The levels of education in Greenland are primary, secondary and higher education. A 10-year primary education is compulsory for all children aged between 6 and 16. Education in Greenland is controlled by the Greenlandic Department of Education.[1] Danish is taught as a second language starting in the first grade.[2]

Following primary school, Greenlanders can choose to go to a secondary education, either in a gymnasium (a Nordic type of school similar to high school), or a vocational education.[3] Many Greenlanders choose to leave Greenland for Denmark to continue their education, either after primary school, or gymnasium.[4]

Greenlanders pursuing a high education can go to university in Denmark, holding the same rights as any other Danish citizen. They can also choose to stay in Greenland and pursue a higher education in the capital city of Nuuk, at the University of Greenland.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Grundskole i Grønland | Nordisk Samarbejde". (in Danish). Retrieved 2022-11-09.
  2. ^ "Grønlands Statistik". Retrieved 2022-11-09.
  3. ^ "Erhvervsuddannelser". Campus Kujalleq (in Danish). Retrieved 2022-11-09.
  4. ^ a b "Radio: Mange grønlandske unge dropper studiet i Danmark på grund af kulturforskelle". NetAvisen (in Danish). Retrieved 2022-11-09.