Ten or eleven years in primary school seems quite long to what I am used to as well.
How many more years are spent in Secondary School before a young Danish person can enter University?
It is interesting to learn about the Irish School System too, Tigerben, thanks.
Here, in Victoria, it's one year of 4 Year Old Kindergarten that is paid for by the Government before Primary School starts. (Some children also attend Kinder before that and pay privately.)
Children must be turning 5 no later than the 30th. April of the year that they start.
(All children start school at the start of the school year, at the end of January.)
So that makes the youngest child about 4 years and 9 months and the oldest would be about six. (Parents can delay their child starting school until they are six.)
Primary School consists of seven levels - Prep and Years One to Six. Seven years in total. (..unless a child is held back due to them not coping, which is an unusual but acceptable occurrence.)
Secondary School then consists of six years. Years Seven to Twelve.
Of those, Year Eleven and Year Twelve are the final years - when most children who wish to attend Tertiary institutions study for University Entrance Scores.. Some bright kids can start Year Eleven subjects in Year Ten and therefore can finish Secondary School a year earlier and some kids like to take three years to complete Years Eleven and Twelve - so take an extra year at Secondary School. It is by far the most common practise for children to spend six years in Secondary School though.
Some people who don't wish to go on to University concentrate on more practical subjects during their Year Eleven and Twelve and graduate with alternate qualifications such as the first year of a Building Apprenticeship or Food Handling Certificate.
So Victorians tend to spend thirteen years at school before University - from ages 5/6 to 17/18.
Students are 17/18 when starting University. (If they take a Gap Year, they'll be one year older.)
Does the Danish system have fewer years at Secondary School?
Or do Danish students begin University at an age older than 18?