Katedralskolan, Uppsala

Katedralskolan (Swedish; "the Cathedral School"; colloquially Katte; formerly Högre Allmänna Läroverket, "Higher-level Public Education") is a school in Uppsala, Sweden. The school was established in 1246.[1] It is the oldest educational institution in Uppsala, and one of the oldest in Sweden.

Katedralskolan, Uppsala
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The main building
Skolgatan 2 (Västra), Skolgatan 53 (East)

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Coordinates59°51′31″N 17°38′20″E / 59.85861°N 17.63889°E / 59.85861; 17.63889Coordinates: 59°51′31″N 17°38′20″E / 59.85861°N 17.63889°E / 59.85861; 17.63889
Other namesKatte
Established1246; 775 years ago (1246)
RectorHeléne Lagerquist
Number of students1200
LanguageMain: Swedish, English (IB Diploma Programme)
Other: Spanish, French, German
AlumniSee #Notable alumni
Nobel laureatesSvante Arrhenius (chemistry)
Kai Siegbahn (physics)
Dag Hammarskjöld (peace)
Websitewww.katedral.se (in Swedish)


A school administered by the Cathedral existed before the year 1300; originally, this school was a seminary for clergy and other church functionaries. In 1509, Gustaf Eriksson, who would later become King Gustaf I (Gustavus Vasa), became a student at the school, according to Peder Svart's chronicle. Allegedly, Eriksson tired of his studies and left the school, having driven his dagger through a book and cursed his teacher.[2][3]

From the late Middle Ages and up until the mid-19th century, the education was focused on the three "trivial" subjects: grammar, dialectics and rhetoric. In 1865, the first student degrees were conferred on students at the school. By this time, the school was called Högre allmänna läroverket, a name it kept until 1972. In 1930, the first female students were accepted.

Until 1869, the school was located in various buildings next to the cathedral, but in that year it moved to its current location. Several new buildings have been added to the original school building.


Today, Katedralskolan is a gymnasium school with around 1200 students. Traditionally, Katedralskolan has focused on theoretical education within the humanities and natural sciences, but it also offers programmes within subjects such as child care.

The school offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, as well as advanced programmes within German, French or Spanish.

There is a number of student societies; the oldest still existing one being the young scientists' society, Matematisk-naturvetenskapliga föreningen (MNF), founded in 1899.


Notable alumniEdit

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Samuelsson, Sixten. 1952. Högre Allmänna Läroverket i Uppsala, En gammal skolas öden från 1200-talet till våra dagar. Uppsala: AB Lundequistiska Bokhandeln.

  1. ^ "Katedralskolan". katedralskolan.uppsala.se. Retrieved Sep 10, 2019.
  2. ^ Norborg, Lars-Arne and Roland Henzel (eds.). 1955. Kungsord från Gustav Vasa till Gustav VI Adolf. Stockholm: Natur & Kultur. p 19.
  3. ^ von Heidenstam, Verner. 1910. Svenskarna och deras hövdingar.

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