More Swedish students choose university

More Swedish students choose university
While an increasing number of Swedish high school students are choosing to go to university, the gap between the number of students from affluent compared to challenged areas is widening, according to a new report by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket).

The figures, presented to the government on Thursday, show that the number of high school graduates choosing to go to university is increasing.

At the same time, a study carried out by the agency shows a great divide between Sweden’s more wealthy municipalities and those which are less affluent when it comes to the number of students who go on to university.

In Norrtälje, north of Stockholm, only 33 percent of all inhabitants over 24 have studied at university level, according to the report. Among the 26 municipalities in Stockholm county the average is 48.4 percent.

Among those that turned 24 years of age last year, 43.6 percent on average had studied at a university. There are still more women than men that enroll, 51.6 percent compared to 36.0 percent.

Upscale Stockholm municipalities Danderyd and Lidingö are at the top of the list measuring the number of high school grads moving on to university with 76 percent and 72 percent, respectively.

Munkfors, in rural community of roughly 3,000 in Värmland County, did worst with only 17.6 percent of all 24-year-olds having studied at a university.

Some 60 of Sweden’s 290 municipalities showed figures equaling those of Norrtälje or below.

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