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: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (http://uis.unesco.org/)

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Venezuela 17.00 2018
2 Guatemala 16.00 2018
3 Tonga 15.00 2018
3 Dominican Republic 15.00 2018
3 El Salvador 15.00 2018
3 Ecuador 15.00 2018
3 Israel 15.00 2019
8 Argentina 14.00 2018
8 Bolivia 14.00 2018
8 Peru 14.00 2018
8 Nauru 14.00 2018
8 Uruguay 14.00 2018
8 Mexico 14.00 2018
8 Brazil 14.00 2018
15 Paraguay 13.00 2018
15 North Macedonia 13.00 2018
15 Austria 13.00 2018
15 Hungary 13.00 2018
15 Puerto Rico 13.00 2018
15 Costa Rica 13.00 2018
15 Germany 13.00 2018
15 Netherlands 13.00 2018
15 Philippines 13.00 2018
24 Portugal 12.00 2019
24 Belgium 12.00 2018
24 Pakistan 12.00 2018
24 Armenia 12.00 2018
24 Italy 12.00 2018
24 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 12.00 2018
24 Mongolia 12.00 2018
24 Chile 12.00 2018
24 Cayman Islands 12.00 2018
24 Honduras 12.00 2018
24 Luxembourg 12.00 2018
24 Turkey 12.00 2018
24 Colombia 12.00 2018
24 Turkmenistan 12.00 2018
24 Kenya 12.00 2018
24 Egypt 12.00 2018
24 Grenada 12.00 2018
24 Palau 12.00 2018
24 The Bahamas 12.00 2018
24 St. Kitts and Nevis 12.00 2018
24 Dominica 12.00 2018
24 Uzbekistan 12.00 2018
24 United States 12.00 2018
47 Antigua and Barbuda 11.00 2018
47 Senegal 11.00 2018
47 Panama 11.00 2018
47 Switzerland 11.00 2018
47 Bulgaria 11.00 2018
47 Latvia 11.00 2018
47 Barbados 11.00 2018
47 Mauritius 11.00 2018
47 United Kingdom 11.00 2018
47 Ukraine 11.00 2018
47 Russia 11.00 2018
47 Moldova 11.00 2018
47 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 11.00 2018
47 Malta 11.00 2018
47 Ghana 11.00 2018
47 Sri Lanka 11.00 2018
47 Monaco 11.00 2019
64 Andorra 10.00 2018
64 Azerbaijan 10.00 2018
64 Norway 10.00 2018
64 Oman 10.00 2018
64 Greenland 10.00 2018
64 Macao SAR, China 10.00 2018
64 Chad 10.00 2018
64 San Marino 10.00 2018
64 Côte d'Ivoire 10.00 2018
64 Congo 10.00 2018
64 Jordan 10.00 2018
64 Lebanon 10.00 2018
64 Lithuania 10.00 2018
64 Togo 10.00 2018
64 Gabon 10.00 2018
64 New Zealand 10.00 2018
64 St. Lucia 10.00 2018
64 Poland 10.00 2018
64 Vietnam 10.00 2018
64 Kyrgyz Republic 10.00 2018
64 Romania 10.00 2018
64 Denmark 10.00 2018
64 Slovak Republic 10.00 2019
64 Canada 10.00 2018
64 Cyprus 10.00 2018
64 Algeria 10.00 2018
64 Finland 10.00 2018
64 Seychelles 10.00 2018
64 Central African Republic 10.00 2018
64 Djibouti 10.00 2019
64 Spain 10.00 2019
64 Australia 10.00 2018
64 Sweden 10.00 2019
64 Greece 10.00 2019
64 Burkina Faso 10.00 2018
64 Cabo Verde 10.00 2018
64 France 10.00 2019
64 Ireland 10.00 2018
64 Iceland 10.00 2019
103 Indonesia 9.00 2018
103 Mali 9.00 2018
103 Slovenia 9.00 2018
103 South Africa 9.00 2018
103 Bosnia and Herzegovina 9.00 2018
103 Montenegro 9.00 2018
103 Mauritania 9.00 2018
103 Japan 9.00 2018
103 Syrian Arab Republic 9.00 2018
103 Tajikistan 9.00 2018
103 Tunisia 9.00 2018
103 Guinea-Bissau 9.00 2018
103 China 9.00 2018
103 Thailand 9.00 2018
103 Afghanistan 9.00 2018
103 Hong Kong SAR, China 9.00 2018
103 Saudi Arabia 9.00 2018
103 Morocco 9.00 2018
103 Cuba 9.00 2018
103 Georgia 9.00 2018
103 Kazakhstan 9.00 2019
103 Yemen 9.00 2018
103 Timor-Leste 9.00 2018
103 Korea 9.00 2018
103 Kuwait 9.00 2018
103 Estonia 9.00 2018
103 Albania 9.00 2018
103 Iran 9.00 2018
103 Liechtenstein 9.00 2018
103 Nigeria 9.00 2018
103 Belarus 9.00 2018
103 Bahrain 9.00 2018
103 Czech Republic 9.00 2018
103 The Gambia 9.00 2018
103 Qatar 9.00 2018
103 Brunei 9.00 2018
103 Kiribati 9.00 2018
103 Libya 9.00 2018
103 Sierra Leone 9.00 2018
103 Lao PDR 9.00 2018
143 Samoa 8.00 2018
143 Belize 8.00 2018
143 Ethiopia 8.00 2018
143 Croatia 8.00 2018
143 Serbia 8.00 2018
143 Tuvalu 8.00 2018
143 Eritrea 8.00 2018
143 Sudan 8.00 2018
143 Malawi 8.00 2018
143 India 8.00 2018
153 Lesotho 7.00 2018
153 Zimbabwe 7.00 2018
153 Nicaragua 7.00 2018
153 Tanzania 7.00 2018
153 Uganda 7.00 2018
153 Eswatini 7.00 2018
153 Zambia 7.00 2018
160 Cameroon 6.00 2018
160 Guinea 6.00 2018
160 São Tomé and Principe 6.00 2018
160 Rwanda 6.00 2018
160 Singapore 6.00 2018
160 Comoros 6.00 2018
160 Trinidad and Tobago 6.00 2018
160 Suriname 6.00 2019
160 Guyana 6.00 2018
160 Haiti 6.00 2018
160 Malaysia 6.00 2018
160 United Arab Emirates 6.00 2018
160 Benin 6.00 2018
160 Iraq 6.00 2018
160 Jamaica 6.00 2018
160 Liberia 6.00 2018
160 Equatorial Guinea 6.00 2018
160 Dem. Rep. Congo 6.00 2018
160 Angola 6.00 2018
179 Bangladesh 5.00 2018
179 Madagascar 5.00 2018
179 Myanmar 5.00 2018
182 New Caledonia 0.00 2018

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Other Notes: Data retrieved via API in March 2019. For detailed information on the observation level (e.g. National Estimation, UIS Estimation, or Category not applicable), please visit UIS.Stat (http://data.uis.unesco.org/).

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