All youth in Sweden who have completed compulsory school are entitled to a three-year upper secondary school education (gymnasium). Upper secondary education provides a good foundation for vocational activities and further studies, and for personal development and active participation in the life of society. Upper secondary school is open for youths who are between 16- 19 years old.
The upper secondary school consists of different types of programmes:
- 18 national programmes each lasting three years. They all have different content, preparing the pupils for different jobs or higher education.
- Five introductory programmes for pupils who are not eligible for a national programme. These include a special program for pupils who needs an introduction in the Swedish language.
- Education that deviates from the national programme structures; special variants, programmes based on national recruitment and nationally approved sports programmes (NIU).