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Contents

Sweden:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Sweden:Historical Development

Sweden:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Sweden:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Sweden:Political and Economic Situation

Sweden:Organisation and Governance

Sweden:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Sweden:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Sweden:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Sweden:Organisation of Private Education

Sweden:National Qualifications Framework

Sweden:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Sweden:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Sweden:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Sweden:Funding in Education

Sweden:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Sweden:Higher Education Funding

Sweden:Adult Education and Training Funding

Sweden:Early Childhood Education and Care

Sweden:Organisation of Programmes for Pre-Primary Education

Sweden:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Pre-Primary Education

Sweden:Assessment in Programmes for Pre-Primary Education

Sweden:Organisation of the Pre-Primary Class

Sweden:Teaching and Learning in the Pre-Primary Class

Sweden:Assessment in the Pre-Primary Class

Sweden:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Sweden:Single Structure Education (Integrated Primary and Lower Secondary Education)

Sweden:Organisation of Single Structure Education

Sweden:Teaching and Learning in Single Structure Education

Sweden:Assessment in Single Structure Education

Sweden:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Single Structure Education

Sweden:Upper Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Sweden:Organisation of Upper General and Vocational Secondary Education

Sweden:Teaching and Learning in Upper General and Vocational Secondary Education

Sweden:Assessment in Upper General and Vocational Secondary Education

Sweden:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Sweden:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Sweden:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Sweden:Higher Education

Sweden:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Sweden:First Cycle Programmes

Sweden:Bachelor

Sweden:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Sweden:Second Cycle Programmes

Sweden:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Sweden:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Sweden:Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Distribution of Responsibilities

Sweden:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Sweden:Main Providers

Sweden:Main Types of Provision

Sweden:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Sweden:Teachers and Education Staff

Sweden:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Sweden:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Sweden:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Sweden:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Management and Other Education Staff

Sweden:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Sweden:Management Staff for Higher Education

Sweden:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Sweden:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Quality Assurance

Sweden:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Sweden:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Educational Support and Guidance

Sweden:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Sweden:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Sweden:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Sweden:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Sweden:Mobility and Internationalisation

Sweden:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Mobility in Higher Education

Sweden:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Sweden:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Sweden:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Sweden:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Sweden:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Sweden:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Sweden:National Reforms in School Education

Sweden:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Sweden:National Reforms in Higher Education

Sweden:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Sweden:European Perspective

Sweden:Legislation

Sweden:Institutions

Sweden:Glossary


Governing institutions

Regeringen

Regeringskansliet

103 33 Stockholm

Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)8- 405 10 00

Website: http://www.regeringen.se

Regeringen (the Swedish government) implements the parliament's decisions and draws up proposals for new laws and law amendments. The parliament appoints a prime minister who is given the task of forming a government. The government is assisted in its work by the government offices and around 340 public authorities.


Riksdagen

Sveriges riksdag

100 12 Stockholm

Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)8- 786 40 00

Email: riksdagsinformation@riksdagen.se

Website: http://www.riksdagen.se

Riksdagen (the Swedish parliament) has legislative power. It has 349 members representing different political parties that are elected through general elections every fourth year. The number of members each party is represented by depends on the proportion of votes it receives in the election. A party needs to receive at least four percent of the votes to be included in the parliament. 


Ministries

Arbetsmarknadsdepartementet

Fredsgatan 8

111 52 Stockholm 

Phone: +46 (0)8- 405 10 00

E-mail: arbetsmarknadsdepartementet.registrator@regeringskansliet.se

Website: http://www.government.se/government-of-sweden/ministry-of-employment/

Arbetsmarknadsdepartementet (Ministry of Employment) deals with issues that concern a well-functioning labour market. This includes measures to get young people into work, matching, labour-market policy programmes, unemployment insurance as well as issues on labour law and work environment. The Ministry is also responsible for coordinating the introduction of newly arrived immigrants.


Finansdepartementet 

Jakobsgatan 24

111 52 Stockholm

Phone: +46 (0)8- 405 10 00

E-mail: finansdepartementet.registrator@regeringskansliet.se

Website: http://www.government.se/government-of-sweden/ministry-of-finance/

Finansdepartementet (Ministry of Finance) is responsible for issues concerning central government finances, including coordination of the central government budget, forecasts and analyses, tax issues, and management and administration of central government activities. The Ministry is also responsible for matters concerning financial markets and consumer legislation.


Kulturdepartementet

Drottninggatan 16 

111 51 Stockholm

Phone: +46 (0)8- 405 10 00

E-mail: kulturdepartementet.registrator@regeringskansliet.se

Website: http://www.government.se/government-of-sweden/ministry-of-culture/

Kulturdepartementet (Ministry of Culture) is responsible for issues relating to culture, media, democracy, human rights at national level, the national minorities and the language and culture of the Sami people. The Ministry is also responsible for anti-discrimination work and issues concerning civil society, faith communities and burial and cremation services.


Näringsdepartementet

Mäster Samuelsgatan 70

111 21 Stockholm

Phone: +46 (0)8- 405 10 00

E-mail: naringsdepartementet.registrator@regeringskansliet.se

Website: http://www.government.se/government-of-sweden/ministry-of-enterprise-and-innovation/​

Näringsdepartementet (Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation) is responsible for matters relating to housing, urban development, state-owned enterprises, information technology, enterprise and industrial policy, rural affairs, regional growth, post issues and infrastructure.


Utbildningsdepartementet 

Drottninggatan 16 

111 51 Stockholm

Phone: +46 (0)8- 405 10 00

E-mail: utbildningsdepartementet.registrator@regeringskansliet.se

Website: http://www.government.se/government-of-sweden/ministry-of-education-and-research/ 

Utbildningsdepartementet (Ministry of Education and Research) is responsible for the government’s education, research and youth policy. The Ministry works on issues including school performance, conditions for teachers, study financing and living conditions for young people.


Public authorities

Arbetsförmedlingen

Hälsingegatan 38

113 99 Stockholm

Phone: +46 (0)771- 416 416

Website: http://www.arbetsformedlingen.se/

Arbetsförmedlingen (The Swedish Public Employment Service) is a an administrative authority under the Minstry of Employment (Arbetsmarknadsdepartementet). Arbetsförmedlingen provides employment services to both jobseekers and employers, prioritising those who are furthest removed from the labour market.


Centrala studiestödsnämnden (CSN)

851 82 Sundsvall

Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)771- 276 000

Website: http://www.csn.se/

Centrala studiestödsnämnden (CSN) is an administrative authority responsible for the Swedish student aid system. It approves and sends out grants as well as loans to students. It also handles repayment of the loans.


Forum för levande historia

Box 2123

103 13 Stockholm

Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)8- 723 8750

Email: info@levandehistoria.se

Website: http://www.levandehistoria.se

Forum för levande historia (The Living History Forum) is a Swedish public authority which, using the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity as a starting point, works with issues on tolerance, democracy and human rights.


Myndigheten för ungdoms- och civilsamhällsfrågor

The Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society

Box 17 801

118 94 Stockholm

Phone: +46 (0)8- 566 219 00

E-mail: info@mucf.se

Website: http://www.mucf.se/

Myndigheten för ungdoms- och civilsamhällsfrågor (The Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society) is an administrative authority under the Ministry of Education and Research (Utbildningsdepartementet). The agency works to ensure that young people have access to influence and welfare. The agency also supports the government in issues relating to civil society policy.


Myndigheten för yrkeshögskolan

Box 145

721 05 Västerås

Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)10- 209 01 00

Email: info@myh.se

Website: https://www.myh.se

Myndigheten för yrkeshögskolan (the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education) is an administrative authority that decides on which programmes that qualify to be offered as higher vocational education programmes in Sweden. It allocates government grants, carries out inspections and handles enquiries and complaints regarding courses and programmes within the Swedish higher vocational education system. It is also responsible for coordinating and supporting a national framework for recognition of prior learning, as well as serving as a national coordination point for the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). 


Riksbanken

Brunkebergstorg 11

103 37 Stockholm

Phone: +46 (0)8- 787 00 00

E-mail: registratorn@riksbank.se

Website: http://www.riksbank.se/

Riksbanken (The Riksbank) is Sweden's central bank and an authority under The Swedish parliament (riksdagen). Riksbanken is responsible for monetary policy with the objective to maintain price stability. It has also been given the task to promote a safe and efficient payment system. It determines the level of its policy rate, the repo rate, to influence inflation and economic developments.


Riksgälden

103 74 Stockholm

Phone: +46 (0)8- 613 45 00

E-mail: riksgalden@riksgalden.se

Website: http://www.riksgalden.se/

Riksgälden (The Swedish National Debt Office) is an administrative authority under the Ministry of Finance (Finansdepartementet) and the central government financial manager. Riksgälden plays an important role within central government, on financial markets and in the national economy.


Sameskolstyrelsen

Box 155

962 24 Jokkmokk

Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)971- 442 00

Email: sameskolstyrelsen@sameskolstyrelsen.se

Website: http://www.sameskolstyrelsen.se/

Sameskolstyrelsen (The Sami School Board) is an administrative authority under the Ministry of Education and Research (Utbildningsdepartementet) and is the responsible authority for the five sami schools in Sweden. 


Skolinspektionen

Box 23069

104 35 Stockholm

Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)8- 586 080 00

Email: skolinspektionen@skolinspektionen.se

Website: https://www.skolinspektionen.se

Skolinspektionen (the Swedish Schools Inspectorate) is a public authority under the Ministry of Education and Research (Utbildningsdepartementet) that scrutinises schools and assesses applications to run grant-aided independent schools. People are also able to turn to the Swedish Schools Inspectorate if they believe a school doesn't comply with current legislation and regulations. 


Skolverket

106 20 Stockholm

Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)8- 527 332 00

Website: http://www.skolverket.se

Skolverket (the Swedish National Agency for Education) is the central administrative authority for the Swedish school and preschool system. The agency is under the Ministry of Education and Research (Utbildningsdepartementet) and actively works for the attainment of the goals and guidelines that the parliament and the government set out, i.a. the Education Act and the curricula. It also provides support for the development of preschools and schools by for example developing and disseminating new knowledge within the pedagogical and educational field.


Skolväsendets överklagandenämnd

Box 23069

104 35 Stockholm

Phone: +46 (0)8- 729 77 60

E-mail: overklagandenamnden@overklagandenamnden.se 

Website: http://www.overklagandenamnden.se/

Skolväsendets överklagandenämnd (The Board of Appeal for Education) is an independent authority similar to a court of law to which students or their guardians can turn to appeal certain decisions made in connection with preschool classes, compulsory schools, upper secondary schools and adult education. 


Specialpedagogiska skolmyndigheten

Box 1100

871 29 Härnösand

Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)10- 473 50 00

Email: spsm@spsm.se

Website: https://www.spsm.se

Specialpedagogiska skolmyndigheten (the National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools) is a public authority under the Ministry of Education and Research (Utbildningsdepartementet) which works to ensure that children, young people and adults have adequate conditions to fulfil their educational goals, regardless of functional ability. This is done through special needs support, education in special needs schools, accessible teaching materials and government funding. 


Statens kulturråd

Box 27215

102 53 Stockholm

Phone: +46 (0)8- 519 264 00

Email: kulturradet@kulturradet.se

Website: http://www.kulturradet.se

Statens kulturråd (the Swedish Arts Council) is a public authority under the Ministry of Culture (Kulturdepartementet


Tillväxtverket

The Swedish Agency for Economical and Regional Growth

Box 4044

102 61 Stockholm

Sweden 

Phone: +46 (0)8- 681 91 00

E-mail: tillvaxtverket@tillvaxtverket.se

Website: http://tillvaxtverket.se/

Tillväxtverket (The Swedish Agency for Economical and Regional Growth) is an administrative authority under the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation (Näringsdepartementet). The agency promotes economic growth in Sweden by increasing the competitiveness of companies, facilitating entrepreneurship and creating attractive environments for companies in the regions.


Universitets- och högskolerådet

Box 45093

104 30 Stockholm

Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)10- 470 03 00

Email: registrator@uhr.se

Website: https://www.uhr.se

Universitets- och högskolerådet (the Swedish Council for Higher Education) is under the Ministry of Education and Research (Utbildningsdepartementet)  and has responsibilities that span across the education sector, with higher education as one of the main focus areas. The agency is responsible for providing information about higher education, administering admission to study programmes on behalf of higher education institutions, recognising qualifications from abroad and promoting participation in international collaboration (e.g. national agency for Erasmus+).


Universitetskanslersämbetet

Box 7703

103 95 Stockholm

Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)8- 563 085 00

Email: registrator@uka.se

Website: http://www.uka.se

Universitetskanslersämbetet (the Swedish Higher Education Authority) is a publig authority under the Ministry of Education and Research (Utbildningsdepartementet) and is responsible for ensuring that higher education institutions comply with relevant legislation and regulations. It is also responsible for reviewing the quality of higher education, granting degree awarding powers, monitoring how efficiently the higher education institutions operate and for gathering and presenting official statistics on higher education in Sweden. It should also monitor trends and developments in higher education and encourage the professional development of administrators. 


Other institutions

Friskolornas riksförbund

Box 55545

102 04 Stockholm

Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)8- 762 77 58

Email: info@friskola.se

Website: http://www.friskola.se

Friskolornas riksförbund (the Swedish Association of Independent Schools) is an employers' organisation for independent preschools and schools in Sweden. 


Folkbildningsrådet

Box 38074

100 64 Stockholm

Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)8- 412 48 00

Email: info@folkbildningsradet.se

Website: http://www.folkbildningsradet.se

Folkbildningsrådet (the Swedish National Council of Adult Education) is a non-profit association with certain authoritative tasks delegated by the government and the parliament. It distributes government grants to study associations and folk high schools, submits budgetary documentation and annual reports to the government and follows up and evaluates folkbildning activities. The organisation has three members: Rörelsefolkhögskolornas intresseorganisation, Studieförbunden and Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting. 


Lärarnas riksförbund

The National Union of Teachers in Sweden

Box 3529

103 69 Stockholm

Phone: +46 (0)8- 613 27 00

E-mail: lr@lr.se

Website: http://www.lr.se/

Lärarnas Riksförbund (The National Union of Teachers in Sweden) is an academic trade union which organises qualified teachers, study advisors and vocational guidance officers.


Nordiska ministerrådet

Nordic Council of Ministers

 Ved Stranden 18

1061 Köpenhamn K

Phone: +45 (0)- 33 96 02 00

E-mail: nmr@norden.org

Website: http://www.norden.org/

Nordiska ministerrådet (The Nordic Council of Ministers) is the official inter-governmental body for co-operation in the Nordic region. The prime ministers of the Nordic countries have the superior responsibility for the co-operation. The presidency in Nordiska ministerrådet runs one year at a time and alternates between the five member countries.


Rörelsefolkhögskolornas intresseorganisation (RIO)

Box 38074

100 64 Stockholm

Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)8- 412 48 90

Email: rio@folkbildning.net

Website: http://www.rio-org.se

Rörelsefolkhögskolornas intresseorganisation (the Interest Organization for Popular Movement Folk High Schools) is the umbrella organisation for Swedish folk high schools owned by civil society organisations.


Studieförbunden

Dalagatan 7

111 23 Stockholm

Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)8- 402 01 50

Email: info@studieforbunden.se

Website: http://studieforbunden.se

Studieförbunden (the Swedish Adult Education Association) is the interest organisation of the Swedish study associations.


Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting (SKL)

118 82 Stockholm

Sweden

Phone: +46 (0)8- 452 70 00

Email: info@skl.se

Website: http://skl.se

Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting (the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions) is an employers' organisation for local government in Sweden. All of Sweden's municipalities, county councils and regions are members. 


Sveriges Skolledarförbund

The Swedish Association of School Principals and Directors of Education

 Box 3266

103 65 Stockholm

Phone: +46 (0)8- 567 062 00

E-mail: info@skolledarna.se

Website: http://www.skolledarna.se/

Sveriges Skolledarförbund (The Swedish Association of School Principals and Directors of Education) is an association with a majority of Sweden’s head teachers and directors of education as members. Sveriges Skolledarförbund strives to be the natural union for leaders in the school and educational sectors.