Sweden’s Most Highly Educated Labor Force
Stockholm is the world’s sixth most competitive knowledge region. The city has more than 100,000 students and 8,400 active researchers at 28 different universities and colleges. With more than 1.7 million gainfully employed people, the Stockholm region is Sweden’s largest labor market.
The population in the Stockholm region has the country’s highest level of education . Around 37 percent of the region’s inhabitants aged between 16-74 years (1.15 million people) have post-secondary education. In Stockholm County, the figure is 39 percent; in the City of Stockholm, 46 percent. 26 percent of the region’s inhabitants between 20-64 years with post-secondary education have studied technology, manufacturing, science, mathematics or data.
Stockholm is the world’s sixth most competitive knowledge region, according to the World Knowledge Competitiveness Index 2008. Stockholm is the only European region amongst the top ten, which is otherwise dominated by North America. The ranking is based on a large number of variables including level of education, the number of employees in knowledge sectors, the number of registered patents, access to broadband and productivity.
A number of organizations and companies in Stockholm are currently involved in e-Skills Week, an EU project that was launched to raise young people’s awareness of ICT. An important part of the project is connecting schools with IT companies with the purpose of arousing young people’s interest in ICT. The long-term ambition is to secure future expertise in the ICT industry.
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