Cities and surroundings
Östergötland is the fourth largest county in Sweden and has about 415,000 inhabitants. The region offers not only famous tourist attractions, such as Kolmården - the largest zoo and safari park in the Nordic region - but is also one of Sweden’s most interesting counties from an historical point of view. There are numerous ancient fortresses, rune stones and prehistoric rock carvings in the area. Churches, castles and manors from the Middle Ages and later periods have also been well preserved.
Linköping is one of Sweden’s oldest towns with a long cultural tradition. Over the past 50 years, Linköping has grown to become Sweden’s fifth largest town, with just over 145,000 inhabitants. It is home to industries specialising in many different sectors, ranging from aircraft manufacturing to emerging technologies. Several international companies such as Saab Aeronautics, Siemens, Toyota and others have offices in Linköping.
Despite its rapid growth, Linköping still holds the charm of a small town. The city centre is very easy to reach and it offers plenty of entertainment opportunities: theatre plays, concerts, museums or “spex” - the traditional student farces. Cafés and restaurants located downtown are ready to meet all tastes and demands.
Norrköping, home to about 130,000 people, has a tradition 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 turned into a modern area that hosts, among others, LiU’s Norrköping campus and the student union building, Trappan, where students usually eat and socialise. The industrial buildings have been meticulously restored and are well worth a visit. When in Norrköping don’t miss a ride with the tram, using a system which has been in use since 1904. And do look in at Visualization Centre C inside one of the converted old factory buildings.
Last updated: 2013-03-05