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Swedish Defence University

The Swedish Defence University is simultaneously one of Stockholm’s newest and oldest institutions of higher learning – but has always remained one-of-a-kind.

The university has existed in some form since 1792, when the Military Academy Karlberg was founded. The past two centuries have since seen various developments and new embodiments of defense education in the Swedish capital. The school took its current form in 1997 through the merger of the Defence College and the Military College. And despite its youth, the school’s history could not be stronger.

Sweden has not been at war for 200 years, but a country does not maintain such a sterling record out of ignorance. The nation went from a European superpower in the 17th and early 18th centuries to being a global peace-keeper and important humanitarian player today, but the message is the same: Sweden knows how to handle defense and foreign relations.

The Swedish Defence University was granted the right to confer degrees in 2008, and today its graduates are respected as expert commentators on a wide variety of subjects.

The university is the only institution in all of Sweden that offers programmes in military technique and military science, and many of the school’s other programmes feature unique fields of specialization. Courses are also offered in military history, law, leadership, political science, and peace-keeping.

The school’s pristine and spacious grounds are located in central Stockholm, on the campus of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Both military personnel and civilians are welcome to study at the institution, and the atmosphere is dynamic and diverse.

Indeed, in today’s globalized world, a proper defense education would be incomplete without an international element. The Swedish Defence University engages in exchange programmes with other competitive military academies within Europe, and students receive a well-rounded education that transforms them into skilled and capable leaders.