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Participation at folk high schools

The statistics describes the participants at the Danish folk high schools according to age, gender, ancestry, education, income, area of residence by course length and school type. The statistics describes the students, which can be found in the statistics about supplementary courses - Folk High Schools, which gives a comprehensive description of the students participation in courses in folk high schools and free vocational schools.

Statistical presentation

The statistics describes the background of the participants at Danish folk high schools. In addition the background of the participants is described in terms of age, gender, ancestry, education and income in actual number of participants as well as in full-time student equivalents. Course lengths are short, medium and long. The statistic results are presented in school years and calendar years.

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Statistical processing

The statistics are based on the coordination of several of Statistics Denmark's statistic registers. The participants are identified from the register of adult education and continuing training, which annually collects data from the folk high schools' administrative systems and manual reporting. From this register information about the participants course length and about the type of school. The population register provides information of age, gender, residence, ancestry and family relations. The Register of highest education provides information about education, and from the the Income Register data on income is drawn.

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The folk high schools are often debated in the media, but there is limited knowledge of the participants' background. The statistics shed light on the folk high school area with a focus on the participants' background in addition to the existing statistics about folk high schools, which focus on the participants' course activity. The statistics are relevant for supporting educational and cultural policy debates and can be used by individuals, journalists, authorities and interest groups, as well as the providers of the basic statistical data.

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Accuracy and reliability

The number of participants are derived from a total reports of the folk high schools. The primary sources of uncertainty are errors in the reports of the schools and the existence of any schools that Statistics Denmark is not aware of. When combining the student register with the other background registers some register information may be incomplete. These participants will be categorized as uninformed. As the register coverage for foreign participants is generally poorer, the proportion of uninformed will be higher for the medium and long courses.

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Timeliness and punctuality

The statistics is issued once a year, and publication is approximately 10 months after the end of collection period. In general, the statistic is published in accordance with the announced time.

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The statistics is comparable with Statistics Denmark's statistics on activity at folk high schools. There are also statistics on the activity at participants in Sweden and Norway. There are statistics covering activities at folk high schools back to 1901, but this statistic on the background of participants are comparable from 2016 onwards.

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Accessibility and clarity

The results are published in the StatBank Denmark, see Culture and National Church; Culture, Economy and Structure; Culture, Education and Employment. Researchers can get access to the detailed data of the basic registers according to special agreement with Statistics Denmark. Special analyses using anonymized data from the basic registers used for this statistic can be supplied by the Service Department of Statistics Denmark.

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