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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 Sweden.

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 veterinary study
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 Danish students.

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.
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