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Sweden’s capital is known for its beauty, friendliness, culture, high quality of life – and high quality of universities. Built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, Stockholm is also characterized by the fact that water is never far away.

The city’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University both make the world’s top 200 in the QS World University Rankings® 2014/15. Stockholm also boasts a number of well-known specialized institutions, including the Stockholm School of Economics and the Karolinska Institute, one of the world’s most prestigious medical universities.

What is there to do in Stockholm? Well, most tourists probably start with exploring the cobbled streets of the city's well-preserved medieval origins, a boat trip around the archipelago (island group) surrounding the main islands, or a visit to one of the many museums and galleries.

As a student, no doubt, you’ll also have plenty of opportunity to explore Stockholm’s buzzing nightlife, bohemian shops and cafes, or perhaps just take a break from studies by relaxing in the parklands of Djurgården Island.

QS ranked universities

More about Stockholm

Number of universities ranked by QS


Top ranked institution

KTH (110th in the world)



Students (% of total population)

3.8% (based on ranked institutions)

International students

11.0% (of students at ranked institutions)

Average tuition fees


Global Liveability Ranking

14th  (out of 140)

Mercer Cost of Living rank

38th  (out of 214)

Cost of a Big Mac


Cost of an iPad


Numbeo safety rank

210th  (out of 372)

Numbeo pollution rank

293rd  (out of 299)

Transparency International score

3rd  (out of 177)

Sources: QS World University Rankings; Global Liveability Ranking (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); Big Mac Index (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); iPad Index (Commsec); Cost of Living Survey (Mercer); Corruption Perceptions Index (Transparency International).

Written by Laura Bridgestock

The editor of, Laura oversees the site's editorial content and student forums. She also edits the QS Top Grad School Guide and contributes to market research reports including Students Online: Global Trends.

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