Sweden ranks among the best OECD countries in terms of gender equality.
Sweden is an egalitarian society in international comparison, and has managed to combine equity with economic efficiency.
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The transition from early childhood education to primary school is a big step for all children, and a step which more and more children are having to take. Quality transitions should be well-prepared and child-centred, managed by trained staff collaborating with one another, and guided by an appropriate and aligned curriculum.
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This policy profile on education in Sweden is part of the Education Policy Outlook series, which presents comparative analysis of education policies and reforms across OECD countries.
Structural trends not directly related to labour market functioning and redistribution have made a sizeable contribution to inequality and poverty in Sweden, but occupy only limited space in the income inequality debate.
Both educational attainment and skills, as measured in the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), are high in Sweden. They are not perfect substitutes, but both are to some degree necessary for successfully integrating in the Swedish labour market.
This report is the result of an analysis of Sweden’s context and policies, as well as relevant international best practices to support school improvement.