Alexandra, Sandra, and Mimi hope to get a better sense of what upper secondary schools are on offer.
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Alexandra, Sandra, and Mimi hope to get a better sense of what upper secondary schools are on offer. Credit: Richard Orange / Sveriges Radio
Jakob Durling, a teacher at Kista International School has been five times.
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Jakob Durling, a teacher at Kista International School has been five times. Credit: Richard Orange / Sveriges Radio

'It's a wake-up call for Stockholm's municipal schools'

4:45 min

Every year more than 20,000 teenagers crowd into a conference centre in southern Stockholm to be wooed by more than 150 upper secondary schools. Radio Sweden went to Gymnasiemässan to hear their pitches.

"This is Sweden's biggest fair when it comes to audience," says Alexander Vasiliou, co-founder of Dansgymnasiet, which offers an upper secondary education based around dance.

At his stall, two of his teachers put on regular performances to a background of thumping techno.

It's a huge contrast to the stalls for Stockholm's biggest municipality-run schools, which are arranged in a square in the centre of the room, all of the sporting the same simple orange logos.

Jakob Durling, a teacher who is attending the fair with his students from Kista International School, is convinced it is good for both private and municipal schools.

"It's a wake-up call for the muncipal schools to do a bit of PR," he says. "They have to wake up and see what the private schools are doing."

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