360x240-sweden-flagCompulsory Education Age

7-16 years old

Legal Status

Homeschooling has no tradition in Sweden. It has been so rare as to be almost non-existing. In the new school law it is said explicitly that it is not allowed except in extraordinary circumstances.

Since education in the Swedish schools always must be comprehensive and objective and be organized in a way that everybody can participate regardless of his or her religious belief or philosophical persuasion, the legislator has drawn the conclusion that there is no need for any regulation that entitles parents to provide home schooling for their children. But the Education Act recognizes that exceptional circumstances might occur which would be a reason to allow a child to fulfil the duty to participate in compulsory education in another way than by attendance at school. The conditions for such an arrangement are very restrictive. It can only be permitted for one year at a time and there must be an extraordinary reason for that. Parents must apply to the municipal board of education, and there is an opportunity to appeal to the Administrative court if approval is denied. Families who had been home educating successfully for many years prior to 2011 were suddenly denied permission and threatened with the social authorities and fines of up to 20,000 euros per child and year. This has led to Swedish home educators fleeing Sweden to other nearby countries where home education is permitted.

Contact Information

The Swedish Association for Home Education (Rohus)
Jonas Himmelstrand, president
Marita Sandblad, vice president and treasurer
Ellinor Petersen, secretary
Mai Carlström, member
Cina Wallén, member
Linda Svendsen, deputy member
Martin Book, deputy member
Fredrik Niemelä, deputy member
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