Number of students in primary education in Denmark 2009-2019

All children are obligated to receive at least ten years of primary education in Denmark, starting the calendar year when the child turns six years old. There are several types of primary schools, of which the free public school, folkeskolen , is most common. Primary schools usually consist of a kindergarten - zero grade class – followed by first to ninth grade. Pupils can additionally choose an optional tenth grade.

Decreasing number of pupils

Over the past decade, the age group of people aged 16 years and younger in Denmark declined, and the number of pupils in Danish schools has decreased accordingly. Since 2009, the number of pupils in primary education declined in Denmark, amounting to less than 700 thousand pupils as of 2019. Consequently, the number of primary schools also dropped during this period, amounting to 2,177 schools in 2019.

Highest education completed

When taking the whole Danish population into consideration, primary school was the highest completed education for more than one in four Danes. However, something points towards a change as the population gradually becomes more and more educated. Over the course of ten years, the number of students in upper education increased significantly, and the same tendency can be seen for university students, amounting to nearly 150 thousand in 2019.

Number of students in primary education in Denmark from 2009 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Special properties

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