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Primary school starting age , 2022:

The average for 2022 based on 194 countries was 6 years. The highest value was in Afghanistan: 7 years and the lowest value was in Antigua and Barbuda: 5 years. The indicator is available from 1970 to 2022. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: years; Source: UNESCO
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* indicates monthly or quarterly data series


Countries School starting age, primary school, 2022 Global rank Available data
Afghanistan 7 1 1970 - 2022
Bulgaria 7 2 1970 - 2022
Burundi 7 3 1970 - 2022
Croatia 7 4 1970 - 2022
El Salvador 7 5 1970 - 2022
Eq. Guinea 7 6 1970 - 2022
Estonia 7 7 1970 - 2022
Ethiopia 7 8 1970 - 2022
Finland 7 9 1970 - 2022
Gambia 7 10 1970 - 2022
Guatemala 7 11 1970 - 2022
Guinea 7 12 1970 - 2022
Hungary 7 13 1970 - 2022
Indonesia 7 14 1970 - 2022
Kyrgyzstan 7 15 1970 - 2022
Latvia 7 16 1970 - 2022
Liechtenstein 7 17 1970 - 2022
Lithuania 7 18 1970 - 2022
Mali 7 19 1970 - 2022
Moldova 7 20 1970 - 2022
Namibia 7 21 1970 - 2022
Niger 7 22 1970 - 2022
North Korea 7 23 1970 - 2022
Papua N.G. 7 24 1970 - 2022
Poland 7 25 1970 - 2022
Russia 7 26 1970 - 2022
Serbia 7 27 1970 - 2022
South Africa 7 28 1970 - 2022
Sweden 7 29 1970 - 2022
Tajikistan 7 30 1970 - 2022
Tanzania 7 31 1970 - 2022
Uzbekistan 7 32 1970 - 2022
Zambia 7 33 1970 - 2022
Albania 6 34 1970 - 2022
Algeria 6 35 1970 - 2022
Andorra 6 36 1970 - 2022
Angola 6 37 1970 - 2022
Argentina 6 38 1970 - 2022
Armenia 6 39 1970 - 2022
Aruba 6 40 1970 - 2022
Austria 6 41 1970 - 2022
Azerbaijan 6 42 1970 - 2022
Bahrain 6 43 1970 - 2022
Bangladesh 6 44 1970 - 2022
Belarus 6 45 1970 - 2022
Belgium 6 46 1970 - 2022
Benin 6 47 1970 - 2022
Bolivia 6 48 1970 - 2022
Bosnia & Herz. 6 49 1970 - 2022
Botswana 6 50 1970 - 2022
Brazil 6 51 1970 - 2022
Brunei 6 52 1970 - 2022
Burkina Faso 6 53 1970 - 2022
Cambodia 6 54 1970 - 2022
Cameroon 6 55 1970 - 2022
Canada 6 56 1970 - 2022
Cape Verde 6 57 1970 - 2022
C.A. Republic 6 58 1970 - 2022
Chad 6 59 1970 - 2022
Chile 6 60 1970 - 2022
China 6 61 1970 - 2022
Colombia 6 62 1970 - 2022
Comoros 6 63 1970 - 2022
Costa Rica 6 64 1970 - 2022
Cyprus 6 65 1970 - 2022
Czechia 6 66 1970 - 2022
DR Congo 6 67 1970 - 2022
Denmark 6 68 1970 - 2022
Djibouti 6 69 1970 - 2022
Domin. Rep. 6 70 1970 - 2022
Ecuador 6 71 1970 - 2022
Egypt 6 72 1970 - 2022
Eritrea 6 73 1970 - 2022
Fiji 6 74 1970 - 2022
France 6 75 1970 - 2022
Gabon 6 76 1970 - 2022
Georgia 6 77 1970 - 2022
Germany 6 78 1970 - 2022
Ghana 6 79 1970 - 2022
Greece 6 80 1970 - 2022
G.-Bissau 6 81 1970 - 2022
Guyana 6 82 1970 - 2022
Haiti 6 83 1970 - 2022
Honduras 6 84 1970 - 2022
Hong Kong 6 85 1970 - 2022
Iceland 6 86 1970 - 2022
India 6 87 1970 - 2022
Iran 6 88 1970 - 2022
Iraq 6 89 1970 - 2022
Israel 6 90 1970 - 2022
Italy 6 91 1970 - 2022
Ivory Coast 6 92 1970 - 2022
Jamaica 6 93 1970 - 2022
Japan 6 94 1970 - 2022
Jordan 6 95 1970 - 2022
Kazakhstan 6 96 1970 - 2022
Kenya 6 97 1970 - 2022
Kiribati 6 98 1970 - 2022
Kuwait 6 99 1970 - 2022
Laos 6 100 1970 - 2022
Lebanon 6 101 1970 - 2022
Lesotho 6 102 1970 - 2022
Liberia 6 103 1970 - 2022
Libya 6 104 1970 - 2022
Luxembourg 6 105 1970 - 2022
Macao 6 106 1970 - 2022
Madagascar 6 107 1970 - 2022
Malawi 6 108 1970 - 2022
Malaysia 6 109 1970 - 2022
Maldives 6 110 1970 - 2022
Mauritania 6 111 1970 - 2022
Mexico 6 112 1970 - 2022
Micronesia 6 113 1970 - 2022
Monaco 6 114 1970 - 2022
Mongolia 6 115 1970 - 2022
Montenegro 6 116 1970 - 2022
Morocco 6 117 1970 - 2022
Mozambique 6 118 1970 - 2022
Netherlands 6 119 1970 - 2022
N. Caledonia 6 120 1982 - 2022
Nicaragua 6 121 1970 - 2022
Nigeria 6 122 1970 - 2022
North Macedonia 6 123 1970 - 2022
Norway 6 124 1970 - 2022
Oman 6 125 1970 - 2022
Palau 6 126 1970 - 2022
Palestine 6 127 1970 - 2022
Panama 6 128 1970 - 2022
Paraguay 6 129 1970 - 2022
Peru 6 130 1970 - 2022
Philippines 6 131 1970 - 2022
Portugal 6 132 1970 - 2022
Puerto Rico 6 133 1970 - 2022
Qatar 6 134 1970 - 2022
R. of Congo 6 135 1970 - 2022
Romania 6 136 1970 - 2022
Rwanda 6 137 1970 - 2022
San Marino 6 138 1970 - 2022
S.T.&Principe 6 139 1970 - 2022
Saudi Arabia 6 140 1970 - 2022
Senegal 6 141 1970 - 2022
Seychelles 6 142 1970 - 2022
Sierra Leone 6 143 1970 - 2022
Singapore 6 144 1970 - 2022
Slovakia 6 145 1970 - 2022
Slovenia 6 146 1970 - 2022
Solomon Isl. 6 147 1970 - 2022
Somalia 6 148 1970 - 2022
South Korea 6 149 1970 - 2022
Spain 6 150 1970 - 2022
Sudan 6 151 1998 - 2022
Suriname 6 152 1970 - 2022
Swaziland 6 153 1970 - 2022
Switzerland 6 154 1970 - 2022
Syria 6 155 1970 - 2022
Thailand 6 156 1970 - 2022
Togo 6 157 1970 - 2022
Tonga 6 158 1970 - 2022
Tunisia 6 159 1970 - 2022
Turkey 6 160 1970 - 2022
Turkmenistan 6 161 1970 - 2022
Tuvalu 6 162 1970 - 2022
Uganda 6 163 1970 - 2022
Ukraine 6 164 1970 - 2022
UA Emirates 6 165 1970 - 2022
Uruguay 6 166 1970 - 2022
USA 6 167 1970 - 2022
Vanuatu 6 168 1970 - 2022
Vietnam 6 169 1970 - 2022
Yemen 6 170 1970 - 2022
Zimbabwe 6 171 1970 - 2022
Ant.& Barb. 5 172 1970 - 2022
Australia 5 173 1970 - 2022
Bahamas 5 174 1970 - 2022
Barbados 5 175 1970 - 2022
Belize 5 176 1970 - 2022
Bermuda 5 177 1970 - 2022
Bhutan 5 178 1970 - 2022
Burma 5 179 1970 - 2022
Dominica 5 180 1970 - 2022
Gibraltar 5 181 1970 - 2022
Grenada 5 182 1970 - 2022
Ireland 5 183 1970 - 2022
Malta 5 184 1970 - 2022
Mauritius 5 185 1970 - 2022
Nepal 5 186 1970 - 2022
New Zealand 5 187 1970 - 2022
Pakistan 5 188 1970 - 2022
Saint Lucia 5 189 1970 - 2022
St. Vincent & ... 5 190 1970 - 2022
Samoa 5 191 1970 - 2022
Sri Lanka 5 192 1970 - 2022
Tr.&Tobago 5 193 1970 - 2022
UK 5 194 1970 - 2022



Definition: Primary school starting age is the age at which students would enter primary education, assuming they had started at the official entrance age for the lowest level of education, had studied full-time throughout and had progressed through the system without repeating or skipping a grade.

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