Karolinska Institutet (KI), founded in 1810, is one of the world’s foremost medical universities and Sweden’s single largest centre of medical academic research, as well as it offers the country’s widest range of medical courses and programmes. Since 1901, the Nobel Assembly at KI has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine. With its close relationship to the clinical milieu, a well-established infrastructure and a stable financial situation, KI has excellent prerequisites for sustaining high quality research and education. Research at KI spans the entire medical field, from basic experimental research to patient-oriented and nursing research. Several of the education programmes include clinical training or other training within the healthcare system. The close proximity of the Karolinska University Hospital and other teaching hospitals in the Stockholm area thus plays an important role during the educative process. KI has collaboration agreements in research and education with a large number of universities the world over, with companies in the biomed and biotech sectors and also with individual countries.