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Coimbra is a city in the municipality of Coimbra in Portugal. Although it served as the nation's capital during the High Middle Ages, it is better known for its university, the University of Coimbra, which is one of the oldest in Europe and the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world.
According to the 2001 Census, provided by the Portuguese Instituto Nacional de Estatística, the city proper had a population of 143 396. The city of Coimbra is one of the most important urban centres in Portugal (after the much larger cities of Lisbon and Porto, and the growing Minho Metropolitan area, centered around Braga), playing a central role in the northern-central littoral and interior of the country. It is the principal centre in the Centro region, the District of Coimbra and the Baixo Mondego subregion.