Fewer Nordic medical students being trained in Denmark today than before - Why?
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
In 2005, more than one in four medical students in Denmark came from
one of the Nordic countries; today it is only one in twenty and changes
in the Danish academic harmonisation rules is being blamed.
The number of Nordic students at the medical schools in Denmark has
collapsed since 2006, according to various Danish media reports.
In a time where there is growing shortages of physicians, it is causing
a stir because in the past few years many medical school training
officials were kept busy by students from countries such as Norway or
Then, the rules for Nordic students changed and today it looks somewhat different.
Figures from the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher
Education shows that the proportion of Nordic students in medicine
declined from 27 to 5 percent from 2005 to 2013. This year there have
been 73 recruited Nordic students at medical schools compared to 402 in
2006, when the figure peaked. A similar trend is also seen at
Rule change means among other things that Swedish students are not
treated as Danish students because they are required to take higher
grade and more subjects at a high level than required from the
The change to downgrade Swedish studies and weaken the academic
qualification harmony means that Swedish student wanting to study
medicine either do it at home, in Norway, Finland or elsewhere abroad
where such training are recognised in the Nordic area.
By Scancomark.com team