As the 5th largest Swedish city, Linkoping is a local municipal seat with a southern location. The region has a long history of being the Swedish County Town, an important site for education and learning as well as local army center.
As the capital of the Ostergotland County, Linkoping is a center of ancient Swedish learning and culture. The Church of Sweden (Diocese of Linkoping) and the Cathedral Tower are located at the heart of the city, to dominate its skyline. Today, the city owes its immense worldwide popularity to the high-tech industrial sectors and the university. In 1987, Linkoping celebrated its 700th anniversary with great enthusiasm and pomp.
Homeland of as many as 136,000 inhabitants, Linkoping in Sweden derived its name possibly from the "Lionga ting assembly" which was the most important 'Ting' (governing assembly in Germanic society) in Ostergotland, according to Ostrogothic law. The city had earned immense historical fame for being the earliest 'Diocese' (territorial unit under the administration of Christian bishops) in Sweden. Well-known for its religious and educational activities, a number of cathedral schools are found sprawling over the mainland areas, including the present Linkoping Cathedral School established as early as 1627.
Finally, it is ice hockey and volleyball which constitute the main sports activities in Linkoping. As an integral part of Swedish culture, the hockey team combined with the female soccer team, to win the Swedish Football Cup for the city in 2006.