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Yearbook of Educational Statistics 2015:

Just over 1.2 million highly educated, working age persons in Sweden

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2014-12-09 9.30

Just under half of Sweden’s 4.9 million inhabitants aged 25-64 have upper secondary education as their highest education. More than every third Swede aged 25-64 have some form of post secondary education. More than a quarter have at least a three-year post secondary education.

The Yearbook of Educational Statistics presents statistics on education in Sweden from a broad perspective. Here you can find information about types of schools, levels and types of education, and about students and teachers.

The following are some examples of the contents of the yearbook:

The level of education among Swedes has risen sharply over the last few years

As a result of the expansion of the education system and the demographic development, the level of education in Sweden has risen. Young people today are given a greater choice of education than older people experienced during their studies. This applies to upper secondary school, which the vast majority of people attend, as well as higher education.

Larger share of women are highly educated

41 percent of Swedish born persons have post secondary education compared to 39 percent of foreign born persons. A larger share of women than men are highly educated, among both Swedish born and foreign born persons.

Women and men choose education as before

Nursing and preschool teacher training dominate post secondary education among women, together with teacher training for compulsory school. One in four men had some form of engineering education.

Teacher-pupil ratio in compulsory school unchanged

The number of pupils per teacher (converted to full-time positions) in compulsory school is 12.1 for all teachers, which is virtually the same as last year. The teacher-pupil ratio varies considerably among schools and governing bodies. It is almost the same in independent schools as in municipal schools.

Trend towards fewer students in upper secondary school continues

This trend began during the 2008/09 academic year and will remain strong in the coming years. The reason is the lower birth rate at the end of the last century. Students on vocational programmes decreased the most, and the number of students in higher education preparatory programmes increased somewhat.

Education for doctors, psychologists and veterinarians had the most applicants

Among professional degree programmes with at least 100 admitted students, the programmes with the most applicants per admitted student were psychology (9.3), veterinary science (6.9) and medicine (5.8). Architecture and physiotherapy programmes also had more than 5 applicants per admitted student.

More women than men do higher education

The percentages of women and men among higher education students have remained approximately the same between 2002/03 and 2012/13, at around 60 percent women and 40 percent men.

Most doctoral students within medicine and health sciences

There were approximately 3 100 first-year doctoral students in 2013, which is almost 800 fewer than the previous year. Somewhat more men than women began third-cycle studies in 2013, about 53 percent men and 47 percent women. Medicine and health sciences are the most popular subject areas among doctoral students, with about 6 300 students.


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