Anders Lovén, a lecturer at Malmö University, has interviewed 20–21-year-olds who dropped out of high school.
"These teenagers are calling for someone who cares and, at the same time, sets demands. When I ask them what they would say to themselves at 16, they clearly answer: 'Straighten yourself out!'," Anders Lovén said.
In the municipality with the highest rate of on-time graduates, 88 percent of students completed their high school programmes on time.
According to the Swedish Association of Municipalities and Regions, SKL, which presented the figures on Monday, schools should place confidence in their students to get them to finish on time, among other measures.