Stockholm University is a centre for higher education and research, organised into four faculties: natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, law and teacher training.

Education and research at Stockholm University make a difference. The University contributes to individual and social change through top quality education and outstanding research.

The idea of a modern university in the spirit of Enlightenment has characterised Stockholm University ever since its inception. Rooted in Europe's nearly one thousand-year-old university tradition, it is intimately associated with the emergence of contemporary society and the explosive development of science. In modern times, society has seen a fundamental transformation; education has gone from being something for a small elite to being for everyone, and research has changed the world for better or worse. The modern research university persists, however, with its basis in academic freedom, collegial governance, and research-based education.

Research at Stockholm University has high impact

The University's researchers are active in debate and social development and are among the most cited in the Nordic countries according to research organisation Nordforsk. The University's researchers contribute to the development of public policy and political decision making, engage in government investigations, participate in the media, leave comments on draft laws and are included in participate in several Nobel Prize Committees committees and international expert bodies.

Stockholm University is a major research university with an unusually strong focus on basic research. All research at the University should strive to be nationally leading and internationally prominent. Stockholm University is the largest in the country when it comes to both scientific areas – science and the humanities and social sciences – and the number of students is higher than at any other university.

The two scientific areas contrast each other when it comes to the scope of the University’s core operations: education is dominant in the humanities and social sciences, while research is dominant in science. The scientific areas should, based on their respective conditions, aim at having a good balance between research and education. In spite of their differences, many of the challenges the scientific areas face in terms of research and education are the same. They also have in common that research and education are closely connected and the University strives to develop collaboration across disciplinary boundaries.

Working culture

At Stockholm University everyone—managers, staff and students—contributes to a good atmosphere by actively promoting an excellent, supportive working environment and complying with applicable working environment policies. A good psychosocial working environment is imperative as it develops employees' creativity, and favourably influences his or her health, creating ideal conditions to perform well at work. Greater transparency and a supportive work culture create an opportunity for staff and students to have greater involvement and influence at work.

Stockholm University safeguards the collegial work in a decentralised organisation with strong independent departments. At the same time, an overarching goal for the University is to gradually strengthen the strategic work at all levels. The downsides of collegiality – the risk of deadlocks and inability to make priorities – are counteracted by active management at the scientific area and faculty level, as well as at the central level within the University.

Free and open society

Sweden is a free and open society. Its people have the right to take part in demonstrations, freedom of speech, a free press, the opportunity to move freely in nature and the right to scrutinise those in power. Openness is also about creating an equal society.

The principle of freedom of information means that the general public and the mass media have access to official records. This affords Swedish citizens clear insight into the activities of government and local authorities. Scrutiny is seen as valuable for a democracy, and transparency reduces the risk of power being abused. Access to official records also means that civil servants and others who work for the government are free to inform the media or outsiders. As a state university, staff working at Stockholm University has to follow these principles.


Most teaching and research activities at Stockholm University take place in the Frescati area just north of Stockholm city, which stretches from the Bergius Botanic Garden in the north to Sveaplan in the south. It is located in the middle of the world’s first national city park, and the area is characterised by beautiful nature, interesting architecture and modern art.

Here is more information about the campus at Stockholm University.

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