Many traditions of the Finnish academic community today are deeply rooted in the history of the Academia Aboensis, the university founded in Turku in 1640 by the Swedish Queen Christina. As stated in its founding charter, the new Academia was to be modeled on the medieval Uppsala University. Via Uppsala, academic ceremonies conducted at Turku came to follow a spectacular tradition that had originated at Bologna and Paris in the 13th century. This tradition still flourishes in all its central features.
Last updated: 26.8.2016