Education


Ten years of primary school is mandatory in Greenland. Children start primary school at the age of six. Children from small settlements need to leave their home and move to the nearest town in order to attend 8th-10th grade. Danish is taught as a second language from the first grade on, and English is taught from the lowest grades. After elementary school, about half of the children study one year at a continuation school in Greenland or Denmark.

Only 1 in 7 pupils continue directly to upper secondary education. Many young people have to move to another town to pursue an upper secondary education.

Only four towns have high schools, while most vocational educations are offered at six main vocational colleges. The vocational educations alternate between theoretical classes and practical training as apprenticeships in companies or at the school.

Many young people in Greenland do not attain an upper secondary education. Among the 18-25 year olds, nearly 6 out of 10 have yet to complete, or are still active in, high school or vocational educations.

Greenland´s University, Ilisimatusarfik, is located in the capital Nuuk. It offers 11 bachelor programs and 4 master programs. Short-cycle higher educations are also offered at some vocational schools. As only a few higher educations are offered in Greenland, 40 per cent of the students study abroad. The majority study in Denmark.

Education is free, and students receive a monthly student grant. Apprentices usually receive salary from the apprenticeship. Students that need to move to another town for studies are entitled to a dormitory room.

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Educational progress

Country of residence after graduation, 2003-2018 (UDEBD1)
Transition from lower secondary education to upper secondary education by municipality and gender, 2008-2018 (UDETRFA1)
Transition from lower secondary education to upper secondary education by elementary school, 2008-2018 (UDETRFA2)
Transition from general upper secondary education to further education by graduation institution (UDETRGU1)
Transition from general upper secondary education to further education by gender (UDETRGU2)

Grades

Grade point average in lower secondary education by school, 2008-2019 (UDEFDS)
Share of grades in lower secondary education by municipality, 2008-2019 (UDEFFK)
Grade point average in lower secondary education by municipality and sex, 2008-2019 (UDEFKK)
Grade test results by schools, 2009-2019 (UDETDS)
Grade test results by municipality and place of residence, 2009-2019 (UDETKB)
Grade test results by municipality and sex, 2009-2019 (UDETKK)

Educational activity

Enrolment in education, 2003-2018 (UDEISC11A)
Number of students in education, 2003-2018 (UDEISC11B)
Number of graduations, 2003-2018 (UDEISC11D)

Educational attainment

Educational profile by residence and place of birth 2002-2016 (UDEISCPROA)
Educational profile by age 2002-2016 (UDEISCPROB)
Educational profile by age and place of birth 2002-2016 (UDEISCPROC)
Educational attainment (16-74 years) by place of residence, 2002-2018 (UDEISCPROD)
Educational attainment (16-74 years) by field of education, 2002-2018 (UDEISCPROE)
Educational attainment (16-74 years) by place of birth, 2002-2018 (UDEISCPROF)
Educational attainment (16-74 years) by regions, 2002-2018 (UDEISCPROG)
Educational attainment (16-74 years) i pct., 2002-2018 (UDEISCPROH)

Education and employment 16-25 years old

Education and employment for 16-25 year olds by educational attainment, 2010-2017 (UDEUMG3)
Education and employment for 16-25 year olds by district as 12 years old, 2010-2017 (UDEUMG4)
Education and employment for 16-25 year olds by district, 2010-2017 (UDEUMG5)

Educational activity at institutions

Enrolment in education in Greenland by school and education programme, 2013-2018 (UDEISC11I)
Number of students in education in Greenland by school and education programme, 2013-2018 (UDEISC11J)
Number of graduations in Greenland by school and education programme, 2013-2018 (UDEISC11K)

Apprentice

Continuation School

Pupils at continuation schools by year of birth 1994-2001 (UDEESE)
Pupils at continuation schools by age, 2009/10-2017/18 (UDEESF)
Pupils at continuation schools by municipality, 2009/10-2017/18 (UDEESG)

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Upper secondary education

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Continuation School

Primary and lower secondary education

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