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The Academy of Åbo was the name of a still existing university, founded in 1640 by Queen Christina of Sweden at proposal of Count Per Brahe, in Åbo (Turku), Finland. It was the third university founded in the Swedish Realm, following Uppsala University and the Academia Gustaviana (now the University of Tartu in Estonia).

Turku (Swedish: Åbo) was the administrative capital of Finland as a part of Sweden. In 1809 Finland was ceded to Russia and the capital continued shortly there, soon to be relocated to Helsinki. In 1827 the university was also relocated and continued in Helsinki firstly as the Imperial Alexander University, today the University of Helsinki. Both the University of Turku and the Åbo Akademi University are newer entities, but they still try to claim an academic tradition at the location spanning from the 17th century, despite of that hiatus of approximately a century in Turku.

See also

fi:Turun Akatemia

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