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About Aarhus

A brief history of Aarhus

Aarhus was founded over 1,000 years ago as a Viking settlement at the mouth of the river. The city first began developing c. 1900, when industrial growth attracted rural populations. Today, Aarhus is a university city, with the students making up a significant portion of the population.

Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark situated by the sea in the heart of Jutland. The Municipality of Aarhus covers approximately 300,000 inhabitants with an additional 1,200,000 in the surrounding region of East Jutland; this makes it the second-largest region in Denmark.


Visit Aarhus, a tourist guide

A tourist guide to the East Jutland peninsula


Aarhus University is the second-oldest and second-largest university in Denmark. Most of the university´s yellow-brick buildings are located on a picturesque campus, which is situated in a hilly area, with a moraine valley full of large oak trees and a stream that flows into two small lakes.

At our University we believe that attractive, friendly surroundings promote inspiration, industry, and efficiency, helping students and teachers to have a sense of well-being here. We know that the many researchers and students who have spent time at Aarhus University over the years have taken warm, living memories home with them and that the bonds they have developed here are strong and durable.

Aarhus University is a centre of tradition and innovation, discussion and debate, co-operation and concentration, and we are pleased to be able to share these with others. We value the contributions which international students and researchers make to this tradition and to the cultural and social diversity which enhances the academic experience.