Increasing numbers of Malmö residents have a higher education. At the same time, approximately one-third of job-seekers in Malmö lack an education beyond upper secondary school. The percentage of students who are eligible for upper secondary school has increased and the merit rating for students in the 9th grade has increased.

Merit rating for the 2019/20 school year

Post-secondary education in Malmö

Since the 2000s, Malmö has had a strong development in the proportion of highly educated compared with Stockholm and Gothenburg. 51.5 percent of Malmö's population has at least 3 years of post-secondary education, an increase of 18.9 percent from the year 2000. The corresponding figure for the whole of Sweden is 14.3 percent. It places Malmö in 23rd place out of 290 municipalities according to Statistiska Centralbyrån (2020). 

Percentage of Malmö's population having at least post-secondary education:

Merit rating in Malmö

The average merit rating of 235,8 in Malmö's municipal primary schools and the national average merit rating is (236,0). Stockholm has a significantly higher merit rating (256,8) than Malmö. Göteborg has a lower rating (229,2) (excluding recently immigrated pupils and pupils with unknown background).

Merit rating in Malmö

Upper secondary eligibility in Malmö

77.8 per cent of pupils in grade 9 were eligible for upper secondary school for the 2019/20 academic year, an increase of two percentage points from the previous academic year (excluding recently immigrated pupils and pupils with unknown background).

eligibility for upper secondary school 2019/20.

Children in preschool

The chances of being able to take advantage of teaching in primary school are greater among those children who have attended a high-quality preschool. Preschool has the potential to promote social equalization and early investments in preschool yields a high payoff in terms of lifelong learning. For these reasons, it is therefore important that as many children as possible attend a high-quality preschool.

  • The number of municipal preschools for 2021 was 199.
  • The number of children aged 1-5 in municipal preschools in 2021 was 15,800.
  • The proportion of children in municipal preschools 2020 (refers to 1-5 years) was 83 percent.
the proportion of children attending municipal preschool (1-5 years).