International students make up 10 percent of Sweden's capital Stockholm's total student population. Source: Shutterstock.

Sweden is a much-loved international student destination, and its popularity is only growing larger.

According to new research from Stockholm’s Academic Forum (Staf), international students now make up 10 percent of Swedish capital Stockholm’s total student population.

Over the past two years, Stockholm alone has seen a 14 percent increase in its international student numbers while the country on the whole saw an 8 percent rise overall.

So, where are the students coming to Stockholm from?

Ranking Country Number of students
1 Germany 725
2 Finland 689
3 China 659
4 France 483
5 India 333
6 Italy 331
7 Spain 281
8 Greece 270
9 US 261
10 The Netherlands 248

Enrollments from India saw the largest increase in numbers with a growth of 21 percent, earning the South Asian nation fifth place in the table.

Stockholm University has the largest number of international students in the city with 3,826, followed by KTH Royal Institute of Technology with 3,063 and the Karolinska Institute, Sweden’s most prestigious and well-known university of medicine, with 831.

In terms of percentages, The Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) has the highest ratio of students from overseas compared to domestic students. A total of 27 percent of SSE’s overall student population is made up by international students, a number which has seen a 12 percent increase over the last two years.


Stockholm is becoming increasingly popular with overseas students. Source: Yingchou Han/Unsplash.

Sweden saw a significant drop in international student applications in 2011, after introducing tuition fees for students from countries outside of the EU and EEA. But now, the country seems to have redeemed itself as the figures show Stockholm is close to the same numbers it saw prior to tuition fees.

For EU and EEA students, tuition remains free.

Staf is an organisation made up of the 18 institutions of higher education in Stockholm. The table reflects the total student numbers from their respective countries across these institutions.

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