While Sweden has fewer universities in the ranking than some of its larger European counterparts, it punches above its weight relative to population size. 

“Sweden’s success is part of a wider trend of the Scandinavian countries’ strong performance in the ranking boasting a total of 27 institutions in total”, says Phil Baty, the editor of the Times Higher Education rankings.

Stockholm University has climbed the list during the last years. Ten years ago, in 2005, the University was on place 113, today in 2016 it is on place 64.

Phil Baty points out that the ranking shows us that the patterns are changing.

“This new ranking shows that we are facing what could amount to a major shake-up in the international student recruitment market in Europe. While the market leader, the UK, shoots itself in the foot and faces losing market share over restrictive study and work visa policies, anti-immigration rhetoric and prohibitively high tuition fees, other European countries are poised to capitalise and take more and more of the UK’s share of students.”

“While once students from India or China would have considered the UK their only study option, there is now an exciting and healthy competition opening up, and it could change the fortunes of entire institutions in the longer term.”