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Stockholm School of Economics

As one of Europe’s top business schools, the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) is simultaneously elite and egalitarian – much like the city and Swedish culture as a whole.

In the early 1900s Sweden went through a period of rapid industrialization. The Stockholm School of Economics was the answer to a growing call for businessmen and managers. Founded in 1909, the school forged close ties with the business community – a relationship which still flourishes today.

Housed in one of Stockholm’s most striking buildings, SSE is currently located in the heart of Stockholm, on Sveavägen. The building was designed by Swedish architect Ivar Tengbom in 1925, and the turquoise dome of the building is a subtle but succinct tribute to Swedish neo-classicism.

Several of the school’s programmes are counted among the cream of the global crop, and for ten years in a row SSE has been ranked as the number one business school in the Nordic and Baltic countries by Financial Times.

The school also holds EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accreditation, meaning that each and every programme has been deemed to be up in line with the highest of international standards.

But for a school with such a great reputation, SSE is also remarkably intimate. With just about 1,600 students and 220 staff members, relationships are close-knit and the connections between students, faculty and alumni are strong.

And with such a strong international standing, it’s no wonder that SSE also welcomes one of the most international student bodies. All of the school’s Masters of Science programmes are conducted in English, and up to 50 percent of students at any given time are international.

SSE’s students are driven, ambitious, and active. Student associations host a wealth of activities, and the atmosphere is highly constructive and cooperative. SSE isn’t just about learning from role models – it’s about creating them.