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Huvudskär, Stockholm, Sweden
Credits: Hakan Tas
Capital: Stockholm
Population: 10,385,347
Language(s): Swedish
Currency: Swedish krona (kr/SEK)
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Learn how to participate in national and European Parliament elections while studying abroad as a citizen from Sweden. Check out the table below for document requirements, registration procedures, and useful links.

  • Voting is not mandatory
  • Minimum age required to vote: 18

How can I vote from abroad?

by proxy

This voting mode is not available.


This voting mode is not available.

by post

This voting mode is available.

  • Upfront registration required
  • Required documents:

    Postal voting materials are necessary. Citizens can order the materials by applying on the official voting website of Sweden The postal voting materials also can be provided to citizens in many Swedish embassies and consulates upon request.

    More info at this link.

  • Digital request allowed

from the embassy

This voting mode is available.

  • Upfront registration required
  • Required documents:
    • Swedish passport
    • Swedish ID card
    • A local official ID.

    More info at this link.

  • Digital request allowed

European Parliament elections

Swedish citizens who are residing abroad and are eligibe to vote cannot vote on the election day, but they can vote early (förtidsröstning) either by postal mail or in person at Swedish embassies and consulates on predetermined dates.

  • Upfront registration required
  • Registration deadline:
  • Minimum age required to vote in the EU elections: 18

Cost of living

a room in a 3 bedrooms shared flat in the city centre 4303kr/month
a meal 100kr
a cappuccino 37.67kr

These are average costs of living for Sweden. Costs can differ accross cities and locations. For more details, you can check numbeo website.


Rank Value
Rainbow Index 7 65.07

Rainbow Europe, 2021.

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Rainbow Europe

Rainbow Europe by ILGA-Europe illustrates the legal and policy situation of LGBTI people in Europe. It ranks all 49 European countries on a scale between 0% (gross violations of human rights, discrimination) and 100% (respect of human rights, full equality), on the basis of laws and policies that have a direct impact on the LGBTI people’s human rights in under 6 categories: equality and non-discrimination; family; hate crime and hate speech; legal gender recognition and bodily integrity; civil society space; and asylum.


The is the European platform about inclusion and support services offered by higher education institutions, national agencies, and ministries for education to international students. In its current version, the platform aims to provide to students with disabilities all the information they need to study abroad.

Quality of life

Rank Value
Human Development Index 7 0.945
World Press Freedom Index 3 7.24

HDI, 2019.
WPFI, 2021.

Human Development Index

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a statistic composite index of life expectancy, education, and per capita income indicators, which are used to rank countries into four tiers of human development. A country scores a higher HDI when the lifespan is higher, the education level is higher, and the gross national income GNI (PPP) per capita is higher.

World Press Freedom Index

The World Press Freedom Index is an important advocacy tool based on the principle of emulation between states, published every year by Reporters Without Borders. It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country.

ESN sections supporting international students

  • ESN Boras
  • ESN Göteborg
  • ESN Kalmar
  • ESN Karlstad
  • ESN Linköping
  • ESN Luleå
  • ESN Lund
  • ESN Malmö
  • ESN Skövde
  • ESN Stockholm
  • ESN Södertörn
  • ESN Växjö
  • ESN Örebro

Higher education institutions

  • Högskolan i Boras (Boras)
  • Hogskolan Dalarna (Falun)
  • Marie Cederschiöld Högskola (Stockholm)
  • Stockholms Universitet (Stockholm)
  • Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm)
  • Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (Stockholm)
  • Handelshogskolan i Stockholm (Stockholm)
  • Konstfack (Stockholm)
  • Kungliga Konsthogskolan (Stockholm)
  • Kungliga Musikhogskolan i Stockholm (Stockholm)
  • Gymnastik - och Idrottshogskolan (Stockholm)
  • Forsvarshogskolan (Stockholm)
  • Sophiahemmet Högskola (Stockholm)
  • Stockholms Konstnarliga Hogskola (Stockholm)
  • Beckmans Designhögskola (Stockholm)
  • Hogskolan i Gavle (Gavle)
  • Göteborgs Universitet (Göteborg | Gothenburg)
  • Chalmers Tekniska Hogskola Ab (Göteborg | Gothenburg)
  • Hogskolan i Halmstad (Halmstad)
  • Sodertorns Hogskola (Huddinge)
  • Stiftelsen Stockholms Musikpedagogiska Institut (Huddinge)
  • Stiftelsen Rodakorshemmet (Huddinge)
  • Stiftelsen Hogskolan i Jonkoping (Jonkoping)
  • Blekinge Tekniska Hogskola (Karlskrona)
  • Karlstads Universitet (Karlstad)
  • Högskolan Kristianstad (Kristianstad)
  • Linkopings Universitet (Linkoping)
  • Lulea Tekniska Universitet (Lulea)
  • Lunds Universitet (Lund)
  • Malmo Universitet (Malmö)
  • World Maritime University (Malmö)
  • Mittuniversitetet (Sundsvall)
  • Orebro University (Örebro)
  • Akademi för Ledarskap och Teologi (Örebro)
  • Hogskolan i Skovde (Skovde)
  • Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm (Bromma)
  • Hogskolan Vast (Trollhattan)
  • Umea Universitet (Umea)
  • Uppsala Universitet (Uppsala)
  • Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (Uppsala)
  • Newmaninstitutet (Uppsala)
  • Mälardalens Högskola (Vasteras)
  • Linneuniversitetet (Vaxjo)

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