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Stockholm ranked among world's top student cities

Oliver Gee · 15 Feb 2012, 12:50

Published: 15 Feb 2012 12:50 GMT+01:00

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The list, compiled by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), is based a set of 12 criteria which take into consideration public information, population size, number of universities and their quality based on the QS World University Rankings.

According to the ranking, the Swedish capital is the 27th best student city in the world.

Nordic neighbour Helsinki came close behind Sweden’s capital at number 33, while Copenhagen was came in 39th.

Topping the list this year was Paris, followed by London, Boston, Melbourne and Vienna.

Glasgow came in last place, just after Bangkok, and Cairo.

The compilation is the first that the company has released and shows a few clear trends, most noticeably the heavy presence of European cities compared to cities in the United States.

While 21 of the top 50 cities were European, only six were based in the United States.

Stockholm's ranking is based on the city having four institutions of higher learning -- Stockholm University, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Karolinska University, and the Stockholm School of Economics (Handelshögskola).

According to the company's rankings, the city’s top university is Stockholm University, which places 178 worldwide.

Two of Stockholm's schools charge fees which average fees are $19,300 a year, according to the ranking.

Boston, by comparison, came in third on the list and has average university fees of $39,600.

In addition, 9 percent of Stockholm's population of 1,373,000 people are students (48,900).

QS’s figures also revealed that 67 percent of domestic employers identified at least one of Stockholm's institutions as producing excellent graduates. The comparable rate for international employers was 53 percent.

While quality of living in the capital was rated as extremely high at 94 out of 100, affordability was the main detractor of the city, rated as 34 out of 100.

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Oliver Gee (oliver.gee@thelocal.se)

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13:35 February 15, 2012 by EP
9% of the city populationa re students with 50% of them being 50 or over and stillt rying to find themselves or too stressed to join the workforce and pay taxes ...
13:44 February 15, 2012 by star10
You call 27th among the best? Copenhagen and Helsinki are no matches to Stockholm. They are too boring be even to compare with Stockholm. I love Stockholm!
14:33 February 15, 2012 by acidcritic
I agree with the ranking and with star10. Helsinski and Copenhagen are truly boring. Besides none of them has the landskape that surrounds Stockholm. In France and Germany there are beatiful cities, unfortunately they are full of germans, respectively frenchs.
15:23 February 15, 2012 by Vill
This source lost all credibility when it placed Mexico City on the listing. Also, Stockholm is too far down on the list.
15:29 February 15, 2012 by Scepticion
Some paper-pusher that never left the office must have made the chart. Student housing is horrible in the Stockholm area.


15:33 February 15, 2012 by Atlas
Love the irony...Ranked one of the best student cities in the world...while housing for students still is a big issue...One has to wonder, what criteria did they use, and i guess housing is not among them...
15:38 February 15, 2012 by StockholmSam
"In addition, 9 percent of Stockholm's population of 1,373,000 people are students (48,900)"

With math skills like that, the rankings must not have taken into account academic quality.
16:39 February 15, 2012 by LimpFish
Ahahahaha! The worst place for students to get flats, mediocre to poor nightlife and terrible weather...It is a great town but we have to admit it is among the worst capitals in Europe to study!
17:01 February 15, 2012 by hatim

Please explain why Stockholm is a great town? Whats so great about it comparing to any other capital in Western Europe?
17:44 February 15, 2012 by LimpFish
It is very pretty and organized and can provide among the best urban landscapes for walking. Personally these factors are sufficient to make a town great. It is a matter of personal preference and justifying that is quite irrelevant.
20:14 February 15, 2012 by philster61
I am now able to masterbate again after reading this...
20:15 February 15, 2012 by StockholmSam
This is obviously a ludicrous survey. While I have never been to Glasgow, I have been to Cairo. There is no way that a student would have a better quality of life in Cairo than in Glasgow. Cairo is a sh*thole where nothing works and you cannot find a clean fork to save your life. Hell, you cannot even drink the water there. If you asked the students who live in Glasgow and Cairo if they would like to swap places, I doubt very seriously that any in Glasgow would want to...and that any in Cairo would not want to.
22:25 February 15, 2012 by BillyB
The best thing about Paris is that it doesn't take too long to get to London from there
22:40 February 15, 2012 by cupidcub
Yeah.. where students need to stay in the queue for 3 years to get a student housing while doing a 1 or 2 years masters.. BEST it is... lol
08:02 February 16, 2012 by hammad674
Apart from other problems which most International student familiar of (and don't needed to discuss), I would only comment on the following in the article ...

"QS's figures also revealed that 67 percent of domestic employers identified at least one of Stockholm's institutions as producing excellent graduates" BUT my concern is what use of such recognition when they (Employers) are still stuck to Language Issues when it comes to job offers. I doubt that if Sweden would ever be able to grow outside Scandinavia with such attitude.
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