Three Swedish unis in world’s top 100: ranking

A ranking of the best 500 universities around the world saw three institutions from Sweden inside the top hundred, with Stockholm's Karolinska Institute finishing the highest of the three at 44th place.

Three Swedish unis in world's top 100: ranking

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) was released on Thursday by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and saw pleasing results for Sweden.

Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute fared the best in Sweden, placing 44th in the world. Uppsala University came in 73rd, with Stockholm University close behind at 82.

The news came as no surprise for Anders Hamsten, president of the Karolinska’s Medical Institute.

“The ranking was expected because it has been stable over the past ten years, but needless to say we are pleased,” he told The Local.

“What’s unique about us though is that we’re a one-faculty medical university competing favourably with traditional universities that have five or six faculties.”

He added that the Karolinska Institute is a research intense university, investing 85 percent of turnover into further research. This contributed to what he referred to as a “particularly pleasing” result in the Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy department, where the university finished 11th worldwide and first in Europe.

“Our objective is to further reinforce research performance, but we are very pleased with the outcome there,” he said.

The ranking is based on a number of criteria, including a look at the alumni and their success in the Nobel Prizes, the quality of staff, highly cited researchers, papers published, and academic performance per capita.

Also in the ARWU list were Lund University, which ranked in the 101-150 category, and the University of Gothenburg, which rated in the 151-200 category.

Six more Swedish universities made the cut inside the top 500. For the tenth year in a row, Harvard University in the US topped the list overall.

The Copenhagen University overtook Karolinska in 2013, making it the highest of all Scandinavian universities at 42nd. The leapfrog, however, is no skin off University President Anders Hamsted’s back.

“The University of Copenhagen is a traditional one with several faculties, unlike ours which has one. Of course, as we are all competitors, the ultimate goal is to rank as number one, but we don’t take the rivalry with our Scandinavian sister schools that seriously,” he told The Local.

“It’s like comparing apple and pears.”

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).