Did you know?
* The city of Uppsala is split into two different parts by the Fyris (fyrisån) river: the historic quarter, which also the clergy, royalty, and academia have resided on the west of the river and the administrative, residential and commercial areas to the east.
* King Gustav Vasa initiated construction of the Uppsala Castle in 1549. He was the first Swedish monarch to inherit the crown. Today, the castle is the residence of the County Governor, as well as home to the Uppsala Art Museum.
* Queen Christina, granddaughter of Gutav Vasa, abdicated the throne at the age of 28, giving a farewell speech in a ceremony at Uppsala Castle in 1654, before leaving Sweden for Rome.
* Swedish film director Igmar Bergman was born there in 1918.
* Uppsala University is the oldest university in Scandinavia, founded in 1477.
* Theater and music are important to community here where over 200 choirs have formed.
* Swedish botanist and father of taxonomy Carl Linneaus was a scholar at Uppsala University. The house lived and worked, in addition to his summer residence, has been preserved as a museum and the grounds of his estate as gardens and memorial farm.
* Bicycles are an important mode of transport year round for students in this university city.
*Each year, in March, Uppsala hosts the play-offs for the Swedish Bandy Championship. Bandy is a popular winter sport for men women and children in Uppsala. (It's a bit like hockey, but played with special bandy sticks a round ball.)
* In early February the annual Disting market is held in Uppsala, This is a traditional market/fair dating back to pre-historic times.