Top Universities in Scandinavian Countries – 2022

The Scandinavian countries offer the highest quality of life and always rank high in happiness and low on crime. For many international students, studying in Scandinavia is a life-changing, highly rewarding experience – and they are sure to receive a notable, world-class education. The four Scandinavian countries – i.e. Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden – are known for their highly advanced educational systems. To add to that many universities in this region offer ‘FREE’ higher education!! That means no tuition fess.

Here are the top universities in this region of the world based on three separate rankings: the Times Higher Education ranking (THE), the QS University World ranking, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

University of Copenhagen (KU)Denmark799630
Lund UniversitySweden87116151
KTH Royal Institute of TechnologySweden89201201
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)Denmark99185151
University of OsloNorway10211961
University of HelsinkiFinland10410182
Aalto UniversityFinland112201301
Chalmers University of TechnologySweden121251401
Uppsala UniversitySweden12413178
Stockholm UniversitySweden14817674
Aarhus UniversityDenmark15510471
University of GothenburgSweden180185101
University of BergenNorway199201301
University of TurkuFinland295351301
University of Southern Denmark (SDU)Denmark309251301
Aalborg University (AAU)Denmark326201301
Linköping UniversitySweden329251301
University of JyväskyläFinland358351701
Umeå UniversitySweden365351401
Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyNorway369401101

While not all universities in the list made it into the global top 100, their academic quality is notable, and you can expect some of the best educational offerings that you can receive around the world. The University of Oslo, for example, has a wide range of research programmes ranging from entrepreneurship to physics, and is known for the Nobel laureates it spawned over the years. As the second oldest university in Denmark, Aarhus University is known as a very international school with a large variety of programs, hosting over 1,000 international students per year in both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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