In Denmark, education is compulsory. This means that children must receive 10 years of compulsory education starting in August in the year in which they turn six years old.


The vast majority of children are taught at municipal primary and lower secondary schools where all children are entitled to free education.


Compulsory education

Even though education is compulsory in Denmark, school attendance is not. This means that you, as parents, can decide how your children should be taught. Alternatives also exist, such as private independent schools and residential continuation schools, where parents have to pay school fees. Moreover, parents can also teach their children at home, but very few people choose this option.


International school

East Jutland has an international school which offers English-language education for children aged 6-16 years. The international school is located in the City of Aarhus.