Number of children in preschools in Sweden 2008-2018

Number of children attending preschools in Sweden from 2008 to 2018

by Agnete Lundetræ Jürgensen, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Number of children in preschools in Sweden 2008-2018 Attendance in preschool in Sweden is optional. The preschool system is administered on a municipal level, but private preschools also exists in some municipalities. The preschool is available for children aged one year up to the fall semester when they turn six years. The number of children in preschool in Sweden increased during the period, and in 2018, 517,670 children attended preschool, which is a share of 84.8 percent of all children from one to five years. 
Number of preschools

     Though the number of children attending preschool in Sweden increased steadily over the period, the number of preschools followed a different pattern. The number of preschools peaked in 2011, when there were just over 10 thousand, and then decreased for four years until it started to increase again from 2016. In 2018, there were 9,808 preschools in Sweden.  

four-year old children were the largest group

      In 2018, preschool attendance was highest among children who were four years old followed by the five-years-old. They amounted to 116,860 during that year. Only seven children under one year attended preschool, and 176 children 7 years or older.
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Number of children attending preschools in Sweden from 2008 to 2018

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