A brief history of the hospital

Uppsala University Hospital is a major hospital with a 300-year history. Predecessors to the hospital can be found as far back as the 14th century.

It was in 1708 that the first university clinic was established in the house of the former President of the Royal Swedish Chancellery, Bengt Oxenstierna, on Riddar Square in Uppsala.

Charles XII was king of Sweden at that time, spending much of his time leading campaigns in Eastern Europe; one-year-old Carl, who would become the world-famous botanist Carl von Linné, was living in Småland; and, in Versailles, the Sun King, Louis XIV, held his spectacular court.

As all this was happening, Uppsala gained its first university clinic – the University Hospital!