Education in Sweden

The Swedish government attaches great importance to good education for the growing population. Therefore, the government is investing a lot of money in this sector, which is clearly paying off; Swedish school kids received the 22nd place at the last PISA test worldwide.

At the age of one year children attend free kindergartens until they are 6, where they play and learn, anyways it is not mandatory to attend this institution.

AT the age of 6 children attend a comprehensive school, which they leave after 10 years. This school period is mandatory for all adolescents and is divided into three sections that every schoolchild undergoes during his or her schooling. After they have finished the nine school years, the swedish compulsory schooling ends. However, there is the possibility to visit a secondary school, this possibility is taken by 63% of the students. In the last 3 years of their education,  children have their first opportunity to specialize, and to establish direction for future work.

This is probably the only problem of the Swedish education system, there is little opportunity to influence the educational plan. For example, courses in higher mathematics are only available in the 7th school year for one semester, the rest of the school time each child will be educated at the same level in each subject.

Primal at the age of 12 or 13 years, the students have more choices and selectable subjects. However, the number of eligible subjects varies from school to school, so the kids are usually educated together until the end of  comprehensive school.

After the child completed mandatory school, it gets to choose out of a wide pallet of choices for his future career path. From this point, there is also the possibility to attend a private school or various universities.