Startpage for Swedish National Agency for Higher Education

Please note! The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education was closed down on 31 December 2012. Instead two new agencies have been established: the Swedish Council for Higher Education and the Swedish Higher Education Authority. This website will continue to operate as the new agencies will have links to information it contains.  

Higher education in Sweden

Higher education in Sweden is provided by a wide range of institutions. They are founded on two sets of activities:
  • Teaching
  • Research
The activities also include an obligation to interact with the surrounding society, as well as ensuring that benefit is derived from their research findings.

An international perspective

  • Funding: Sweden devotes 1.67% of GDP to higher education and research, half of which goes towards research and third cycle (doctoral) programmes.
  • Expansion: Between 1995 and 2005, the number of students in higher education rose by about 50%. In 2010, there were 433,000 students enrolled in first (undergraduate) and second (Master's) cycle programmes.
  • Well-educated population: 32% of the Swedish population between 25 and 34 years has taken a minimum of 180 higher education credits, equivalent to three years of full-time study.
  • Disciplines: Sweden awards a high proportion of qualifications in medicine and health sciences.
  • Third cycle (doctoral) studies: Sweden awards a high number of doctorates: 2.7% in relation to the size of a typical age cohort.

Link to the Swedish Universities and University Colleges: Short Version of Annual Report 2012 »

Last updated: 2012-10-08
Contact: Lennart Ståhle, Email: