Living in Europe | Day care, schooling & family related issues | Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands are considered to be a family-friendly society with a safe and peaceful environment and generous child and parental benefits and child care provision.


The education system in the Faroe Islands is made up of three main levels: elementary school, secondary school, and higher education.

Education is compulsory for at least 9 years, normally beginning at the age of 7.

Faroese is the language of education in all Faroese schools. School children who move to the Faroe Islands are entitled to 20 additional lessons in Faroese.

All education in the Faroe Islands is free of charge.

The public elementary schools offer 9 years of compulsory basic education and an elective 10th year.

In Tórshavn Municipality, there are 10 public elementary schools and two private elementary schools. 

Some public elementary schools also offer a special primary school class for six-years old children.

There are several types of secondary schools in the Faroe Islands building on the education received in elementary school.

Secondary schools can be divided into three groups: technical, business, and general education.

The diplomas awarded by the Faroese secondary schools are equivalent to those awarded in the Danish educational system.

Diplomas from the general secondary school and diplomas after a three years´ course in technical and business schools give access to higher education.

Higher education is offered at the University of the Faroe Islands. The university has five faculties and offers a number of degree programmes.

Bachelor degrees are awarded after three years of study. Master degrees build on bachelor level qualifications and are awarded after two years of study. Ph.D. is a three-year research degree awarded after the defence of a doctoral thesis after three years of study.

Vocational academic education is offered at the Business College.