360x240-denmarkCompulsory Education Age

9 years of education (age not stipulated in law, but generally 6-15).

Estimated Number of Homeschoolers

About 250 families

Legal Status

The right of parents to educate their children at home has long been fundamental in Denmark, though the availability of a variety of schools including some which are very small has made it rare for parents to do so.  Friskole in fact have their roots in the practice of household education.

The Danish Constitution guarantees parents the right to choose where education is received in §76 of Chapter VIII of 1849. According to the Danish Ministry of Education, “Provided a certain minimum standard [of education] is obtained, it is a matter of choice for the parents whether the education is received 1) in the publicly provided municipal primary and lower secondary school, 2) in a private school, or 3) at home.”

The 1995 education law provides a broad exemption from the requirement to attend a public school, including a home-schooling provision:

Children who participate in the teaching provided in a registered free elementary school, in a private upper secondary school, in a State upper secondary school, in a municipal or county upper secondary school, and children who receive teaching in a 24-hour institution in pursuance of the Social Assistance Act or who receive home tuition in pursuance of the provisions laid down in the Act on Free Schools and Private Elementary Schools, do not have to participate in the teaching of the Folkeskole.

They are required, however, to ensure that their children receive an education equivalent to that provided in the Folkeskole. Homeschoolers are supervised by the local municipality. These supervisors exist to make sure that homeschool children are receiving the education. In practice supervision can vary a great deal, and practices differ from one municipality to the other.

Latest numbers are approx. 350 children. This is not an estimate but based on a survey of all Danish municipalities taken by the Danish organization of homeschoolers, "Fri Læring" in 2017.

92% of the municipalities took part in the survey, so the actual number of homeschoolers might be a little bit higher. The actual number of children per municipality can be accessed in below link (in Danish though).

Contact Information

Hjemmeundervisning og unschooling i Danmark
“Homeschooling and Unschooling in Denmark”
POC: Morten and Sisse Holmstrup
Contact via the website

Danish homeschool website

Fri Laering: https://www.xn--frilring-m0a.dk/