Education in Denmark

Denmark has a long-standing tradition of academic excellence – in fact it was listed in the UN Education Index as among the best in the world (along with Australia, Finland and New Zealand). Literacy in the country is at a record high of 99% and this can largely be attributed to the fact that primary and secondary education is compulsory and government-funded educational institutions are free.
Education starts at pre-school and all children are given access to day care centers and kindergartens. This is followed by “Folkleskole” or primary education and lower secondary which can all be completed until the age of 16. For non-Danish speaking residents, there are a number of private and international schools where subjects are taught in other languages (typically English, French and German). In some areas, education at these levels includes courses on Danish language. Upon finishing lower secondary education, there are several options offered for higher (upper) secondary education which are all meant to prepare the student for higher education, or university education. There are about 30 colleges and universities in Denmark, with most focused on certain fields and specializations such as business, sciences, professional and vocational services or the arts. The Danish government also encourages lifelong learning for all adults and different courses and programmes are offered free to Danish citizens as well as those who come from EU and Nordic Council countries, hold a permanent resident or a humanitarian visa. In addition to free tuition, students can enjoy a monthly stipend from the government.

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