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Number of students in upper secondary education in Denmark 2009-2019

The number of upper secondary students in Denmark amounted to over 145 thousand students in 2019, which was the lowest number in eight years. Since 2009, however, the number of students in upper secondary education increased significantly from around 123 thousand in 2009 to over 150 thousand students in 2017. In Denmark, upper secondary education is divided into general upper secondary programs, which primarily prepare for higher education, and vocational upper secondary education and training programs, focusing on careers in a specific trade or industry.

Free education

The increase in number of upper secondary students has led to an increase in the number of students in higher education. Upper secondary education is free in Denmark, and the most common type of institution is gymnasium, where most students afterwards proceed to higher education institutions such as universities. When taking the whole population into consideration, however, the highest completed education for over one in four Danes was primary education, which is ten years of compulsory education in Denmark.

Higher education in Scandinavia

In Denmark, universities are by far the most popular institutions when undertaking a higher education, and in 2019, the number of registered university students amounted to nearly 150 thousand students. Considering the rest of Scandinavia, similar patterns appear. In Sweden the number of registered students grew overall the past decade, while the number of students in higher education peaked in Norway in 2019.

Number of students in upper secondary education in Denmark from 2009 to 2019

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Source

Release date

February 2020

Region

Denmark

Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Special properties

students per October 1

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