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Day care and schooling

In Iceland, families with children can expect a high degree of freedom and a family-friendly environment that emphasizes equal opportunities for all. The education system is similar to that of other Nordic countries, with four levels: kindergarten, compulsory, upper secondary, and higher education. Children between the ages of two and six can attend kindergarten, while education is mandatory for children aged 6–16. Most educational institutions are funded by the state, and private schools are relatively rare.

Icelandic schools often integrate social and sports activities into their programs, providing children with a range of recreational options. Additionally, the Leisure grant is available to help cover participation and training fees for organized leisure activities. This grant is particularly beneficial for families with children, as it can cover the full cost in some cases.

For those seeking information about international schools, there are two options in the capital area: the International Department of Landakotsskóli and the International School of Iceland. Details about admission can be found on their respective websites.

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