Sweden is ranked among the world leaders in higher education.

Despite its relatively small population of around 10 million, it’s home to some of the world’s best universities. It has a landmass approximately the size of California and a population of 10.5 million—slightly higher than metropolitan Chicago. 
Sweden is a constitutional monarchy with a democratic parliamentary system of government and has the world’s oldest freedom of the press act. Sweden consistently ranks at the top of global indices measuring the quality of life, education, health, democracy, equality, innovation and research, environmental sustainability, and creativity. Sweden’s free-market economic model is coupled with strong redistributive elements, including government-provided social safety-net programs.

There are around 50 universities and colleges in Sweden

​​​​​Most are state-run, but some are independent institutions of higher education, like the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Jönköping University, and Luleå University of Technology. Some of the oldest universities are based in Lund and Uppsala.

SIREUS University Members

Locations of the participating universities in Sweden are demonstrated on the map below.


Capital: Stockholm

Population: 10,452,326 people, 0.13% of the world’s population

Longest north-south distance: 1,572 km
Longest east-west distance: 499 km
Total area: 528,447 sq km, the fifth largest country in Europe and roughly the same size as California.

Education: Ten years of compulsory schooling, but most students continue to the three-year upper secondary school. Around one-third then proceed to higher education at universities and colleges throughout Sweden.