A school Örnsköldsvik, northern Sweden.

Swedish schools mediocre – and far off Finland: Rankings

Sweden has been ranked 21st of 40 countries in terms of education, while Finland tops the list compiled for the US education firm Pearson.

An analysis of the rankings, which take into account international test results and data such as graduation rates, says a country's attitude towards education is more important than money in creating a good education system.

Competent teachers are also a factor, clearly seen in the case of Finland and South Korea, which finished second, news agency TT reports.

One difference between Sweden and Finland is that aspiring teachers face tough competition applying to teacher's academies, while their Swedish counterparts struggle to fill places.

Another is that parents in Finland cannot freely decide which school they want their children to attend, as has been the case in Sweden since 1992.

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