Stockholm's location appears in Norse sagas as Agnafit, and in Heimskringla
in connection with the legendary king Agne. The earliest written mention of the name Stockholm dates from 1252, by which time the mines in Bergslagen
made it an important site in the iron trade. The first part of the name (stock
) means log in Swedish, although it may also be connected to an old German word (Stock
) meaning fortification.
Research and higher education in the sciences started in Stockholm in
the 18th century, with education in medicine and various research
institutions such as the Stockholm Observatory. The medical education was eventually formalized in 1811 as the Karolinska Institutet. The Royal Institute of Technology was founded in 1827 and is currently Scandinavia's largest higher education institute of technology with 13,000 students.
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