Stockholm University

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Stockholm University (Swedish: Stockholms universitet) is a state university in Stockholm, Sweden. It has over 27,500 students at four faculties, making it one of the largest universities in Scandinavia. The institution is also frequently regarded as one of the top 100 universities in the world.[2] Stockholm University was granted university status in 1960 and is therefore the fourth oldest Swedish university.



In 1878, the university college Stockholms högskola started its operations with a series of lectures on natural sciences, open to curious citizens (a tradition still upheld by yearly publicly open lectures). Notable in the university's early history is the appointment of Sofia Kovalevskaya to hold a chair in mathematics in 1889, making her the third female professor in Europe. In 1904 the college became an official degree granting institution.

In 1960, it was granted university status, becoming Sweden's fourth state university. The university premises was situated in central Stockholm at Observatorielunden but as enrollment increased, lack of space made it necessary to move. Since 1970 most of the university operations are pursued at the main campus at Frescati north of the city center.

Field stations

Askö Laboratory (Marine research)

Tarfala (Glaciology and Mountain)

Tjärnö (Marine Biology)

Tovetorp (Ethology)

Tullbotorp (Botany)

Centers and Institutes

Bergius Botanic Garden

Manne Siegbahn Laboratory

The Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics

Stockholm Center for Marine Research (SMF)

Centre for Transdisciplinary Environmental Research (CTM)

Student unions

Prior to 2008, Stockholm University had only one student union[citation needed] called "Stockholm University's Student Union" (Stockholm universitets studentkår, SUS). However as of 2008 the computer and system science students[3] and the teacher students have their own, independent, student unions called DISK and "The Teacher's College's Student Union" (Lärarhögskolans studentkår). The law students also have their own student union, as do journalism students (Studentkåren vid JMK).

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