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How do children of immigrants in Scandinavia remember the inclusiveness of their schools? We know surprisingly little about this. What we do know is that the Scandinavian countries differ quite a lot in terms of how the school’s role in integrating children of immigrant is perceived by political parties and governments – and that this is visible in different national school policies. Denmark has taken a more assimilationist approach while Sweden has taken a more civic-multiculturalist approach – with Norway in between. Still, schools and teachers have a relatively large degree of autonomy in terms of how and what they teach. On this backdrop, this paper examines how young adult immigrant descendants remember the cultural inclusiveness of their former schools. Is in fact the case that Swedish young adults with an immigrant background also perceive their former schools as more inclusive and accepting of their cultural differences compared to similar young adults in Denmark and Norway? The analysis is based on a 2018 survey among young adult immigrant descendants in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, which, besides a majority control group, include respondents with parents born in Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, Poland, Turkey and Vietnam.