Sweden above EU average

According to an EU survey about 85 per cent of all 20–34 year-olds who have completed tertiary education in Sweden were employed no later than three years after graduation. This is 10 per cent higher than the EU average.

In the Europe 2020 strategy the European Commission has decided on various benchmarks, of which some apply to education. One of these targets is that at least 82 per cent of all 20-34 year-olds who have completed tertiary education will be employed no later than 3 years after graduating.

According to the last avilable statistics from an EU survey in 2013 about 85 per cent of these 20-34 year-olds in Sweden were employed no later than three years after graduation. The proportion who have found work has been higher in Sweden than the EU average for the whole of the last decade. Between 2003 and 2009 this difference lay between two and five percentage points and changes in Sweden were matched by those in the EU.

The gap is widening

Since 2009, however, the gap has widened. In 2013 the proportion of 20-34 year-old graduates who were employed no later than 3 years after graduation was 10 percentage points higher in Sweden than in the EU Member States.

The increase in the gap coincided with the economic crisis in Europe.