Swedish school for new arrivals


The Swedish education system in brief

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Your child can attend preschool from the time he or she is 1 year old. Play is an important element of preschool.

For your child aged 6

PLEASE NOTE! New law from autumn 2018 for children from the age of 6. It is compulsory for children to begin in a preschool class.

Preschool class is a separate type of school that involves a large component of creative work and play. Preschool class is free of charge. Preschool class is a compulsory type of school. All children attend comprehensive school from about the age of 7. Comprehensive school is compulsory, and compulsory schooling applies for years 1-9.  

Most young people then attend upper secondary school for three years. New arrivals who have received a permanent residence permit  are entitled to begin their upper secondary education before the end of the spring term in the year they turn 20; for asylum seekers this limit is the year they turn 18. However, there are also certain requirements for recognised grades from earlier education. Upper secondary school prepares pupils for university or university college, or for going on to employment without further education. 

Map of the Swedish Education System