A short history

Origin of Uppsala's student nations
Retrieved from "Uppsala University 1477-1977 ', Sten Lindroth
The University of Paris is together with the universities of Bologna and Oxford the world's oldest academic institutions and was founded in the 1100?s. Especially in Paris gathered students from many parts of Europe and they gathered, with respect to the origin, together in so-called 'Nationes'. If there was no nation of their country they?d chose any geographically or culturally related. The oldest known nations at the University of Paris, from early the 1200?s, are: the French, the Picardian, the Norman and the Anglican (to which the Scandinavians belonged). The direct model for the nations that originated in Uppsala during the first half of the 1600?s where however from the German universities. After the Reformation had at the evangelical German universities spontaneously arisen so called 'Landsmannaskap' (Societates nationales), especially at the University of Rostock, where many Swedes studied. Here in Uppsala the students joined together in the 'nations', depending on the diocese and the landscape they belonged, they were the most often from the same high school. The organizations were called 'Landskap' and their meetings were called 'Conventus Nationales'. These peer groups with common provincial background got more organized as time passed up until the 1640?s, when the first actual nations formed with officers, bylaws and coffers.

Norrlands nation's history in short
Norrland nation was formed in 1827 through a merger of the Bottniska and Medelpado-Jämtland nations. The original norrlandic nations in Uppsala were the Ångermanländska nation (1646-1800) and Västerbottniska nation (1647-1800). These were in 1800 merged into the Bottniska nation. The Medelpado-Jämtland Nations was formed after a brawl at a curator election of the Ångermanländska nation in 1685. At its formation Norrlands nation had about 60 members. The nation rented premises around in Uppsala and has as such housed in the current Uplands nation?s house. After many years of effort to raise funds in the northern homeland could the nation finally construct its own building, which was inaugurated in 1889. This house is now known as the 'Old House' is undoubtedly Uppsala?s grandest nation house with its classical facade towards river. The large influx of students from Norrland to Uppsala in the 1950?s and 1960?s forced the extension of the nation?s building, the 'New house', which was inaugurated in 1972. Norrland nation is today the city's largest student nation, with just under 8,000 members.

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