How does the Danish education system work





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Denmark has a comprehensive school system, the Folkeskole, which covers the entire 10-year period of compulsory education and is integrated within a single structure. The Folkeskole consists of one year of pre-school class, nine years of primary and lower secondary education and an optional one-year 10th grade. Whether education is received in a publically provided school, in a private school or at home is a matter of individual choice, as long as accepted standards are met.  


The requirements concerning subjects to be taught in each year group, the teaching objectives in individual subjects and the regulations governing the leadership and organisation of the school system is laid down by law.


The overall structure of the Danish education system can be seen here





School hours


  • The first lesson of the day starts at 8:00 in years 1 and 2 ends between 12:45 and 13:30.


  • The first lesson starts at 8:00 am in Year 3,4 and 5 and lessons lasts until between 13:30 to 14:25.


  • For Years 7,8,9,10 lessons also start at 8:00am and lasts until between 14:25 and 15:10.

  • Breaks are held from 9:30-09:45, 11:15-12:00,13:30-1340 and 15:10-15.20 


  • Lunch is from 11:15-12:00 and the students are required to bring their own packed lunch, cool box and drinking bottle. With the exception of the lunch period, students spend all breaks outdoors, and a yellow-vested staff member is always on duty.


  • For students up to 9-10 years, the after-school programme operates from 7:00 to 8:00 and from 13:00-17:00 throughout the year with the exception of the Christmas holiday and national holidays.















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