International Schools in Stockholm
There are 15 international schools in Stockholm, with 4 British schools and 7 International Baccalaureate schools.
Living in Stockholm
Sweden’s historic capital city, Stockholm, with its population of just under 1 million people in the municipality and around 2.4 million in the metropolitan area, is Europe’s fastest growing city and a magnet for innovative tech startups and video gaming companies.
Stockholm is a beautiful, green, peaceful city made up of 14 islands connected by a network of bridges and ferries. It is one of the safest and cleanest cities in the world and easy to get around on foot, by bike on the numerous cycle paths or via the excellent, efficient public transport system.
Stockholm residents enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle and have a greater focus on work-life balance than most other capital cities. Parks are plentiful and, wherever you live you are never far from scenic rivers, lakes, forests and an abundance of magnificent wildlife. Family is very important in Sweden and children are welcome in most cafés and restaurants. Gender equality is the norm here so it is very common for Dads to share the childcare or even stay at home with the children while Mums go out to work. Swedish people are usually very polite and helpful once approached.
Whilst knowing some Swedish is useful, and appreciated, the Swedish are the best in the world at speaking English as a second language and many companies use English as their working language.
Stockholm’s gastronomic culture is diverse with a huge international influence. Traditional Swedish cuisine includes seafood, meatballs, delicious spiced pastries and strong coffee.
Sweden is ranked first in the Eco-Innovation Index and has pledged to have Stockholm running entirely on sustainable energy by 2050.
Housing in Stockholm is built to an exceptionally high standard and there are plenty of areas for families to consider.
Just south of the city centre is Södermalm, the largest of the islands and a lively, bohemian, hipster area with plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs. The southern side of the island is a little quieter with parks, residential apartment blocks and attractive waterside areas.
To the west of the city centre is Kungsholmen, the second largest island. The eastern part is more urbanised with plenty of shops (including several shopping malls), offices, restaurants and cafés, but to the west there are more residential apartment blocks and some beautiful parks, green spaces and waterfront areas.
To the east of the city centre is the affluent area of Östermalm, full of beautiful parks, museums, upmarket shops, restaurants and bars. As most of the buildings here are older, many apartments are larger and more elegant.
Danderyd is a popular, leafy, green area around 10km to the north of the city centre and around 15 minutes commute into the city centre. There are many large family houses here situated on generous plots, plenty of sporting facilities including several golf courses, a riding school, swimming pool and football ground in addition to a large shopping mall at the metro station.
Bromma is a popular family area to the west of the city, around 15 minutes from the city centre with large family houses with gardens, good sporting facilities, plenty of shops, restaurants, cafés and a several beaches.
Sundyberg and Solna
Just to the north west of the city, around 15 minutes from the city centre, are the areas of Sundyberg and Solna. This area is quiet with lots of parks, green spaces and family housing. Sundyberg is a little livelier in the evening.
The exclusive island of Lidingö is situated to the north east of the city and well served by public transport taking just over 20 minutes to commute into the centre. Lidingö is a beautiful island covered in forest and nature reserves with spacious family houses. It has a lively centre for shopping, entertainment and dining out and there are cafés dotted around all over the island. The island also has 2 golf courses and a riding school.
Around 30km to the west of the city is the calm, peaceful island of Ekerö with its beautiful forests, nature reserves and beaches. There are plenty of large family houses here and some shops, cafés and sports facilities. Buses into the city take around 30 minutes.
Where Stockholm international schools are distributed (view our List of International Schools in Stockholm to see a live map):
Best International Schools in Stockholm - Rankings
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