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This is the Swedish school system

Swedish schools are for all children who live in Sweden. School is to be safe and offer peace and quiet so that everyone is able to work and thrive. This section is about how the pre-school class, compulsory education and upper-secondary education work in Sweden.

Preschool and other educational activities

For children between the ages of 1 and 6.

Preschool is for children between the ages of 1 and 6. Preschool is meant to be fun, safe and educational for all of the children who attend. If offered in the municipality, there may also be other educational activities for children between the ages of 1 and 12.

Pre-school class, compulsory education and recreation centres

For children between the ages of 6 and 16.

Most children begin in a pre-school class when they are 6 years old. After the pre-school class, they begin in the nine-year compulsory school. Recreation centres are a complement to the pre-school class and compulsory education and are intended to offer pupils a meaningful leisure time during times when their parents work or study.

Upper-secondary education

For young people between the ages of 16 and 20.

Young people who have finished Compulsory School may choose to continue studying in Upper Secondary school, which is voluntary and free of charge. The Upper Secondary school primarily consists of national programmes and introductory programmes. For young people with an intellectual disability, there is the Upper Secondary School for Pupils with Intllectual Disabilities, which is a four-year education.

Education programmes for adults

For those over the age of 16.

Having a diploma from compulsory school and upper-secondary school is often a prerequisite for being able to get a job. If you do not have a diploma from compulsory school or Upper Secondary School, you can earn one as an adult. An Upper Secondary Diploma is also a prerequisite to continue studying at a vocational college or for university studies.