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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: October 2019

11 - An Overview of the Swedish Educational System with a Focus on Women in Computer Science

from Part III - Cultural Perspectives from the United States and Europe


Sweden is one of the most equal countries in the world and has been for several years (World Economic Forum, 2017; Swedish Institute, 2018). The ranking shows equality on a societal level, but in certain areas gender imbalance persists, for example, in education (Statistics Sweden, 2016). Education in Sweden, including postsecondary education, is free of charge for citizens of the European Union. Government financial contributions and favorable student loans are offered, as long as the study progress is satisfactory. Acceptance to study programs is based on grades from previous education, and in educational programs where practical skills are of importance such as art, design, and music, acceptance is also based on assessment of ability.