Education and Schools in Stockholm
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As the country's capital, Stockholm is at the centre of education in Sweden. It hosts more international schools than any other Swedish city and is home to the University of Stockholm, one of the best in the country.
In addition to Swedish public education, expat parents also have the option of sending their children to one of the many private or international schools in Stockholm.
Public schools in Stockholm
Schooling in Sweden is compulsory and free in public schools for all children between the ages of seven and 16.
The majority of Swedish children go to public schools but instruction is in Swedish, so most expats choose to send their children to an international or private school instead. This allows expat children to be taught in their mother tongue and continue with a syllabus that is familiar to them.
Private schools in Stockholm
Private schools in Sweden are called Friskolor. These schools are independent and do not have to follow the Swedish National Syllabus, although some still choose to. There are only a few private schools in Stockholm, and generally the standard of education they offer is very high.
International schools in Stockholm
The international schools in Stockholm are the most popular choice for expat parents in the city. These schools often teach children in their home language and follow the syllabus of a specific country. There is, however, a high demand for places in international schools and as a result, there are usually long waiting lists. Tuition is also usually expensive.
These schools generally have classes taught in English or a different language, with Swedish language lessons forming part of the weekly syllabus.