Ranking of Nordic Universities, 2022

Ranking of Nordic Universities 2022
RankInstitutionChange from 2021ARWUQSTHEUSNWRAverage World Rank
URKarolinska Institute 🇸🇪NA41NR495147
🥇University of Copenhagen 🇩🇰39821144269.25
🥈University of Oslo 🇳🇴671011268995.75
🥉University of Helsinki 🇫🇮9210611099101.75
4Aarhus University 🇩🇰69161117109114
5Lund University 🇸🇪+115195119112119.25
6Uppsala University 🇸🇪-189128148127123
7Stockholm University 🇸🇪90153176127136.5
8Technical University of Denmark 🇩🇰151104166165146.5
9University of Gothenburg 🇸🇪101185201146158.25
10KTH Royal Institute of Technology 🇸🇪20189155240171.25
11Aalto University 🇫🇮+1301116201273222.75
12University of Bergen 🇳🇴-1301207201199227
13University of Southern Denmark 🇩🇰+2201347251261265
14Chalmers University of Technology 🇸🇪401125251337278.5
15Norwegian University of Science and Technology 🇳🇴+1101352401267280.25
16Aalborg University 🇩🇰-3301330251267287.25
17Linköping University 🇸🇪301320251330300.5
URReykjavík University 🇮🇸NANRNR301NR301
URSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences 🇸🇪NA301NR351356336
18University of Turku 🇫🇮401291351342346.25
19Tampere University 🇫🇮Re-entry401415301400379.25
20Umeå University 🇸🇪401369401366384.25
Table 1. Ranking of Nordic Universities 2022-2023

This is a ranking of the top 20 Nordic universities of 2022.


The ranking was created by using metadata sourced from the four prominent rankings of world universities (each ranking released in 2022): Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Times Higher Education (THE), and U.S. News & World Report (USNWR).

Rank was determined on each list for every Nordic university ranked on each list. If a ranking used a range, the highest possible rank was chosen (e.g., if a university was ranked within a 201-250 bracket, 201 was chosen). Then for each university all its rank placements were averaged across lists to create the new list of average ranking for each university. The universities were then ranked according to their average ranking. The university with the highest average is thus ranked 1st, the one with the second highest average 2nd, and so on.

Finally, the results were tabled, and are shown above (Table 1). The leftmost column shows rank based on average, the “institution” column shows the institution ranked, the “Change from 2021” column shows the change in ranking placement from last year’s ranking (Ranking of Nordic Universities, 2021), the next four rightward columns (ARWU, QS, THE, USNWR) show the rank for each given institution in each of those selected world rankings, and the rightmost column (“Average World”) averages the four ranking lists’ rank placement for each university.

Only universities which were ranked on all four lists are counted. Universities which would have appeared had they been ranked by all the rankings are displayed in the ranking where they would have ranked if their average rank was the result of an average across all four rankings. Thus, for example, Karolinska Institute is shown above the #1 ranked University of Copenhagen, as it would have ranked #1 if it appeared on all four rankings (and maintained its average from the rankings it did appear on). Rather than receiving a ranking placement, universities appearing in these positions are marked “UR” (unrankable) in the rank column, and “NR” (not ranked) in rankings lists in which they were not ranked.


  • On average, Nordic universities placing in the top 20 Nordic universities have declined in global rankings in 2022. The 2021 ranking gave a summed average of approx. 4090, whereas this year the summed average is approx. 4207 — an approx. 117 place movement downwards.
  • The top 10 Nordic universities remain the same in 2022 as in 2021. The only change is the swap between Lund University 🇸🇪 (now 5th, was 6th) and Uppsala University 🇸🇪 (now 6th, was 5th).
  • The Nordic universities to have moved upward on average in global rankings from 2021 to 2022 are as follows: Technical University of Denmark 🇩🇰 (from 149 to 146.5), KTH Royal Institute of Technology 🇸🇪 (from 175.75 to 171.25), University of Southern Denmark 🇩🇰 (from 279 to 265), Norwegian University of Science and Technology 🇳🇴 (from 284.25 to 280.25), Linköping University 🇸🇪 (from 307.75 to 300.5), and Tampere University 🇫🇮 (from 380 to 379.25). Most upward movement is, however, unsubstantial: only University of Southern Denmark 🇩🇰 moved up more than 10 places (14 — almost twice as many as the next greatest upward-mover, Linköping University 🇸🇪).
  • University of Oulu 🇫🇮 has dropped out of the top 20 Nordic universities.
  • Tampere University 🇫🇮 re-enters the top 20 Nordic universities (at 19th). It had previously ranked 20th in the 2020 ranking.

In my opinion, global university rankings are not a measure of how “good” a university is. They are, centrally, a measure of university reputation among people in administrative positions in academics. How good a university is for you depends on what your goals are. It is almost entirely contextual. Thus, the rankings I do — which are based on average placements in world university rankings — ought to be seen not as a measure of how good a university is, but as a measure of the average opinion of an academic administrator you’ll get if you ask them to talk about a given university from a global perspective. In this spirit, I offer you a deflationary university ranking.

If anything appears to be in error, please email me at tuulifunctional@snmcgannon.com.

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