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 Tonga 15.00 2016
1 Ecuador 15.00 2016
1 Dominican Republic 15.00 2016
4 Argentina 14.00 2016
4 Brazil 14.00 2016
4 Mexico 14.00 2016
4 Uruguay 14.00 2016
4 Nauru 14.00 2016
4 Peru 14.00 2016
4 Bolivia 14.00 2016
4 Venezuela 14.00 2016
12 Paraguay 13.00 2016
12 Chile 13.00 2016
12 Macedonia 13.00 2016
12 Puerto Rico 13.00 2016
12 Israel 13.00 2016
12 Philippines 13.00 2016
18 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 12.00 2016
18 Cayman Islands 12.00 2016
18 Honduras 12.00 2016
18 Luxembourg 12.00 2016
18 El Salvador 12.00 2016
18 Dominica 12.00 2016
18 Armenia 12.00 2016
18 Belgium 12.00 2016
18 Germany 12.00 2016
18 Mongolia 12.00 2016
18 Netherlands 12.00 2016
18 Kenya 12.00 2016
18 St. Kitts and Nevis 12.00 2016
18 Uzbekistan 12.00 2016
18 Italy 12.00 2016
18 The Bahamas 12.00 2016
18 Poland 12.00 2016
18 Turkmenistan 12.00 2016
18 United States 12.00 2016
18 Palau 12.00 2016
18 Switzerland 12.00 2016
18 Grenada 12.00 2016
18 Pakistan 12.00 2016
18 Turkey 12.00 2016
42 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 11.00 2016
42 Mauritius 11.00 2016
42 United Kingdom 11.00 2016
42 Ghana 11.00 2016
42 Bulgaria 11.00 2016
42 Russia 11.00 2016
42 Monaco 11.00 2016
42 Barbados 11.00 2016
42 Latvia 11.00 2016
42 Panama 11.00 2016
42 France 11.00 2016
42 Antigua and Barbuda 11.00 2016
42 Malta 11.00 2016
42 Costa Rica 11.00 2016
42 Ukraine 11.00 2016
42 Senegal 11.00 2016
58 Macao SAR, China 10.00 2016
58 Canada 10.00 2016
58 Algeria 10.00 2016
58 Finland 10.00 2016
58 Vietnam 10.00 2016
58 Slovak Republic 10.00 2016
58 Azerbaijan 10.00 2016
58 Norway 10.00 2016
58 Greenland 10.00 2016
58 Burkina Faso 10.00 2016
58 Cabo Verde 10.00 2016
58 Australia 10.00 2016
58 Ireland 10.00 2016
58 Iceland 10.00 2016
58 Kyrgyz Republic 10.00 2016
58 Guatemala 10.00 2016
58 Colombia 10.00 2016
58 Denmark 10.00 2016
58 Central African Republic 10.00 2016
58 Djibouti 10.00 2016
58 Spain 10.00 2016
58 Andorra 10.00 2016
58 Côte d'Ivoire 10.00 2016
58 Congo 10.00 2016
58 Jordan 10.00 2016
58 Romania 10.00 2016
58 New Zealand 10.00 2016
58 St. Lucia 10.00 2016
58 Togo 10.00 2016
58 Gabon 10.00 2016
58 Chad 10.00 2016
58 San Marino 10.00 2016
58 Seychelles 10.00 2016
91 Syrian Arab Republic 9.00 2016
91 Tajikistan 9.00 2016
91 Tunisia 9.00 2016
91 Guinea-Bissau 9.00 2016
91 Yemen 9.00 2016
91 Moldova 9.00 2016
91 Bosnia and Herzegovina 9.00 2016
91 Liechtenstein 9.00 2016
91 Nigeria 9.00 2016
91 Mali 9.00 2016
91 Slovenia 9.00 2016
91 Greece 9.00 2016
91 Bahrain 9.00 2016
91 Czech Republic 9.00 2016
91 The Gambia 9.00 2016
91 Sri Lanka 9.00 2016
91 Qatar 9.00 2016
91 Estonia 9.00 2016
91 Timor-Leste 9.00 2016
91 Morocco 9.00 2016
91 Saudi Arabia 9.00 2016
91 Thailand 9.00 2016
91 Cuba 9.00 2016
91 Georgia 9.00 2016
91 Lebanon 9.00 2016
91 Lithuania 9.00 2016
91 Korea 9.00 2016
91 Kuwait 9.00 2016
91 Japan 9.00 2016
91 Egypt 9.00 2016
91 China 9.00 2016
91 Hong Kong SAR, China 9.00 2016
91 Afghanistan 9.00 2016
91 Montenegro 9.00 2016
91 Sweden 9.00 2016
91 South Africa 9.00 2016
91 Belarus 9.00 2016
91 Indonesia 9.00 2016
91 Kiribati 9.00 2016
91 Libya 9.00 2016
91 Brunei 9.00 2016
91 Cyprus 9.00 2016
91 Kazakhstan 9.00 2016
91 Albania 9.00 2016
91 Austria 9.00 2016
91 Portugal 9.00 2016
91 Sierra Leone 9.00 2016
138 Belize 8.00 2016
138 Ethiopia 8.00 2016
138 Croatia 8.00 2016
138 Serbia 8.00 2016
138 Samoa 8.00 2016
138 Sudan 8.00 2016
138 Tuvalu 8.00 2016
138 Eritrea 8.00 2016
138 India 8.00 2016
138 Malawi 8.00 2016
138 Hungary 8.00 2016
138 Iran 8.00 2016
150 Zimbabwe 7.00 2016
150 Tanzania 7.00 2016
150 Swaziland 7.00 2016
150 Zambia 7.00 2016
150 Lesotho 7.00 2016
150 Mozambique 7.00 2016
150 Namibia 7.00 2016
150 Uganda 7.00 2016
150 Nicaragua 7.00 2016
159 Benin 6.00 2016
159 Angola 6.00 2016
159 Trinidad and Tobago 6.00 2016
159 Guinea 6.00 2016
159 Malaysia 6.00 2016
159 United Arab Emirates 6.00 2016
159 Liberia 6.00 2016
159 Cameroon 6.00 2016
159 Mauritania 6.00 2016
159 Guyana 6.00 2016
159 Haiti 6.00 2016
159 Comoros 6.00 2016
159 Rwanda 6.00 2016
159 Singapore 6.00 2016
159 Equatorial Guinea 6.00 2016
159 Dem. Rep. Congo 6.00 2016
159 Suriname 6.00 2016
159 São Tomé and Principe 6.00 2016
159 Iraq 6.00 2016
159 Jamaica 6.00 2016
179 Madagascar 5.00 2016
179 Lao PDR 5.00 2016
179 Myanmar 5.00 2016
179 Bangladesh 5.00 2016
183 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.