Number of preschools in Sweden 2008-2018

Number of preschools in Sweden from 2008 to 2018

by Agnete Lundetræ Jürgensen, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Number of preschools in Sweden 2008-2018 Preschool in Sweden is administered on a municipal level, and in some municipalities, there are also private preschools, but under the municipalities’ responsibility that they fulfil the requirements. The highest number of preschools in Sweden was reached in 2011, when there were little over ten thousand preschools. The number fluctuated over the years, with several years of decreasing number of preschools, even though the number of children attending preschools constantly increased in the same period. In 2018, there were around 9.8 thousand preschools, and around 518 thousand children attending preschools.   
Share of children in preschool

     Preschool attendance in Sweden is optional, and available for children from one year up to the fall semester when they turn six years. In 2018, 84.8 percent of all children in preschool age were attending preschool, which was the highest share during the period from 2008 to 2018.  

Four-year-old was the largest age group

      The preschool attendance in 2018 was highest among four-year-old children. This age group consisted of 116,860 children, followed by the age group of five-year-old children, which amounted to 116,142 children.
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Number of preschools in Sweden from 2008 to 2018

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