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Sweden, the third largest country in the European Union, is located in Northern Europe. With a population of nearly 9.5 million, it has a low population density. Sweden remains a popular destination for its "nature tourism", receiving international visitors from the globe-over to enjoy its breath taking scenery and untouched wilderness. In contrast to this, are Sweden's cities- Stockholm which is well known for its rich cultural heritage and idyllic setting spread out across 14 islands; Gothenburg which is Sweden's second largest city offers multicultural experiences and a vibrant entertainment scene; Malmo which is a bustling cosmopolitan city.
In the year 2013, the Reputation Institute rated Sweden to be the second most reputable country world-wide. Sweden currently has nearly 30,000 international students in its vibrant study scene.
Swedish colleges and universities lay a strong emphasis on group work and work towards creating a forward thinking culture to keep students close to industry trends and connected to latest ideas. Higher education in Sweden encourages students to take on more responsibilities, personal initiatives and act independent. Generally, there is an informal and relaxed relationship between teachers and students in educational institutions making the study atmosphere an open, welcoming and warm one.
The Top Five
Here's a look at the top five Swedish universities as per the QS World University Rankings:
Students taking up masters degrees are generally offered the opportunity to practice the theory from their programmes. Most of these programmes are offered in close collaboration with the industry, to help students prepare for future employment.
Sweden is one of the world's most research intensive and innovative nations. Educational institutions such as Karolinska Institute, Lund University, and the Royal Institute of Technology have indulged in research activities that have contributed to the success of the country's high tech companies on a global scale.
Sweden spends nearly four percent of its GDP towards research and development, one of the highest rates in the world. This gives Sweden the leading position in areas such as nanotechnology, cancer research, and environmental technology. A major portion of the research conducted in the country, i.e. around 75 percent is funded by companies. These are considered investments and have helped organisations such as Sandvik, Ericsson, and the Volvo Group.
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