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The Danish Education System

Danish education aims to ensure that all young people acquire knowledge and competencies that will qualify them to take active part in - and to contribute to the further development of - our knowledge society.

Other characteristic features of the Danish education system include:

High standards

The quality of Danish education is assured in many ways. It is mainly regulated and financed by the State, and all public educational institutions are approved and evaluated on an ongoing basis.

Lifelong learning

Lifelong learning is a key principle in Denmark. The idea goes back all the way to the 19th century Danish clergyman and philosopher N.F.S. Grundtvig, who argued that a prerequisite for active participation in a democratic society is education for all citizens on a lifelong basis.

Active participation

Treating pupils and students as independent people with a right to form their own opinion and a duty to participate actively in discussions is a matter of course in Danish education.

Project work

At all levels of the education system, pupils and students attend classes but they also carry out project work, either on an individual basis or in small groups. Activities that cut across disciplines are also an integrated part of Danish education.