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Statistical news from Statistics Sweden

2016-04-21 9:30 AM Nr 2016:83


Educational attainment of the population 2015:

Stockholm attracts the highly educated

Roughly one-fourth of the population aged 25-64 is highly educated, that is, has at least three years post secondary education. These people often live in greater urban areas and county seats. Many of the municipalities with a high share of highly educated persons are in Stockholm County. Among the ten municipalities with the highest share of highly educated persons, seven are located in Stockholm County.

Lund, Lomma, Uppsala, Umeå and Linköping are the five municipalities outside of Stockholm County that have the highest share of highly educated persons.

The high level of education in the greater Stockholm area can be largely explained by a labour market with many workplaces in industries that have a large share of highly educated persons, such as the financial and insurance sectors, education, public sector administration and defence. Further, higher education is offered on a large scale and the population is relatively young, with a higher level of formal education than older persons.

Municipalities with the largest percentage and number of inhabitants with at least three years of post-secondary education in 2015. Persons aged 25-64

Municipality

Share of
inhabitants
with at least
a three year
post-secondary
education
MunicipalityNumber of
inhabitants
with at least
a three year
post-secondary
education
Danderyd
57%
Stockholm
213 100
Lund
52%
Göteborg
104 300
Lomma
48%
Malmö
56 500
Lidingö
45%
Uppsala
44 200
Solna
43%
Lund
30 700
Täby
43%
Linköping
27 900
Uppsala
41%
Umeå
23 700
Stockholm
40%
Örebro
20 300
Sollentuna
39%
Västerås
20 000
Nacka
38%
Solna
19 400

In most counties the share of highly educated persons is significantly higher in the county seat and metropolitan areas compared to other municipalities in the county. With a few exceptions, the smaller municipalities have a larger share of persons with compulsory education as their highest level of education than the share of persons with post secondary education of 3 or more years.

The summary of all municipalities' educational levels can be found on Statistics Sweden's website and in the Statistics Database.

Level of education among the Swedish born and the foreign born

Foreign born persons have a somewhat lower level of education than those who were born in Sweden. Among foreign born persons there is a higher percentage of those who only have compulsory education than among Swedish born persons (20% and 10% respectively).

The difference with regard to longer post secondary education is small; 42 percent of Swedish born persons aged 25-64 have post secondary education compared to 40 percent of foreign born persons. The percentage of highly educated persons with at least three years of post secondary education is equal among Swedish born and foreign born persons, 26 percent.

A larger share of women than men are highly educated, both among Swedish born and foreign-born persons. Foreign born women have compulsory education to a somewhat greater extent than foreign born men. The opposite applies to Swedish born persons, where it is more common that men have compulsory education.

Level of education by Swedish born and foreign born persons (aged 25-64) and sex in 2015. Percent

Country of birth

Sex

Population
(number)
Compulsory
education
(%)
Upper
secondary
ed. (%)
Post
secondary
ed. less
than 3
years (%)
Post
secondary
education
3 years or
more (%)
Information
about
education
missing (%)
Total
Total
5 007 727 12 44 15 26 2
 
Women
2 464 755 10 41 16 31 1
 
Men
2 542 972 14 47 15 21 2
Swedish born persons
Total
3 888 337 10 47 16 26 0.4
 
Women
1 901 625 8 44 16 32 0.3
 
Men
1 986 712 13 51 15 21 0.5
Foreign born
Total
1 119 390 20 34 14 26 6
 
Women
563 130 20 32 14 29 5
 
Men
556 260 19 35 14 23 8
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