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The Swedish Way

Wondering what it's like to study in Sweden? Let us tell you. Sweden is a country of opportunities. It’s a place of forest, mountains and lakes. But it’s also a place for innovation and sustainability. Here you can express your opinions freely and be who you want to be, how you want to be.

Gender equality and equal opportunities

Equal power and influence for women and men – that's what Sweden is aiming for. All information about SLU’s work on theese subjects are gathered on one page. Here, you can find information on current gender mainstreaming efforts and information and support linked to the work with equal opportunities.

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Study the Swedish way

Are you on your way to Sweden and wondering what it’s like to study here? Well, get ready to question the way things have always been done. Studying in Sweden comes with critical thinking, freedom and responsibility.

Swedish map with main campuses

Sweden in facts and figures

Capital: Stockholm
Official language: Swedish
Population: 10.5 million
Area: 528,447 sq km, the fifth largest country in Europe.
Life expectancy: Women 84 years, men 81 years,
Foreign-born inhabitants: 20 per cent
Religion: The Church of Sweden is Evangelical Lutheran, but there are also many other religions and faiths in the country.
Government: Constitutional monarchy, with parliamentary democracy. Political power lies with the parliament and Government. The monarch has ceremonial functions.
National day: 6 June
Currency: Swedish krona (SEK)
Traffic: Drive on the right-hand side
Education: Ten years compulsory schooling. Over 40 per cent continue onto higher education.
Working hours: A standard working week is 40 hours. Minimum paid vacation is five weeks per year (25 working days).
International calling code: +46
Further information: www.sweden.se

Our campuses

SLU has facilities and activities in many parts of Sweden and can therefore rightly call itself Sweden's longest university. Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala are the main locations for our international degree programmes but we conduct education, research, experimentation and environmental monotoring and assessments in several other places in Sweden.

Living in Sweden

Free speech, free press and transparency. Welcome to Sweden.

SLU's global contribution to Agenda 2030

SLU contributes to the Global Goals of Agenda 2030 by developing knowledge and capacity for sustainable management and use of natural resources. Since many decades, the university has extensive development research and collaborations that contribute to sustainable development also internationally. Here we present resources and information about SLU activities tied to Agenda 2030, with a focus on international collaboration.

Published: 13 December 2022 - Page editor: study@slu.se