The NY Times have written a very nice article about the city of Lund here: A College Town With a Bit of Viking Mayhem.
Lund is recognised by its “cobblestone streets, vibrant intellectual community and relaxed ambience. Nearly half the 83.000 residents commute on a bicycle.”
A couple of things, not mentioned in the article, that could also be of interest:
Several times, Lund has been elected the best Swedish municipality to live in by the magazine Focus yearly ranking.
Lund is making major investments in sustainable urban development. Recently, Lund received about 5 million euros from The Delegation For Sustainable Cities to implement innovative environmental ideas along the “knowledge corridor”, stretching from the city centre to the city expansion area Lund North-East where The European Spallation Source will build the worlds first large scale sustainable science facility.
Lund was voted to become Sweden’s Best Sustainability Municipality 2011 taking the first place in the magazine MiljöAktuellt rankings of Sweden’s municipalities from an environmental and sustainability perspective. The assessment is based on several studies and environmental rankings.
According to a study by the trade association Swedish Property Federation, done in a research collaboration with HUI Research, Lund has the largest number of culturally active residents in Sweden. Lund citizens tops the list of cultural activities like: reading books, going to the cinema, library visits, theater and pop & rock concerts.
The report also emphasizes culture as a major attraction for the city, and that investment in culture contributes to a virtuous cycle of development of the town.