Population in Sweden 2018, by level of education

The number of Swedes with higher education, a post-secondary education of three years or more, increased since 2000, while the number without decreased. In 2017, around 37 percent of the population had at least some level of post-secondary education. Among them, 21.7 percent had an upper secondary education of three years or more. During the fall semester 2017, 345,496 students were registered at universities or higher education institutions in Sweden, which is a higher number than the four previous years.

Higher share of the female population with higher education

     The share of women with a post-secondary education of three years or more was higher than the share of men: 32 percent of the female population compared with 21 percent of the male population. However, this was the opposite when it comes to post-graduate education. Fewer women, 1.2 percent of the female population, had this type of education, wheras 1.5 percent of the men had one.

Financial aid for students

     The financial aid for students in Sweden makes it possible for many to gain a higher education. In 2017, over 171 thousand students in Sweden received both subsidies and study loans Around 104 thousand of the students received neither, and around 50 thousand received subsidies but no loans.

Share of the population in Sweden in 2018, by level of education

Share of population
Primary and lower education (less than 9 years)4.1%
Lower secondary education (9 years)13.1%
Upper secondary education (less than 3 years)19.5%
Upper secondary education (3 years or more)23.4%
Post-secondary education (less than 3 years)14.5%
Post-secondary education (3 years or more)21.7%
Post-graduate education1.12%
No information about level of education2.7%
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Release date

April 2019



Survey time period


Age group

16 years and older

Supplementary notes

The numbers has been rounded from the source.

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