Children and Youth

If you are bringing children to Denmark, this information might be relevant to you.

All children living in Hjørring Municipality have the right to a day care from the age of 0 to 6 years (when they start school). When the children start school, they have the right to After School Care until the end of the 3rd grade.

Day Care

All children between the age of 0-2 years old have the right to Day Care.

If you wish to have a day care for your children, you must contact "Pladsanvisningen" and register your child for a day care place. We recommend that you contact Pladsanvisningen as soon as possible as there might be waiting lists for certain institutions. You can apply for a day care place immediately after having your child and at least 2 months before you need a place in the daycare.

If you have a nem-id, you are able to sign your children up for daycare online. However, please note that the website is only available in Danish. If you are unable to use the online solution, please call the municipality at +45 7233 3333 and ask for Pladsanvisningen.

Daycare Options in Hjørring Municipality

Child Minders/Day Carers (Dagpleje): For children between 0 and 2 years and 11 months. Together with typically 3 or 4 other children, the child is looked after by a childminder approved by and registered with Hjørring Municipality. The children are cared for in the childminders private home.

Day Nursery (Vuggestue): For children between 0 and 2 years and 11 months. The nursery is staffed by qualified kinder garden teachers and assistant kinder garden teachers.

Kinder Garden (Børnehave): For children between 2 years and 10 months and 6 years/school starting age. Kindergartens are staffed by qualified kinder garden teachers and assistant kinder garden teachers. You can apply for enrollment in a kindergarten when your child is 2 years.

Cost of Day Care

The cost of the day care option you choose is charged on a monthly basis. If you have more children in day care, you qualify for a discount. Contact the "Pladsanvisning" for more detailed information.

Primary and Secondary School

Denmark has a policy of ten years' compulsory education.

Children are to be taught from the age of 6 years old.

All children in Hjørring Municipality, as in Denmark, are entitled to free tuition at one of the municipality’s primary and lower secondary schools (The Folkeskole). This tuition includes a one-year pre-school class followed by nine years of primary and lower secondary education and an optional 10th grade. You can find a list of all public schools within the Municipality here (in Danish only).

In addition to municipal primary and lower secondary school, there are also independent primary and lower secondary schools and private schools where tuition is paid for by the parents. If you are interested in further information about the private school in Hjørring, please have a look here. In addition, we refer to (in Danish only) for further details.

You are responsible for enrolling the child at school. When the child nears school age, the parents will receive a letter from the school stating when you should enroll the child at school and an offer to visit the school. You can also choose another municipal primary and lower secondary school or a private independent primary and lower secondary school. In that case, it is up to you to contact the school of your choice.

As soon as you know your adress, you can sign your children up for school. Please contact the municipal authority 'Skole og Kultur-området at: or tel. 72 33 33 33 for further information. 

Folder and Film about the Danish Folkeskole

After School Care

There are various options of After School Care for school children in Hjørring Municipality.

After School Care (Skolefritidsordning – SFO)
Hjørring Muncipality offers a morning and after-school care scheme (SFO) for all pupils attending 0 to 3rd grade at one of the municipality’s primary and lower secondary school. The After School Care are connected to the school that the children are enrolled in.

After School Clubs
Hjørring Muncipality offers after school clubs ("Juniorklubber") for all pupils attending 4th to 6th grade at one of the Municipality’s primary and lower secondary schools. The Juniorclubs offer safe environments for the children with a variety of developmental and stimulating activities for the children with adult support. After school clubs are not linked to a particular school as the SFOs but like SFOs they are paid for by the parents.

In addition, Hjørring Muncipality offers After School Clubs ("Ungdomsklubber") for children between 11 and 17 years.

Upper Secondary School

Following primary school nearly all Danish students continue on to some form of upper secondary education.

Upper secondary education consists of general and vocational programmes for students from 16-20 years old. Danish is normally the language of instruction in the general upper secondary education programmes.

Further information about the Upper Secondary School in Denmark

Higher Education

Danish universities and institutions of higher education offer a wide array of programmes of study and qualification opportunities.

These education programmes can be divided into two main categories:

  • Universities that offer research-based programmes at the bachelor and masters levels
  • Other institutions of higher education that offer vocation-related programmes of short to medium duration.
  • All educational institutions welcome international students, regardless of whether they come as guest students or to complete an entire programme of study.

Danish is the language of instruction for most programmes of study, but there are also many opportunities for students without Danish language skills to take individual courses and entire programmes of study in English.