Living in Europe | Day care, schooling & family related issues | Sweden


Information about
Swedish schools, preschools,
parental and children benefits.

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If you have children, you should locate a preschool or school as early as possible. Contact the municipality where you are going to live in order to enroll the child, either to a Swedish-speaking preschool/school or an international preschool/school.



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Preschool (förskola) or day care allows you as a parent to work during the day while providing a safe and stimulating environment for your child. Your child can be at preschool from 6:30 to 18:30 (the opening hours can vary) every weekday except certain public holidays.

Fees are based on your household income as well as the number of children you currently have enrolled. All municipalities apply a system of maximum fees. This means that there is a cap on how high fees can be for a family. Every child is guaranteed a place in a preschool from the age of one, subject to certain regulations.

Find out more about preschools in your city by contacting your EURAXESS Centre



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Preschool class. All children are to be offered a place in a preschool class starting in the autumn term of the year they turn 6 until they start compulsory school.

Compulsory school is mandatory and is open to all children aged 7-16. It is composed of 9 school years and each school year consists of a fall and spring semester.

Upper secondary school is for young people aged 16-20. The school is free, non-compulsory schooling that young people can choose after completing compulsory school. Upper secondary consists of national programmes, specially designed programmes and individual programmes.

Contact your municipality to find out more about schools in your area and to enroll your child.

International schools. Contact your host university or the municipality where you are going to live.

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Children who live in Sweden start receiving a child allowance the month after their birth. The allowance is paid until the child turns 16.



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