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School and Education

The Danish school system offers high quality education from the age of 6 to 19.

Education is a key priority in Denmark. The Danish public schooling and education system is financed by taxes and therefore free of charge. There are also a number of private schools, including international schools with partial parental payment.

Primary and lower secondary education (age 6 to 16)

The primary and lower secondary education in Denmark is, for the most part, free of charge. Five in six children attend a public basic school (folkeskole) and some attend a private basic school.

Denmark has more than 24 international schools, which are primarily attended by children with foreign parents, who live in Denmark for a shorter period of time.

The municipalities are responsible for the primary and lower secondary education. Once you know where you will be living, contact your municipality to be put in touch with the appropriate school for your child.

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at the website of the Ministry of Education.

Upper secondary education (age 16 to 19)

In Denmark, the upper secondary education is also free of charge and consists of two types of programmes:

  • General education qualifying for access to higher education
  • Vocational or technical education qualifying primarily for access to the labour market

A number of study programmes are offered in English or other foreign languages, and Denmark has 15 international upper secondary schools, which primarily offer the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Learn more about upper secondary education in Denmark at the website of the Ministry of Education (Choose "Upper Secondary Education).

Get a list of 15 international upper secondary schools in Denmark at the website of the Ministry of Education.

Higher education

Danish universities and institutions of higher education offer a wide range of programmes of study. In Denmark, about 40 percent of all students complete a higher education programme of study and more than 50 different educational institutions offer programmes of varying duration and levels.

Most higher education is free of charge for Danish residents and students can, if certain conditions are met, also receive study grants and loans to finance their living costs during their studies.

Learn more about higher education in Denmark at


If you need information about education in Denmark, this collection of links might be useful.