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Costs for the educational system in 2013-2017:

Costs of compulsory school continued to increase

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2018-10-29 9.30

The total cost for the educational system increased by 19 percent during the period 2013–2017.

The total cost of the educational system increased by 19 percent in the period from 2013 to 2017. The costs of pre-school education increased by 18 percent over the five-year period. In the same period, the number of enrolled children increased by 4 percent. The costs of compulsory school increased by 29 percent, while the costs of upper secondary school increased by 11 percent in the same period. The costs of tertiary education have increased by 10 percent since 2013. The number of full-time students decreased by 1 percent.

Comparisons are based on constant prices.

Costs for pre-school education, compulsory school, upper secondary school and university/institutions of higher education in 2013–2017 in constant prices, SEK millions

Costs per pupil in upper secondary school have risen by 10 percent

The cost per pupil in upper secondary school was SEK 124 300 in 2017, an increase of 10 percent from 2013. The cost per pupil in compulsory school has increased by 14 percent in the period from 2013 to 2017 and amounted to SEK 111 100. The cost per student in tertiary education was SEK 79 500 in 2017.

Sweden in fifteenth place among OECD countries

In 2017, the OECD average of education costs as a share of GDP was 5.2 percent. Among OECD countries, Great Britain had the highest share, 6.6 percent. Denmark was in second place with 6.5 percent, and Sweden was in fifteenth place with 5.4 percent. The lowest education costs as a share of GDP was in Luxemburg, with 3.6 percent.

All information on the costs of education is a compilation of material that has already been published by statistical agencies other than Statistics Sweden and the OECD (Education at a Glance).


A more detailed report of this survey is published in a Statistical Report.

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