Sweden can rightly claim to be one of the most innovative and forward-thinking countries in Europe. As the home of the Nobel Prize, the country has a long history of recognising and valuing intellectual excellence. Meanwhile, Swedish ingenuity lies behind some of the modern world's most iconic businesses, brands and services: from Ikea and Volvo to Spotify and H&M.
Sweden's universities have played a key role in supporting and underpinning many of these achievements, but just how well do they do on the global stage?
The answer may surprise you. Despite only having 35 universities, Sweden's historic higher education institutions are represented in all major university rankings.
This page summarises the results for Swedish universities in 2018.
The following table gives the 11 best universities in Sweden, according to global rankings.
Each ranking system uses its own methodology, with different factors having more or less influence on a university's result.
For more information on using international rankings as a postgraduate, see our guide.
|University||THE 2018||QS 2018||ARWU 2017|
|KTH Royal Institute of Technology||=173||=98||201-300|
|University of Gothenburg||=198||283||151-200|
|Chalmers University of Technology||201-250||133||201-300|
|Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences||251-300||-||201-300|
|Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.|
International rankings use all sorts of metrics to assess universities and they aren't all equally relevant to postgraduate study. That's why we've put together a guide to university rankings for Masters students.
As the above table demonstrates, Sweden performs impressively in international tables. In fact, Sweden is one of only four European countries to feature in the current Times Higher Education top 40. 11 Swedish institutions feature in the table overall. Not at all bad for a country with fewer than 10 million people.
Last updated - 08/01/2018