Education and Schools in Denmark

Education in Denmark is of an exceptionally high standard. Schools across the country are subsidised by the government and, as a result, have modern facilities and highly qualified staff. There are also a number of excellent private and international schools in Denmark. 


Public education in Denmark

All municipalities in Denmark provide free education for all children legally residing in the country, without any admission requirements. 

Parents can enrol their child at any municipal school that has places, which can be either in their own neighbourhood or another school in their municipality or a neighbouring municipality.

Not many expat children speak Danish when they arrive in Denmark, but this is not a barrier to enrolment in a municipal school. Non-Danish-speaking children are either placed in a reception class with other non-Danish-speaking pupils or are placed in a regular Danish-speaking class but are given extra support in the language. 


Private and international schools in Denmark

Most parents choose to send their children to their local municipal school, but some choose a private school. Private schools in Denmark are self-governing institutions required to provide education to the standards of the municipal schools. There are many different types of private schools and some are based on a specific philosophy, pedagogical line or religious belief. 

There is a growing number of international schools in Denmark. International education is recognised as a key factor in attracting and retaining expats. Most international schools in Denmark are in and around Copenhagen, but the rest of the country also has good coverage. Many of these schools have English as their primary language, while others teach primarily in German or French.

Tom Griffiths Our Expat Expert

Tom first visited Denmark more than thirty years ago and settled here permanently in 2008. During that time he has taken advantage of the excellent Danish higher education system by spending two years undertaking an MA, worked with some really interesting Danish companies, both large and small, and now runs his own coaching and change management company specialising in supporting expats and trailing expats. Website: www.changecoachdk.com