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In this section you will find information about the Swedish school system, preschools and day care, schools, parental and children benefits and spouse support 

If you have children, you should locate a pre-school or school as early as possible. Contact the municipality of Gothenburg to enrol the child, either to a Swedish speaking preschool/school or an international preschool/school.

Pre-schools and schools

The Swedish school system consists of many different services and forms of education, but a brief overview is given below. You can read more on the website of the National Agency for Education.

Preschool - Preschool (förskola), also called day care or dagis in Swedish, allows you as a parent to work during the day while providing a safe and stimulating environment for your child. Your child can be at preschool from 6:30 to 18:30 every weekday except certain public holidays. There are also night open preschools.

Who can attend preschool?
All children living in Gothenburg can attend preschool from the age of 1, until the year they turn six and start in preschool class (förskoleklass). No Swedish personal ID number (personnummer) or co-ordination number (samordningsnummer) is required. Following the Swedish Education Act 2010:800 (Skollagen) the parents are required to work or study to have the right to place their child in preschool.

Applying for pre-school
You can apply for a place in preschool not earlier than six months before your child needs the place, and the waiting time can be up to 4 months. After 4 months (since application was received) the district where the child lives is required to offer a placement.

To apply to a preschool you send in an application form by paper to the district in Gothenburg where you will live. You can send an application before arriving to Gothenburg, if you know your address. If you change address before arrival, you can at any time contact preschool administration in the district and change the address in your application.
Read more about applying at Gothenburg City's website.

Fees are based on your household income as well as the number of children you currently have enrolled. The maximum monthly cost for your first child is SEK 1313 (0- 2 years old) SEK 875 (3 -5 years old); a successively lower cost then applies per additional child.

If the stay in Sweden is only for a short period of time (a week-six months) a preschool class might not be the best solution. There are some private companies that have engaged pedagogues, who also speak English. is one example. You will find more online.

Open preschool in Gothenburg
The open preschool (öppna förskolan) is for children from 0 to 6 years accompanied with their parents. Here, the child can meet and play with other children while parents can meet other adults. Trained preschool teachers are responsible for the planning of activities. It is free to visit the open preschool and you do not register in advance (except for some occasions). More information at Open preschool

Preschool class - Preschool classes (förskoleklass) are a voluntary form of school for Children from the age of 5 or 6. All children must be offered a place in a preschool class from the autumn term in the year when they reach 6 years of age until they start compulsory school. 

School-age childcare - (Fritidshem or "fritids") Municipalities are obliged to offer out-of-school centres and other educational care to schoolchildren up to and including the spring semester the year they turn 13 years old. Fees are based on your household income as well as the number of children you currently have enrolled. The maximum monthly cost for your first child is SEK 875. 

Compulsory school education - (Grundskola) In Sweden all children aged between 7 and 16 years have to go to school. The school start is flexible in the sense that a child may start as a 6, 7 or 8-year old. The compulsory school consists of 9 school years and is free of charge. 

Upper secondary education - (Gymnasieskola) All young people in Sweden who have completed compulsory school are entitled to a three-year upper secondary school education. Upper secondary education provides basic knowledge for further studies and for a future working life. Each student chooses between different types of programmes, 18 as of now.


Below is a list of international pre-schools and schools in and around Gothenburg:

International Preschools

ABC All About Children Preschool 
 English language preschool located in Linnestaden. Swedish National Curriculum (Lpfö 98/2010) and the HighScope Approach is taught here.
Phone +46 (0)31 125891

Creative Kids Preschool
English and Swedish speaking preschool located in Kungsladugård and Majorna. It follows Swedish Curriculum for Preschool (lpfö98/2010) and teaches children between 1-5 years old. 
Phone +46 31 (0)735 345560

The English School
A Swedish independent school (‘friskola’) following the Swedish law and curriculum. Located in Västra Frölunda. For ages 3 - 16.  
Phone +46 (0)31 7127550

The French School
Franska Skolan is a private school that follows the Swedish curriculum, but has a double profile. All students study French at different levels. For children 1 - 5 years old. Located in Landala. 
Phone +46 (0)31 165482

Gothenburgs Preschool
A Swedish preschool in English, following the Swedish National Educational Guidelines for preschools (Lpfö98) Located in Majorna. For ages 1 - 5 years old
Phone +46 (0)31 121311

Happy Kids Education
Happy Kids’ preschools are bilingual where the children follow the Swedish Curriculum in both English and Swedish. Is is location in Kållered and Kungsbacka. It also has open preschool days, nanny nights at evenings and English language groups for 6 - 9 years old.
Phone +46 (0)31 7954550 Kållered, +46 (0)300 - 128 28 Kungsbacka

The International Preschool
Follows the Swedish Curriculum for preschool (LPfö98/2010) Primary languages are English and Swedish but others might also be taught. Located in Majorna, Guldheden, Älvsborg and Biskopsgården.
Phone +46 (0)31 140221

Just like hemma
A bilingual (English and Swedish) preschool located in guldheden, following the Swedish national educational agency's guidelines for preschools (LPFÖ98/10)
Phone +46 (0)70 9163 534


More information about the Swedish municipal schools at
Phone: 031-365 00 00

International Schools

The International School of the Gothenburg Region (ISGR)
Offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme with three programmes PYP K-5, MYP 6-10 and IBDP – 11 & 12. There is also a National Program following the Swedish curriculum LGR 11. Located in Gothenburg at Götaberg and Guldheden. 
Please note, The final date for submitting applications to be considered for students to start at the beginning of the 2018/19 Academic Year is Wednesday 16th May, 2018.
Phone +46 (0)31 7089200 

The International High School of the Gothenburg Region (IHGR)
Offers high school education grades 10-12 with three different profiles. 
located in Götaberg.
Phone +46 (0)31 3672900 

Bilingual schools

The English School
Swedish independent school (friskola) following the Swedish law and curriculum. Located in Västra Frölunda.
Phone +46 (0)31 7127550 

IES Internationella Engelska Skolan (the International English School). 50% of classes are taught in English and 50% in Swedish. The school operates in two different areas: Krokslätt grade 3 -6, Johanneberg grade 7-9.
Phone +46 31 381 8503 (Krokslätt)
Phone +46 31 381 8509 (Johanneberg)

Schools with a foreign language profile

The French School
Franska Skolan is a private school that follows the Swedish curriculum, but has a double profile. All students study French at different levels and at a certain amount per week. Grade 1 -6 is taught in Landala, grade 7- 9 in Johanneberg.
Phone +46 (0)31 165482

Ryska skolan (The Russian School)
An independent school with russian and mathematical profile. Follows the Swedish education plan and teaches in Swedish. Russian at different levels. Located in Masthugget. Preschool to grade 5.
Phone +46 (0)31 247019

International baccalaureate program in English

(IB) is a international educational foundation that offers four programmes of international education. Schools must be authorized, by the IB organization, to offer any of the programmes.

Aranäs High School in Kungsbacka. IB-programme
Hvitfeldtska Gymnasiet in Gothenburg. IB-programme
The International High School of the Gothenburg Region, IHGR

National Boarding Schools in Sweden

The Sigtuna School 
Programmes in Swedish and English. English programmes: IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), upper secondary education (Business Management & Economics, Natural Science or IB diploma) and summer school.  
The Grennaskolan
Programmes in Swedish and English. English programme is the IB diploma.
The Lundsberg School
Programmes in Swedish. Compulsory and upper secondary programmes. Only in Swedish.

Parental and children benefits

Parents who have a personal identity number and are registered with the Swedish Social Insurance Agency are generally entitled to parental benefits. Read more at

The parental leave (föräldraledighet), comprise of a total of 480 days of payment per child. You can receive parental benefit to take a leave of absence from your job to look after your child. The University pays parental benefit supplement in conjunction with parental leave, see the Staff portal/Working at GU, link.
You may be entitled to temporary parental benefit if you stay home to look after a sick child.
Children who live in Sweden start receiving a child allowance the month after their birth. The allowance is paid until the child turns 16.
You need to register with Försäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency) to qualify for benefits. 

Spouse support

One of the challenges when moving to a new country as an accompanying spouse, is finding an occupation for yourself. The links below provide you with useful information.
Send an e-mail to if you have further questions.


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