Home is best, say Swedish students

The notion that all graduates are lured by the bright lights of Stockholm once they leave university is a myth, according to a new report.

On the contrary, a majority would prefer to stay in the region where they were educated – and in that respect the regional colleges and universities fulfil an important need, claimed the Swedish Confederation for Professional Employees (TCO), which published the findings.

They would also prefer to study closer to home. TCO’s statistics show that on average 55% of students go to university in the county where they grew up.

When TCO asked 2,500 students where they would like to live after finishing their degrees, 63% said they want to stay in their study town, their home town or within the region.

Indeed, a majority (52%-55%) said they would stay in, or move back to, their home county after graduating, said the report.

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