The Swedish School in Lisbon is the school for Scandinavian children and families living abroad in sunny Portugal. As part of the Swedish School organisation, the school follows the Swedish curriculum while combining global and local action with sustainable thinking.

With a ten-minute walk to the beach, unobstructed sea views, and a location between the historical capital city of Lisbon and the beautiful seaside town Cascais, it is no wonder that the Swedish School in Lisbon has been popular from the onset. The fact that it is led by dedicated and enthusiastic teaching staff and management just cements its status as a school defined by quality and learning. ”Lisbon turned into a Swedish hotspot in the 50s after the Scandinavian airline SAS opened an office in the city, and many nationals moved here with their families, which meant that the area needed a school for the children. The Swedish School in Lisbon was founded in 1957 by Marianne Rocha Martin, a teacher with an ardent passion for learning, and we’ve been located in the same building since the 60s,” says Kristin Arnberg, headmaster. The elementary school started with a small group of students, increased to 20 for a long time and has grown into approximately 90 pupils today, welcoming children from three to 12 years from all Scandinavian countries. There are 14 Swedish schools within the same organisation around the world.

The Swedish School in Lisbon: Scandinavian about learning

Quality is key, and enthusiastic teachers are essential for good education, enabling students to reach higher and achieve results that exceed expectations. The Swedish approach is applied in all school activities while global and local perspectives interlace through various projects; collaborations with Portuguese schools, projects with Swedish schools around the world and care for the local area. Sustainability is a big subject and the pupils are regularly involved in projects that connect them with the local environment while enabling the sustainable shift on a global level.

”We’re a serious school with a soft approach – we believe that all students are individuals who want to and can make a difference. A good educational experience is key and learning is at the core of everything we do, but there’s no need for denying the obvious – the location, gorgeous sea, and numerous hours of sun also provide a fantastic plus,” Arnberg concludes.

The Swedish School in Lisbon: Scandinavian about learning

All students are learning according to the Swedish curriculum.

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