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Many young Swedes less educated than their parents

Updated tisdag 24 november 2015 kl 15.06
Published tisdag 24 november 2015 kl 11.52
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Despite free higher education, the proportion of Swedes expected to graduate with a Bachelor's degree is less than the OECD average. Lund University is pictured here. File photo: Johan Nilsson / TT

More than a quarter of Swedes aged 25 and 34 have less education than their parents, according to the newly published annual "Education at a Glance" report, published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

No other country in the comparative report had as high a proportion of young people who have less education than their parents than Sweden, at 28 percent. The average among the roughly 20 countries figuring into the study was 16 percent, and the report stated that it was worth pointing out this phenomenon, considering that higher education in Sweden is free.

Forty-five percent of Swedes are expected to graduate with a Bachelor's degree, which is less than the OECD average of 55 percent. On the other hand, 24 percent of Swedes are expected to graduate with a Masters, which is more than the OECD average of 19 percent.

At 570 pages, however, the report includes information on many aspects of education. Thomas Weko, who presented the report at the Swedish government's administrative offices in Stockholm, said that the report gave a bird's-eye view of the system. 

"It helps us understand more broadly some of the accomplishments of Swedish education, particularly as a legacy of equality, as well as the challenges of quality, with which it's now wrestling," said Weko.

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