SWEDISH EDUCATION

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.

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From the age of one, children can be admitted to pre-school (förskola). Pre-schools help provide an environment that stimulates children’s development and learning, and enable parents to combine parenthood with work or studies. During the year before children start compulsory school, all children are offered a place in a pre-school class (förskoleklass), which combines the pedagogical methods of the pre-school with those of compulsory school. Between ages 6/7 and 15/16, children attend compulsory comprehensive school (grundskola), divided into three stages.

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.