Compulsory education, duration (years) - Country Ranking

Definition: Duration of compulsory education is the number of years that children are legally obliged to attend school.

Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Ecuador 15.00 2014
1 Venezuela 15.00 2014
1 Dominican Republic 15.00 2014
1 Tonga 15.00 2014
5 Peru 14.00 2014
5 Bolivia 14.00 2014
5 Uruguay 14.00 2014
5 Mexico 14.00 2014
5 Brazil 14.00 2014
10 Israel 13.00 2014
10 Argentina 13.00 2014
10 Philippines 13.00 2014
10 Chile 13.00 2014
10 Puerto Rico 13.00 2014
10 Paraguay 13.00 2014
16 Turkey 12.00 2014
16 Mongolia 12.00 2014
16 Netherlands 12.00 2014
16 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 12.00 2014
16 Switzerland 12.00 2014
16 United States 12.00 2014
16 Kenya 12.00 2014
16 Belgium 12.00 2014
16 Germany 12.00 2014
16 Palau 12.00 2014
16 Grenada 12.00 2014
16 Pakistan 12.00 2014
16 Italy 12.00 2014
16 Turkmenistan 12.00 2014
16 Egypt 12.00 2014
16 Poland 12.00 2014
16 Cayman Islands 12.00 2014
16 Honduras 12.00 2014
16 Luxembourg 12.00 2014
16 El Salvador 12.00 2014
36 Senegal 11.00 2014
36 Panama 11.00 2014
36 Monaco 11.00 2014
36 Mauritius 11.00 2014
36 The Bahamas 11.00 2014
36 Barbados 11.00 2014
36 United Kingdom 11.00 2014
36 Bulgaria 11.00 2014
36 Malta 11.00 2014
36 Costa Rica 11.00 2014
36 Ukraine 11.00 2014
36 Armenia 11.00 2014
36 Ghana 11.00 2014
36 France 11.00 2014
36 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 11.00 2014
36 Dominica 11.00 2014
36 Antigua and Barbuda 11.00 2014
36 St. Kitts and Nevis 11.00 2014
36 Latvia 11.00 2014
36 Uzbekistan 11.00 2014
56 Ireland 10.00 2014
56 Iceland 10.00 2014
56 Burkina Faso 10.00 2014
56 Cabo Verde 10.00 2014
56 Romania 10.00 2014
56 Macao SAR, China 10.00 2014
56 Vietnam 10.00 2014
56 Slovak Republic 10.00 2014
56 Greenland 10.00 2014
56 Andorra 10.00 2014
56 San Marino 10.00 2014
56 Congo 10.00 2014
56 Jordan 10.00 2014
56 Norway 10.00 2014
56 Gabon 10.00 2014
56 Algeria 10.00 2014
56 Finland 10.00 2014
56 Russia 10.00 2014
56 Togo 10.00 2014
56 Canada 10.00 2014
56 Djibouti 10.00 2014
56 Spain 10.00 2014
56 Chad 10.00 2014
56 Australia 10.00 2014
56 Seychelles 10.00 2014
56 Guatemala 10.00 2014
56 Colombia 10.00 2014
56 Denmark 10.00 2014
56 New Zealand 10.00 2014
56 St. Lucia 10.00 2014
56 Kazakhstan 10.00 2014
87 Morocco 9.00 2014
87 Cuba 9.00 2014
87 Georgia 9.00 2014
87 Macedonia 9.00 2014
87 Saudi Arabia 9.00 2014
87 South Africa 9.00 2014
87 Hong Kong SAR, China 9.00 2014
87 China 9.00 2014
87 Afghanistan 9.00 2014
87 Syrian Arab Republic 9.00 2014
87 Tajikistan 9.00 2014
87 Tunisia 9.00 2014
87 The Gambia 9.00 2014
87 Sri Lanka 9.00 2014
87 Qatar 9.00 2014
87 Japan 9.00 2014
87 Cyprus 9.00 2014
87 Korea 9.00 2014
87 Kuwait 9.00 2014
87 Guinea-Bissau 9.00 2014
87 Estonia 9.00 2014
87 Greece 9.00 2014
87 Belarus 9.00 2014
87 Portugal 9.00 2014
87 Sierra Leone 9.00 2014
87 Mali 9.00 2014
87 Slovenia 9.00 2014
87 Bosnia and Herzegovina 9.00 2014
87 Lebanon 9.00 2014
87 Lithuania 9.00 2014
87 Bahrain 9.00 2014
87 Czech Republic 9.00 2014
87 Kiribati 9.00 2014
87 Libya 9.00 2014
87 Brunei 9.00 2014
87 Thailand 9.00 2014
87 Kyrgyz Republic 9.00 2014
87 Azerbaijan 9.00 2014
87 Timor-Leste 9.00 2014
87 Moldova 9.00 2014
87 Liechtenstein 9.00 2014
87 Nigeria 9.00 2014
87 Yemen 9.00 2014
87 Indonesia 9.00 2014
87 Albania 9.00 2014
87 Austria 9.00 2014
87 Montenegro 9.00 2014
87 Sweden 9.00 2014
135 Serbia 8.00 2014
135 Hungary 8.00 2014
135 Iran 8.00 2014
135 Belize 8.00 2014
135 India 8.00 2014
135 Croatia 8.00 2014
135 Tuvalu 8.00 2014
135 Samoa 8.00 2014
135 Sudan 8.00 2014
144 Lesotho 7.00 2014
144 Swaziland 7.00 2014
144 Zimbabwe 7.00 2014
144 Namibia 7.00 2014
144 Uganda 7.00 2014
144 Nicaragua 7.00 2014
144 Tanzania 7.00 2014
151 Suriname 6.00 2014
151 Angola 6.00 2014
151 Dem. Rep. Congo 6.00 2014
151 Guinea 6.00 2014
151 Guyana 6.00 2014
151 Haiti 6.00 2014
151 Trinidad and Tobago 6.00 2014
151 Equatorial Guinea 6.00 2014
151 United Arab Emirates 6.00 2014
151 São Tomé and Principe 6.00 2014
151 Iraq 6.00 2014
151 Jamaica 6.00 2014
151 Comoros 6.00 2014
151 Rwanda 6.00 2014
151 Singapore 6.00 2014
151 Liberia 6.00 2014
151 Mauritania 6.00 2014
151 Cameroon 6.00 2014
151 Benin 6.00 2014
151 Malaysia 6.00 2014
171 Madagascar 5.00 2014
171 Lao PDR 5.00 2014
171 Bangladesh 5.00 2014
171 Myanmar 5.00 2014
175 New Caledonia 0.00 1999

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Statistical Concept and Methodology: Data on education are collected by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics from official responses to its annual education survey. All the data are mapped to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) to ensure the comparability of education programs at the international level. The current version was formally adopted by UNESCO Member States in 2011. Aggregate data are based on World Bank estimates. The reference years reflect the school year for which the data are presented. In some countries the school year spans two calendar years (for example, from September 2010 to June 2011); in these cases the reference year refers to the year in which the school year ended (2011 in the example).

Aggregation method: Median

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: Aggregate data are based on World Bank estimates.