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Fire was not the only means by which Uppsala lost many of its finest architectural achievements. Many buildings disappeared because of progress. During the period from 1969 to 1975 over 400 of the city’s buildings were demolished in the central part of town. What remains today is a city with a split personality, clearly divided in two by the Fyris River.

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The most well-preserved older buildings and nearly all of the university buildings are located on the west side of the river, while the east side is devoted to industry and trade. The east side holds an eclectic mix of buildings dating from the early 1800s and forward. The central part of the city continues to draw people as seen by the number of thriving commercial businesses.

Photo: Detail of a building in the town center.

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During the past 20 years, however, other commercial centers and shopping malls have been built on the outskirts of the city. The surrounding suburbs are growing rapidly and increasing population has led to a demand for more housing.

Photo: The concert house, which opened in 2007.