Education in Sweden


Everything you need to know about Sweden, in brief — from climate, to government, to  lifestyle.


Capital: Stockholm.
Population: 9.3 million inhabitants.
Parliament: The Riksdag, with 349 members in one chamber.
Area: 174,000 sq mi (450,000 km²), the third largest country in Western Europe.
Longest north-south distance: 978 mi (1,574 km).
Longest east-west distance: 310 mi (499 km).
Form of government: Constitutional monarchy, parliamentary democracy.
Languages: Swedish; recognized minority.
languages:Sami (Lapp),Finnish, Meänkieli  (Tornedalen Finnish), Yiddish,Romani Chib.
Religion: In practice, Sweden is very secularized. The Church of Sweden isevangelical Lutheran; co-exists with many other beliefs.
Life expectancy: Men 79 years, women 83 years.

Educational scenario in Sweden

Historical, social, economic and intellectual forces have highly impacted higher education system in Sweden. Some of these factors are peculiar to the country, while some others are due to the changing educational scenario globally. One of the most important features of the Swedish higher education system has been its united mission and its emphasis on shared purposes. In fact, to achieve this objective, the institutions have been divided into research and teaching institutions. The universities in the country consist of both traditional faculties as well as the new professional institutions that were incorporated after 1977. To ensure that undergraduate education is not starved of resources, an emphasis has been put on ensuring that there is enough cooperation between research and teaching. The public universities and university colleges award academic degrees. Besides the general academic degrees, the higher institutions in the country also award professional degrees in the fields of engineering, law and medicine. However, these degrees have a tenure that is longer than the Master’s degree. University education is free of charge for both Swede as well as foreign students. Students belonging to the country also receive economic assistance from the government. Although higher education is free in the country, students do have to incur sufficient expenses. Debts after studies may be somewhere in the range of 15,000 and 40,000 euros depending upon the programme.

Admission seansons in Sweden

The academic session in the country is divided usually into two terms. While the autumn term runs from mid or late August till mid-January, the spring term stretches from mid January till the beginning of June. During Christmas, there is a two-week recess.


The academic session in the country is divided usually into two terms. While the autumn term runs from mid or late August till may.