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Högstadium ("high-stadium" or "upper stage") is a Swedish former term for the seventh to ninth grade (grundskola)[1] of the Swedish school system. Since 1994, it is no longer in official use, but is still used informally. After högstadiet, there is no compulsory school attendance; however, most Swedish students go on to the gymnasium for three more years of studies. The term was also used for grades 7-9 in Finland from the 1970s and up to 1999.

The Norwegian equivalent is known as "Ungdomsskolen".


  1. ^ "Högstadium" (in Swedish). Nationalencyklopedin. Retrieved 15 August 2016.