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Why international students are flocking to Stockholm

Students in the library at Stockholm University. Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Published: 22.Feb.2019 10:07 hrs

In the past three years, the number of international university students making their way to Stockholm has increased by a staggering 20 percent – and the quality of education is not the only reason. The Local takes a closer look at the reasons why.

In a report released this week by the Stockholm Academic Forum (Staf), the number of international students in Stockholm have now reached almost 10,000, accounting for as much as 11 percent of the total student population. This is a 20 percent rise in the past three years alone, and Chinese students are for the first time spearheading the development, followed closely by Finnish, German and French students.

"It's a really positive trend, and we're now at looking at the same levels that we'd reached before 2011," Staf CEO Maria Fogelström Kylberg told The Local, referring to Sweden's 2011 introduction of tuition fees for non-EU students which translated into a sudden drop in international student numbers.

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