Katedralskolan, Lund

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Lund Cathedral School
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Lund, Scania
Type Public
Established 1085 AD
School district Lund, Scania
Head of school Kennet Flennmark
Staff 50
Faculty 100
Grades 10-12
Number of students 1400

Katedralskolan (Lund Cathedral School) is a school in Lund, Sweden. It was founded in 1085 by the Danish king Canute the Saint. It is the oldest school in Scandinavia and one of the oldest schools in Northern Europe.


The Cathedral School in 1912.

The school was founded by a donation from the Danish king Canute the Saint. At the beginning, it was most likely a cathedral school, a seminary for the training of priests and other clergy within the church. Its clergical roots is also the origin of the school's name. During the Scanian Wars and the transition to Swedish rule the school was for a while reduced to an insignificant elementary school with just two classes. For the first 750 years of its existence the school was located directly adjacent to the Cathedral in Lund. However, in 1837, the school acquired Viffertska gården, which has been considered one of the most prestigious buildings in Lund since the 16th century. For two years in the beginning of the 18th century, the Swedish king Charles XII had his residence there.

Despite many wars and several transitions between Danish and Swedish rule, as of 2013, the school has maintained some form of teaching continuously for 928 years.


Students in the school's inner court

Today, the Cathedral School is an Upper Secondary School, or gymnasium, with about 1400 students attending five different programmes; the Sciences Programme (Naturvetenskapsprogrammet), the Social Sciences Programme (Samhällsvetenskapsprogrammet), the Modern Languages Programme (Moderna-språk programmet), the History Programme (Historieprogrammet) and the IB Diploma Programme. The History Programme started in 2009 as a part of a government decision to instate special programmes in theoretical subjects in selected schools in the country. It is the only History programme in Sweden. Since 2010, the Cathedral School also offers a special programme in Modern Languages.

The Cathedral School currently resides in six buildings; The main building, The Charles XII house, The Brunius house, The Svanegatshouse, Cathedral School West and the Svane School. Several currently well-known people have attended it, among whom are actor Max von Sydow and several high-ranking politicians.

Student Societies[edit]

There are a number of Student Societies in the school, the two most venerable ones being the theatre association Scenia (a word game alluding to the Latin name of the province of Lund, Scania) and the photographic society Asarna (a similar word game alluding to Norse mythology and to the ASA standard for analogue photography).

Scenia was started by a group of students, including the now famous actor Max von Sydow, in 1945. The drama group arranged and performed a variety of different Swedish plays and it became a tradition that passed on to younger students after graduation. Scenia was active throughout the 1950s but was then laid on ice until it was reborn as Katterevyn in the 1980s. Katterevyn is today considered a Spex and is arranged every spring. About 150 students are involved in the process every year. In May 2008, "God Afton Vackra Mask" ("Good Evening, Beautiful Mask"), alluding to the murder of king Gustav III, was performed at AF-Borgen in Lundagård.


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