Education in Sweden is mandatory for all children between the age of 7 and age of 16. The school year in Sweden runs from mid/late August to early/mid-June.
The vast majority of schools in Sweden are municipally run, but there are also autonomous and publicly funded schools, known as “independent schools”. The education in independent schools has many objectives in common with the municipal school, but it can have an orientation that differs from that of the municipal schools. A handful of boarding schools, known as “private schools”, are funded by privately paid tuition.
Both upper secondary school and university studies are financed by taxes. Some Swedes go straight to work after secondary school.