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Linnaeus University
Linneuniversitetet logo.png
Established 2010
Type Public university
Endowment SEK 1.5 billion
Rector Stephen Hwang
Faculty 2,000
Students ca 15,000 FTE
Location Sweden Växjö & Kalmar, Småland, Sweden
Campus Urban
Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA, holding a lecture for a group of students at Växjö University

Linnaeus University (Swedish: Linnéuniversitetet) is a public university in the Småland region of Sweden. It has two campuses, one in Växjö and one in Kalmar. Linnaeus University was established in 2010 by a merger of former Växjö University and Kalmar College, and has been named in honour of Carl Linnaeus.



Linnaeus University is a new university, established in 2010 by merging the former Växjö University and Kalmar College.

Växjö University was initially a department of Lund University that was founded in 1967 in Växjö. In 1977 this department became an independent college. The college was then granted university status by the Government of Sweden in 1999.

Kalmar College was founded in 1977. In 1999 it was entitled to issue doctoral degrees in science.


There are two campuses, one in Växjö and one in Kalmar.



The campus is located just outside of Växjö city center. It was modelled after "American lines", meaning all teaching premises are within walking distance. The campus was built with the environment in mind, as it is bordering a nature conservation area.

There are 3,700 student apartments and dorm rooms on the university campus housing approximately 4,600-5,200 students. A part of the university campus is dedicated to the Videum Science Park. The park gives space to over 100 companies, thus being in close proximity with the university and encouraging innovation and research. The university also has student housing on Seminarievägen located in Växjö city center.

Teaching premises and accommodation stand side by side on the campus. There are also restaurants, cafés, bars, bookshops, a sports centre and a variety of service facilities. The campus offers a safe, relaxed environment despite the high level of activity. It is bordered by meadows, a nature conservation area, a lake with a bird-watching tower and a castle.

New buildings have been erected with due concern for the environment, leaving room for old trees and moss-covered boulders among the new architecture on campus. Cars have only limited access to the site, but cycle paths lead directly to the town centre and out into the beautiful countryside all around.


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Coordinates: 56°51′15″N 14°49′51″E / 56.85417°N 14.83083°E / 56.85417; 14.83083


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