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Public Views About Science in Sweden

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This roundup of findings shows public views about science-related issues and the role of science in Swedish society. The findings come from a Pew Research Center survey conducted across 20 publics in Europe, the Asia-Pacific, Russia, the U.S., Canada and Brazil from October 2019 to March 2020.

Ratings of medical treatments, scientific achievements and STEM education in Sweden

Majorities in most of the 20 publics surveyed saw their medical treatments in a favorable light on the eve of the global pandemic. Medical treatments were often seen more favorably than achievements in other areas.

Chart shows views on how Sweden compares on medical treatments, scientific achievements and other areas

Across the 20 publics, a median of 59% say their medical treatments are at least above average. In Sweden, 61% think their country’s medical treatments are the best in the world or above average. Only one-in-ten Swedes think their medical treatments are below average.

About six-in-ten Swedish adults (58%) view their technological achievements as above average or the best in the world, and 54% say this about their scientific achievements. Overall, 42% say their country’s university STEM education is the best in the world or above average, while a smaller share (24%) says this about STEM education at the primary and secondary school levels.

Chart shows attitudes about the value of government investments in scientific research in SwedenMajorities in all publics agree that being a world leader in scientific achievement is at least somewhat important, but the share who view this as very important varies by public. A 20-public median of 51% place the highest level of importance on being a science world leader. In Sweden, 41% of people say being a world leader in scientific achievements is very important.

Overall, there is broad agreement among these 20 publics that government investment in scientific research is worthwhile. A median of 82% say government investments in scientific research aimed at advancing knowledge are usually worthwhile