram network, which has been in use since 1904 and is a great way to get around.
Read more about Norrköping’s attractions:
Experience Norrköping, www.upplev.norrkoping.se/en
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